30 June 2008


Is Monaco an illusion? You can see another photo of this yacht by clicking on the link.

29 June 2008

A decorated house

A decorated house in Cap d'Ail. Cap d'Ail, which adjoins Monaco, has so many beautiful houses. Here's just one.

28 June 2008

Just look up...

Wander around Monaco and just look up... this decorated building is just up from the port.

27 June 2008

Echelle a Bras Attelée

Fireman's ladder from the 1890's on display in Fontvieille just outside the police station.

26 June 2008

Monte Carlo Lady - 16

Shopping is obviously hard work - a Monte Carlo lady takes a rest.

25 June 2008

Miami Plage, Larvotto Beach

Early morning. Most of Monaco is asleep. Soon the day will burst into life but for a few precious moments, the beach is ours.

24 June 2008

The lunch break

The barriers put up for the Monaco Grand Prix are still being dismantled. Here we see a group of tourists taking a break and sitting on a barrier - the start finish line of the Grand Prix, full of normal cars today, is almost behind them. A rather noisy lunch venue I'd have thought although they are looking out at the yachts in the port - behind me. So lunch with a view.

23 June 2008

The eagle has landed

Eagle - or maybe a vulture? - on a roof in Cap d'Ail. In fact, there is an eagle on each corner of this lovely house.

22 June 2008

Behind the curtain

There's always something interesting to look at. This lady peers from behind her curtain in a first floor apartment on the pedestrian street that runs up from the port.

21 June 2008

The Sports Clinic

You probably don't need to be told that this is Monaco's medical clinic for sports injuries. Just look at the people outside. It's on the road that goes down from the casino to the port - hence the slope.

20 June 2008


Here you see the mirror above Moods, the new nightclub in Monaco. These photographs were taken the day after it opened - still workers around doing last minute touch ups. At night, cascades of water fall each side of the steps.

You can read more by clicking on the link.

(I'm in the USA at the moment - Westerville, near Columbus, Ohio - later I'll be in Utah - so big apologies for lack of comments over the last week and thanks so much to everyone who is commenting on my blogs. I really appreciate them. I hope, from today, to slowly start commenting again provided Internet access allows it).

19 June 2008

Monte Carlo Gentleman - 5

The photographer photographed. He's standing outside Moods, a great new music bar at the back of the Cafe de Paris - where he'll be videoing, I believe. Tomorrow I'll show you more - no ladies, not of this gorgeous creature, but Moods.

18 June 2008

Monte Carlo Lady - 15

An older lady today - walking her little Chihuahua in the gardens at the back of the casino.

17 June 2008

Water wings

The pool on the yacht you saw yesterday. The boy is about to take a swim. Perhaps he can't swim which is why he has the water wings.

16 June 2008

Pool aboard

Seems you can get most things on yachts these days. Here you see a swimming pool on one and games table on the yacht alongside. Come back tomorrow to see who is about to take a swim.

15 June 2008


Lazing about on his boat in the port of Monaco. Quite an 'embonpoint', wouldn't you say? Taken, I believe, from the French - en bon point = in good condition.

Note: The Frugal Traveler from the New York Times featured Monte Carlo and Menton recently. Click on the link read about Monaco and then see a video of Menton. Thanks so much to Alden for this information.

14 June 2008

A fountain in Fontvieille - 2

Here you see a detail from the fountain shown yesterday. When I was photographing earlier, a policeman came out of the nearby police station and asked me what I was doing. I told him I had a Monte Carlo blog and that I was taking shots for it. I asked if that was OK. No problem, he said. Off he went.

As I was photographing this spout, another policeman appeared. Good looking. As I said yesterday, Monte Carlo policeman are genetically programmed to look delicious. He also asked what I was doing. I told him and this time I said, 'You are the second officer to ask what I'm doing. Do you mind telling me why you are asking me. Don't you see tourists taking pics all the time?'

He explained that it was unusual for someone to be photographing detail. He said most tourists photograph the big picture and that's why I'd been asked. And then he told me to 'carry on' and it was just fine.

I still thought it a bit strange.

13 June 2008

A fountain in Fontvieille

A fountain in Fontvieille. This is just outside the police station and near to the church. Come back tomorrow for more detail and to read why I was asked twice - by the police - what I was doing. Monaco police are all gorgeous, by the way, so no complaints from me!

12 June 2008

Time to ponder...

This was taken at the time the Grand Prix was being set up - hence those temporary barriers. It's 8.00 in the morning - that's Cap Martin in the background and beyond it, Italy.

