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Monte Carlo…One Person’s Dream or the World’s Nightmare?

October 8, 2012

After sleeping on the beach, with no proper morning freshening up, we headed to Monte Carlo, Monaco. It takes less than 30 minutes from Nice to get there. My mission was to go to the hotel where James Bond played the poker game in Casino Royale.

My first impression of Monaco was that it was very hilly. The roads had these intense curves where you could barely see the cars in front of you. Further observations showed that Monaco is amazingly built. Somehow, they were able to build tunnels and buildings within the hills. In addition, almost every apartment complex had an amazing view of the pier and the super yachts. It was like a futuristic space city but with European historical architecture.


I have to admit, I though I was pretty unsensitized to some of the culture of the rich and famous. Living in Tenafly and Miami, I thought I saw the whole ridiculousness of it, but the Monegasques, these people take it to a next level. The parking lot of the Monte Carlo casino itself was probably the National GDP level of a small country. There were limited edition Mercedes and BMW…Rolls Royce, Ferraris, and Lambos were the norm. Then when you walk to the pier, the multitudes of the yachts were jaw dropping. The yachts just got bigger and bigger and bigger as you walked by them.

In Front of the Monte Carlo!

Working in development and for the World Health Organization, it makes me think of the amount of money that is wasted in luxury. Am I saying this because, I don’t have the access like this? I do feel that I would want to have this type of access, but would not want to spend money on that kind of luxury. Should one person’s dream and access be made available in return for the sacrifice of the poor parts of the world? Then again, to many folks, it is out of sight, out of mind.

These are all questions, I can’t answer right now, however going to Monaco was indeed an experience, and I had the chance of going into 007’s casino. Maybe the next time, I’ll be able to play a high stakes poker game there.

“Create experiences that leave you in awe, for these will be the highlights of your life.” Ryan Blair


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