This is my simple photo journal. I like to take pictures and once a month or more, I load them onto this blog so that we can remember some of our family highlights.


Monte Carlo

Monaco is an amazing place.  It is the second smallest country and most densely populated in the world.

The land of Grace Kelly and the Grand Prix.
You can walk from one end of the country to the other, it is less than 3 miles wide. 
 It prides itself on 0% crime and unemployment and the world's highest average income of almost 200k.
It also boasts the longest life expectancy--90 years old.

I couldn't get over how perfect everything was.  It is beautiful--a little unreal.
This was the first stop that Tom felt good enough to leave the ship and take a short tour.
A french doctor had given him some breathing treatments and a heavy duty anti-biotic.
We jumped on a bus tour and rode around the city and saw the highlights.

This is Monaco's  famous Oceanographic Museum.  
It sits on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean.

The Oklands and I went inside.  It was the highlight of Monaco for me and I
know Tom would have loved seeing it.  Unfortunately the bus tour was all he could handle and
so I toured on foot without him.

The changing of the guard was kind of pathetic.  So not worth waiting around to see.
The guards don't even really believe in what they are doing.

Here is the famous casino.  
This is how Monaco decided to get on the map and make itself into a destination for the rich and famous.
Monacan citizens are not allowed to gamble.  
They do not pay income tax and so Prince Albert does not allow them gamble.  
He just wants to take outsider's money.... a smart King.