Monte Carlo - August 2010
Montecarlo train station is amazingly clean, modern, mall and almost desert - same as the rest of the city
as most cities built between hills and the sea...
most of it grows vertically
a wall painting on the main police station - is St.George considered the Protector of Monaco? or at least the local police?
some of the buildings are positively bizzarre
and "local culture" is an absurd concept here
the only social "glue" seems to revolve around the Prince's family...
well, that, and opulence, of course
Princess Grace (along with Ranieri and now their son and children)
and Palms... this is MonteCarlo, in a nutshell
Palms do seem to adapt to extreme situations here
More Princess Grace
some of the architectural tricks remind me of Genoa
the odd piece of art, another feature of Monte Carlo
laws of the land
even the seagulls have to go to school, here
the green patches are so tidy
even plants look like art, in here
even stuff that would look tacky in Las Vegas has its charm, here...
everything looks "perfect"
but if you zoom a little closer...
the devil is definitely in the details...
here I am approaching my secondary destination
The Japanese Garden
very small but
full of stuff
without looking cramped
leaving through the opposite gate
close to another impressive building
here comes the main target of my visit: Grimaldi Forum
Hosting the "From Kyoto to Tokyo" expo
no pics allowed in it though
So I'll just put some stuff from the shop in here
but trust me
the exhibition was truly spectacular
The whole place is like a candy shop, in a sense...