"A Rich Man's World" Monte-Carlo by linni54

Monte-Carlo Travel Guide: 130 reviews and 523 photos

21st birthday Surprise

It was good to experience the `rich man’s world’ of Monte Carlo, where seriously rich people have the most enormous luxury boats which cost millions, some bigger than houses. Where the young drive around in Ferraris and other super sports cars as an every day occurrence, having probably been bought by their parents, just as we would buy play stations and computers for ours! Then there are the gamblers in the casino who flash their wads of 500 euro notes, whereas we were reluctant to part with our 10 and 5 euro notes!! Clothes which have been bought in Hermes, Guchi, Prada, and other designer shops. Not even Marks and Spencer for the likes of them. Wonder if any of them have been in Primark?!!!

They don’t bat an eyelid at paying £12.00 for two coca colas, or a bill that totals almost £90 for 3 meals of burger and chips, followed by 3 brownies, or breakfasts consisting of part of a baguette, a croissant and a miniscule cup of coffee for £10 a person!!! Astronomique!!!! I think we have been spoilt by American portions and prices.

Although Monte Carlo itself has huge charm, it is, all said and done, a billionaire’s Spain. Masses and masses of houses and apartments built up and up and up, almost like a pack of cards, against the mountains because space is so short. The coast of the Cote de Azur is gorgeous, and there are some lovely little beach resorts. It reminded us of the Amalfi Coast in Sorrento.

One night a few stars had flown in for a birthday party at Jimmy’s nightclub. £200,000 was paid for the hire of Russian hookers!!!! Son Callum was gutted because we got to know this by talking to a resident of Monte Carlo, whose friend was at the party, and he could have got Callum an invite! I would have wanted an invite too, just to see what the Russian hookers did!!!

The helicopter flights in and out of Monte Carlo were fun. Imagine, when asking Callum what it was like driving the Ferrari, he said it was like being in a go-cart. £200,000 the cheapest, and it was like being in a go-cart. Flip!!! Both husband and son enjoyed the driving though, and Callum thought his 21st birthday trip was cool. Something a bit different and something to remember, although future birthday celebrations won’t seem quite the same, somehow!!!

Glad we’re not there for the Grand Prix as the prices would probably increase even more, and if we wanted to reserve a table on the harbour, with a birds eye view of the racing, we were told it would cost £120,000 - obscene!!!

  • Last visit to Monte-Carlo: Apr 2009
  • Intro Updated Apr 25, 2009
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