A Monaco policeman stares into the water. Time to ponder...

11 June 2008


These three little boats were being towed across the harbour yesterday. Don't you think this would be fun, sitting in a little boat with someone else doing all the work?

You can see the difference in sky here to yesterday's photo, yet taken a couple of hours apart. I took this from the Bateau-Bus - the ferry that crosses the harbour. Sally (Sydney Daily Photo) Piero, Ben and I lunched at Stars n' Bars in the port, then grabbed the Bateau-Boat (1 euro) and crossed the harbour where we then climbed to the casino area and had refreshing cold drinks sitting outside the Café de Paris. Why weren't you all with us?

10 June 2008

Sally from Sydney in Monte Carlo!

Remember the Great Monte Carlo Swimming Pool Quiz? - click on the link. It was won by Sally from Sydney Daily Photo. Here is Sally - just out of the water this afternoon, where she'd been swimming with her son, Ben - two water babes I promise you. Sally, Ben and Sally's husband, Piero, have been brightening my life over the last two days and tomorrow I sadly say goodbye and put them on the train to Avignon and the wonderful and talented Nathalie.

09 June 2008

Monte Carlo Ladies - 14

These two ladies were posing for what appeared to be an official photographer in the Casino gardens. So I had to snap too! The lady in denim looks somewhat familiar to me. Perhaps she is a French actress?

08 June 2008

Harley for sale

Shiny, fascinating - anyone want a Harley? This one was parked along Avenue Princesse Grace not far from the Portier roundabout.

07 June 2008

Jean-Baptiste, le Monégasque

This sculpture - called Jean-Baptiste, le Monégasque - is by Rachid Khimoune, and stands outside the Grimaldi Forum on Avenue Princesse Grace. You can read more about the artist and his work by clicking on the link.

The sculpture is part of a series - Children of the World - click to see more.

06 June 2008

Elephant needing a haircut

This elephant is one of four animals standing at the children's playground in Fontvieille. Methinks he needs a haircut.

05 June 2008

La Note Bleue

Preparing for the day at the La Note Bleue on Larvotto Beach - one of the trendier beach restaurants, with great music. Don't be fooled by the bright blue sky. I took this a week or so ago. Weather isn't good here - raining, miserable - not at all what it should be in Monaco or the south of France in May/June. We are all complaining. Are you sorry for us?

Back from Spain last night and sick with fever and bronchitis, which is why I didn't comment on Theme Day on Monday or Tuesday. A visit to the doc this morning produced antibiotics, and a ton of other medication. French docs love to prescribe. It will surely sort me out before Sally (& famille) from Sydney DP arrives on Sunday. Spain has the same dreadful weather as much of southern Europe this year so I blame the weather and lots of work at the show.

Returned to no telephone or internet - again! A call this morning promised it would be done on the 11th June and then two hours ago - miracle! - two young France Telecom guys arrived and it's fixed. Rah, rah, rah. They said the line was damaged, bent and needed replacing and there was some other problem too. Thanks so much for all comments. Now, finally, with the Internet at home, I'll start to catch up with you all.

04 June 2008

Bring on the day!

Larvotto Beach early in the morning. Sleeping off the night before - or waiting for the sun to warm up.

03 June 2008

Cool pool

This reflective pool is on the left of the entrance to the Grimaldi Forum - above you see the entrance to the Japanese Gardens.

02 June 2008

The Beach Towel

If you want something to take home with you, why not a beach towel to remind you of the good times. These are for sale on Larvotto Beach.

01 June 2008

Theme Day - My Corner Shop

There is no 'corner shop' as such in Monaco - either supermarkets or street markets or, as here, a traiteur. (Truthfully, there could be one on le Rocher but I didn't get up there with all the chaos of the Grand Prix).

Mr. Brian's is owned by a charming Englishman called - no surprise - Brian. He started years ago by importing the best Scottish smoked salmon into Monaco and his business, like Topsy, just grewed. He now employs 4 chefs and produces beautiful food that is served to the rich and famous, often on their yachts. You can read about Mr. Brian's by clicking on the link. You can also read about the day Brian's dog was taken by clicking on The Day Lou was Stolen!

Do click here to view thumbnails of all 174 participants to see their take on today's theme.

I'm working at a dog show in Spain all day today (150 Old English Sheepdogs from around the world) but will spend tomorrow catching up and commenting. Meanwhile have a lovely Theme Day everyone!

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