24 February 2009

Nathalie's Apartments


Unattractive apartments galore in Monaco, seeming to grow out of the hillside.

This photograph is by Nathalie from Avignon in Photos. (see yesterday's post on Menton Daily Photo to read about her visit)

We were up on the Rocher, looking down over the harbour. These apartments surround the port, so they have a wonderful view. But look closely and amongst the horrid buildings you find the odd gem. Sadly, when these villas come up for sale, they are often knocked down to make room for yet another massive apartment block.

The late Prince Rainier III was known as the 'Builder Prince' and it was during his reign that Monaco grew so massively. He built, for instance, the area of Monaco known as Fontvieille on land reclaimed from the sea. At Fontvieille, you find some beautiful blocks of apartments, not like these.

This is a view of Monaco I'd probably never have shown you, simply because I don't like it. Nathalie shows you the truth!

Tomorrow: We visit the famous cellars of the Hôtel de Paris - this is a treat not to be missed!

15 comments:

Arnaud said...

I's true that in view from the sea and from above, monaco is a sweltering city, but when you are inside you feel it less!

Hilda said...

This is a view that I never thought I'd see in Monaco. But it's kind of reassuring to know that not everything there is for the rich and famous only.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I read a guidebook description of Monaco that began with the question: "How many millionaires can you fit on the head of a pin?"

I am looking forward to your posts about the Hotel de Paris. I hoe you will tell the story of the wine cellar during World War II. If you don't, I will.

B Squared said...

Seems urban blight is everywhere.

Sharon said...

Wow, another amazing photo. You are so right, Nathalie has a wonderful eye for photography.

maria said...

Wow - I guess we don't realize that overcrowding can take place even in beautiful Monte Carlo, right?

Great job, Nathalie!

(As always, I'm looking forward to tomorrow!!)

Babooshka said...

My gosh I had no idea. Only been through on the train to Ventimiglia and it didn't seem as built up as this.

Jarart said...

The overcrowding is astonishing! I had no idea.

Tanya said...

Wow, amazing to think of how many people are housed in such a small area...

Jacob said...

That's amazing. What happens when all the people who live here get out on the streets?

Marie-Noyale said...

Comment dit on??? deja...

"Cages a lapin"!!!!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

not what I would expect in Monaco either. I need my yard with my cactus and trees and flowers. this concentration of condos is probably why so many who live there are on the streets and in the parks.

Nathalie said...

A density I'm not comfortable with either. Views to the sea somewhat do it for those lucky enough to have it but I'd hate to live in one of the apartments that only have street views.

Anonymous said...

Everyone does realise that even these apartments are extraordinarily expensive ... even if they need completely refurbished they still cost a fortune ...

cyanea said...

defintely a different perspective of Monaco

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