Nice was fantastic. The weather was great and even warm enough to take a dive in the Mediterranean. I also had my first experience with Socco. It’s a French food that reminds me of burnt pancakes that surprisingly tastes good. I was only there for a weekend, but decided to explore Monaco on Saturday and Nice on Sunday.
Monaco is about a 20 minute train ride from Nice and it’s where the “1 percentile” live. I wasn’t sure what they meant by “1 percentile”, but I quickly found out when I arrived at Port de Monaco. It means Monaco has money, lots of it, invested in high-speed luxury cars, and sleek yachts. Here is a picture of the one I’m going to own one day. (Hey Amanda, show your dad this one) Bad A$$
If the yachts don’t do it for you, then maybe the million dollar cars will.
Mercedies Benz, Mclaren – 900,000.00 euros
130 ft cruiser yacht, Overmarine – 17,000,000.00 euros
My AE Branch Assignment – Priceless!
At Monaco’s center is the famous casino in Monte-Carlo. I had a hundo burnin a hole in my pocket so I hit the roulette table. I once heard a wise man tell me to always double down (I’m not going to give his name up but it starts with “T” and ends with “odd”). Well, this didn’t go as planned. With a 10 euro minimum, I hit Red 4 times in a row and the house hit black… so I tapped out and walked away 80 Euro’s less. Oh well, I’ll get my money back from Todd when I return.
Nice is a bit more touristy. It also has casinos, miles of beaches, and cliff side villas. I was excited to jump in the Mediterranean, but I had to first painfully walk across the endless stretch of pebbles. This was not cool. The pebbles come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and directions
Even though perfecting my tan along with topless sunbathers was definitely a plus, I had to explore the 11th century cathedral at the highest point in Nice. This hill top marks the birthplace and has some spectacular views.
Around 8:00 pm I caught the 4 hour train ride home and met up with John Stutz, a C programmer by trade, and semi-pro photographer by heart. He works in Dublin but travels every month. He may even party with Steve, Natasa, Nyquist, Brandon, and I in Prague over New Years.