Returning to Monte Carlo baby

Trip Start May 04, 2011
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Trip End Feb 20, 2014


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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Said goodbye to my Nice hotel and went a block down the road for a haircut. Interesting experience when the hairdresser doesn't speak English (she kept talking to me in French tho as if I understood...) so I just said oui and away we went.

Walked to train station with 3 bags, navigating the terminal all whilst phone to ear talking to the beautiful Bri – talent. Train to Monaco is scenic and getting off at the Monte Carlo train station was a moment when the smile went on my face and has pretty much stayed the whole day. I love this place. This is the only international destination (besides Johannesburg & Ghana, both work related) that I have come back to a second time.

My hotel is AMAZING. I am writing this while looking out over my balcony to the stunning Port Hercule. Grandstands from the Grand Prix are slowly being dismantled, boats come in and out and the Palace is right in front of me. This hotel is cheaper than my previous Monte Carlo hotel (Fairmont), but far superior in every way. The lobby, hallways and rooms are like being in one of the palaces I visited on my 2009 trip. Everything about my room is perfect and I could totally live here in this room forever. It is an overindulgent splurge at $2,000 for 3 nights, but it is my reward for the hard slog of the last few years and the sacrifices made.

The weather turned miserable in the late afternoon. But I soldiered on and saw the 3rd harbour which I did not see on my first visit. Strolled back to the hotel where I was met by some paparazzi out front. Although I had thought they were for me, apparently there are some television 'celebrities’ staying here for the 51st Annual Television Festival...hmmm. Some guy was next to me at check-in and is obviously famous, but I don’t know any UK Tv celebs, so it was lost on me.

Tish and Kieran drive in tomorrow for the next two nights and I’m v excited to see some familiar faces. Tish and I have been talking about this possibility to meet up for months and it is about to be reality :-)  
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