Monte Carlo - August 2010
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Montecarlo train station is amazingly clean, modern, mall and almost desert - same as the rest of the city

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as most cities built between hills and the sea...

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most of it grows vertically

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a wall painting on the main police station - is St.George considered the Protector of Monaco? or at least the local police?

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some of the buildings are positively bizzarre

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and "local culture" is an absurd concept here

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the only social "glue" seems to revolve around the Prince's family...

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well, that, and opulence, of course

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Opulence

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Princess Grace (along with Ranieri and now their son and children)

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and Palms... this is MonteCarlo, in a nutshell

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Palms do seem to adapt to extreme situations here

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More Princess Grace

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some of the architectural tricks remind me of Genoa

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the odd piece of art, another feature of Monte Carlo

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laws of the land

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even the seagulls have to go to school, here

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the green patches are so tidy

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even plants look like art, in here

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even stuff that would look tacky in Las Vegas has its charm, here...

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everything looks "perfect"

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but if you zoom a little closer...

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the devil is definitely in the details...

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here I am approaching my secondary destination

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The Japanese Garden

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very small but

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full of stuff

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without looking cramped

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leaving through the opposite gate

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close to another impressive building

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here comes the main target of my visit: Grimaldi Forum

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Hosting the "From Kyoto to Tokyo" expo

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no pics allowed in it though

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So I'll just put some stuff from the shop in here

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but trust me

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the exhibition was truly spectacular

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more art (this one is by Pablo Atchugarry

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Don't ask...

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The whole place is like a candy shop, in a sense...