26 June 2008

Monte Carlo Lady - 16


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

11 comments:

Halcyon said...

I guess shopping in heels is tiring! It always made me laugh to see French ladies walking through Disneyland Paris with high heels on.

And this lady has black heels with short white pants... she must not be a true Frenchwoman. :)

Laurie Keller said...

I love this photo. Mostly because I just don't get the shoes at all! And the sneakers on the stairs are quite complimentary.

alice said...

I love Halcion's comment!

Clueless in boston said...

My first thought is that her shoes must be comfortable, else she would have them off while sitting there. Shopping may be hard work, but it looks like she made a pretty good haul.

M.Benaut said...

She is thinking, "how much longer will he be ?
So much for French men !"

Gail's Man said...

All those gold credit cards must be weighing her purse down and slowing down her speed of visiting all those expensive shops.

Are there any poor people in Monte Carlo ? There's a task for you Jilly, try and photograph some!

David -- www.CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I think that the challenge to photograph poor people in Monaco would be too difficult. Before I visited Monaco, I checked a guidebook, and it began with the line "How many millionaires can you fit on the head of a pin?"

A friend of mine commented that he sent his laundry to be done by his hotel in Monaco, and when it came back with each piece of clothing wrapped in tissues with a bow, he knew he was going to be in trouble with the bill at check-out. He said that the laundry bill was so expensive that he kept wearing the underwear and socks that he had cleaned in Monaco even when they developed holes in them, until they were falling apart, because he felt that he needed to get his money's worth from the Monaco hotel cleaning bill.

Monaco is spotless. And it feels quite safe. The police have a lot of surveillance cameras to watch what is going on in the streets and sidewalks. I didn't see any homeless people or people begging for money.

Gail's Man said...

Hi Jilly, I've just replied to David's comments, with some of my own: Thanks for the reply to my comments on Jilly's page re photographing poor people. There must be some relatively normal people that don't have swiss bank accounts. What about refuse collectors, post office workers? your hotel dry cleaning person? Where do they live, how do they dress. Be interesting to see.

Go seek out the answers Jilly.

Anonymous said...

'relatively normal people'

live over the border in the outlying villages/towns ...

Jilly said...

As Anonymous says, most of the workers live in France or come in from Italy to work. However, there is social housing in Monaco for those who have fallen down on their luck. Available I believe to citizens of Monaco (am not sure if it includes residents - there is a difference). You'll not see street people begging in Monaco cos the police don't allow it. So you'll find them in nearby Menton, Roquebrune etc.

David -- www.CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The phenomena of workers coming to resort areas from outlying locations is not unique to Monaco, of course. It is a worldwide practice. Even in the beach resort town of Tamarindo, Costa Rica, the subject of my Daily Photo, there are practically no Costa Ricans left. They sold their land to foreigners or local developers, the developers built luxury houses and condos priced for the international market, and the locals take buses into the resort area from neighboring towns to work in the service jobs.

There have been articles about problems in ski resorts such as Aspen and Vail, Colorado, USA, because the workers cannot afford to live there, and there are not many nearby towns with housing in which they can live conveniently and affordably.

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