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This is Slipstream, a 60 metre yacht with 6 state rooms. It accommodates 12 guests and 14 crew. Slipstream is the yacht that Simon Cowell charters when he fancies a holiday in the south of France. The smaller boat is probably hoping for a glimpse of him ... or one of his ladies. I snapped this at Golfe Bleue at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.
In the last photo, you see the yacht set against the backdrop of Monaco but it was late afternoon and I was shooting into the sun.
26 August 2013
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Arman's Motophant stands on a high plinth in the Chemin des Sculptures, near the circus tent, in Fontvieille. Isn't it absolutely perfectly named? Vroom Vroom ...
It was created in 1988 by Arman (Armand Pierre Fernandez) an American, who was born in Nice in 1928 and died in 2005.
22 August 2013
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This superyacht Amadeus is owned by French industrialist and art collector, Bernard Arnault. Bernard Arnault is France's richest person and not long ago said he would take Belgian citizenship to avoid the very high French taxes but there was such an outcry he changed his mind! He's the chairman and CEO of the French conglomerate LVMH, the largest luxury-products company in the world - Louis Vuitton and so on.
Amadeus was built in 1969 as a research vessel and was converted to a superyacht in 2007. She has an icebreaker hull.
19 August 2013
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We are in the beautiful neo-classical church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption in Eze village. The church was reconstructed between 1764 and 1778 after the original fell into ruin. It was classified as a National Monument of France in 1984.
Here, under an archway, is this golden portrait of Saint Martin sharing his cloak.
12 August 2013
I'm not sure if those bamboo poles are a work of art or a dry garden - perhaps both? Today we are on the enormous pontoon in Port Hercule - this is where those massive cruise ships tie up and this strangely shaped building houses the lifts, offices and access to parking.
11 August 2013
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It's painstaking work keeping Monaco's beautiful gaff cutter, Tuiga, in great condition. She celebrated her 100th birthday in 2009 and is the flagship of the Monaco Yacht Club.
She was originally comissioned by the Duke de Medinacelli, a close friend of the King of Spain, Alphonse XIII. Tuiga has known ten owners in 100 years.
In 1995, seduced by the slender lines of this yacht – regarded by Eric Tabarly as 'one of the world’s most beautiful yachts.' - H.S.H. Prince Albert II expressed his desire to own her, benefiting from the support of the 'Tuiga Committee.'
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Well, it's hardly the most exciting photo in the world, is it? But if you don't live in Monaco, or nearby, meet the Tour Odeon (Odeon Tower).
Le Tour Odéon is a double-skyscraper currently being built in the Principality of Monaco. It's the first high-rise in the city-state to be built since the 1980s. At 170 meters high, Tour Odeon will be the second tallest building on Europe's Mediterranean coast, after Gran Hotel Bali (186m) in Benidorm, Spain. Had Tour Odeon been built in neighboring France, it would be among that country's 10 highest buildings. It will be the 199th tallest building in the world - by floor count - upon its finish date.
Building Height : 170 meters, 50 floors.
259 residences, including 73 for-sale private luxury residences (including 2 Sky Duplex apartments of 1,200 m² each and 1 Sky Penthouse of 3,300 m² over 5 floors).
10 subterranean levels with 543 parking spaces.
Retail shops, offices and business centre. Wellness center including spa, a fitness center and a swimming pool.
Both the building's architecture and the shadows it casts on the cityscape have been criticized since the beginning of the project. In particular, residents of the adjacent French twon of Beausoleil have criticized the building for blocking the views and above all diminishing real estate values. An association was created, and the mayor called for discussions between French and Monegasque authorities. After a construction incident, some locals attributed the tower the nickname 'Odious Tower' The project continued as planned.
Click on THIS LINK to read a Daily Mail piece about the £250 million penthouse, the most expensive penthouse in the world!
03 August 2013
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They are normally served as beignets (fritters) or stuffed and baked. And they are delicious!