Monaco — 4 Comments

  1. Now here, Holly dear, is a territory I know well. You saw the façade. I used to spend 3 months a year in Monaco, frequently with 5-6 children on summer vacations. There is a middle class in Monaco, and even a working class. There are flats that rent very reasonably in good locations (the place is so small that a bad location is hard to find). There are restaurants which are not that expensive. The market in the port is wonderful, or you can just skip over to the Ventimiglia market to stock up. Bought summer clothes for the kids in shops on the side streets near the port, as reasonably as anywhere.

    One thing I found missing was a good doctor. I had a very sick child who was getting worse and worse under a doctor’s care there. He was treating her with antibiotics. After 3 weeks and 8 visits, I took her to another doctor in Nice who immediately diagnosed mono, for which you should not give antibiotics. There was some talk that if only they had taken Princess Grace to Nice, she might have survived.

    I do know that many of the “rich and famous” (particularly Italians) leave their really big jewelry in bank vaults in Monte Carlo and only wear them there, since it is considered very safe. You are so right that they don’t have crafts and clutter. Odd, isn’t it?

    • According to the people I know there – they said things have changed drastically in the last ten years. Monaco is not terribly affordable any more and most of the work force has since moved to France as the inexpensive buildings have been torn down in favor of new construction that can be sold off at an incredible rate.

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