02 July 2011

Trip To France: Monaco & A Royal Wedding

We just returned from a vacation in the South of France - a real treat for me, for I hadn't been beyond Paris

Monaco-Ville (Old City), Monaco

We had talked big, of renting a fancy convertible car for our week of relaxation
But ended up renting a VW Golf  :)

We daydreamed of renting a small yacht too
but found ourselves in a kayak for two :)

Fontvieille Port, Monaco

So we harnessed that little Golf
and headed to Monaco for the day -

Home to the Monaco Grand Prix, 
James Bond filming location,
the late Princess Grace Kelly,
second smallest country,
tax haven with famous casinos,
and the world's highest GDP per capita

Although clearly this area was dripping with money,
everyone we saw was just a plain Jane tourist like ourselves

And silly me, couldn't figure out why they were flying so many South African flags

The Palace Of Monaco

Am I the only one who didn't know?
There is a 2 day royal European wedding this weekend
between Prince Albert II of Monaco 
and former South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock

You can see the wedding itinerary here,
which includes a concert by The Eagles 
and a reception all citizens are invited to attend

HRH Prince Albert II & Miss Charlene Wittstock

We saw lots of security at the Nice airport and 
expensive cars to pick up the guests for the big day
(no famous sightings)

It was definitely a day we won't soon forget

You know I have to throw in some flag trivia...
I didn't know it was possible for two countries to share the same flag!

Even if you are not a flag nerd like me,
you have got to admit that is interesting

To be continued...

unless otherwise noted,
all photos by me

Trip To France Series
Part II: Cote d'Azur
Part III: Provence

Source: Wikipedia


Pet said...

Funny, I even won at the Casino once, avec le dix noir, but I didn't know about the flags.
I really like your blog, the well told stories, the little dry irony, I wish I had the patience to "finish the drawings" myself :-)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thanks, Pet! I really appreciate the positive feedback :)

Julia Writer said...

I would love to hear more! I'm covering this wedding for my blog :)

the fishermans cottage said...

Wonderful photos, just love the yellow street scene.. lucky you it looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time x

Missy said...

Oh I love Monaco!! I've been a couple of times as when I've visited Nice as it's easy to reach which is good. Glad you had a fab time and managed to get some lovely weather!

molly said...

lovely pics.
Would like to be there.
Love the VW T1 very much.
Lovely hugs

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What a shame you were not there long enough to actually be able to watch The Royal Wedding. We were once in Stockholm in the 70's and saw a Royal Wedding quite by chance! Glad you enjoyed your trip to the south of France, thanks for sharing.

Michele said...

Lovely photos! What a treat!

Taylor Made said...

We watched highlights of the civil ceremony on our news tonight...she is stunning - although the pressure to now produce a male heir to the throne or the whole country is handed back would be almost to heavy a burden to bear me thinks!!!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Monaco is lovely and the casino is spectacular! Looks like you had a wonderful time.

GirlSprout said...

Thanks for taking me around Europe with you!

Robynne's Nest said...

Way to go Laura! Can't wait to see the rest of your holiday. Would love to visit Monaco...when I was growing up, Princess Caroline was my hero! Lovely photos. Robx

{Amy} said...

Monaco looks gorgeous...ahhh.. am just looking at your pictures and daydreaming of one day visiting there!

Pink Princess said...

Hi Laura, you're so lucky to have been at the two royal weddings! Looking forward to reading about the rest of your South of France trip. I love love love that region!

Hines-Sight said...

I bet that was a great vacation. YOu will have to send me the link where you stayed. That area is gorgeous. Stayed a few nights in Monaco. I knew about the wedding, but honestly, didn't really care. I think I would have been more excited if he married 10 to 15 years ago. He's 53 now.


Barbara said...

Great photos of my favorite places!

About Last Weekend said...

Oh how funny - we've just been there too. Wasn't it a dreamy place, such a hasty visit we didn't get to the old town - love your photos of it. Can youu believe how amazing their public pool on the wharf was - looked like the most incredible hotel pool!

Elizabeth said...

I love Monaco! Have been a few times and I have to tell you that we did not manage to get the convertible or the yaht either!

Still had a wonderful time! Love all of the photos!

Kia said...

What a beautiful trip! Wonderful photos :) and a lovely blog.

Bonnie said...

What a great treat for us to view your lovely pictures and commentary. The two countries with the same flag is interesting. Sounds like a huge celebration. I would love to visit Monaco. Glad you had such a great trip.

American in Bath said...

You know what, I've always wanted to go to Monaco. Don't I feel silly that I've never managed it. I hope you enjoyed your fourth.

Hong Kong Badger said...

Haha- I didn't know that about Monaco's flag, great piece of trivia! ;-)

Cassi said...

Oh my, I wonder if we were there the same day! I too, had no idea about the wedding until we tried to get into the castle and it was closed to prep for the wedding! I just love, love, love your photos and storytelling. Thanks for finding me so I could find you!

kindra said...

now i understand the flag stuff more--thanks for the hint about signing up---i am so excited to be able to read about your adventures, but b/c i just saw you i can imagine you telling them to me, even better---keep up the good work!

Entertaining Women said...

Your eye for photography continues to amaze. Wonderful perspectives. I'm investigating a Nikon D 7000; I think that it's my new camera of choice. Cherry Kay