I Miss This…Monte Carlo’s the Best

Written By: achangeofends - Apr• 14•11

I like to consider 2010 my own version of Eat Pray Love, except instead of searching for spiritual enlightenment, I was looking for tennis. Instead of Bali, Rome, and Mumbai, my trip led me to Rotterdam, Monte Carlo, Estoril, Paris, and then back to the States. Most of these journeys were focused on the tennis, but my trip to Monte Carlo was about something else. If you ask any of my closest friends, they will tell you that the top two items on my bucket list have always been to visit Monaco and to own a castle. Before you ask, no I do not own a castle. However, there is still time for that. Last April, I did get the chance to cross at least one thing (the No. 1 thing) off my bucket list when I visited Monaco.

By sheer coincidence and luck, my trip to Monaco happened to be during the first weekend of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tournament. This year I may be stuck watching from my couch, but at least I still have the memories for the amazing weekend I spent in Monte Carlo. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from around the tournament and mostly from around the beautiful country of Monaco.

 

We all know Monaco is famous for its wealthy visitors and it’s just as magnificent as you might imagine. Here’s the harbor by Monaco-Ville with some pretty amazing yachts. In the foreground of the photo, they were setting up stands for the Monte Carlo Grand Prix.

No trip to Monaco would be complete without a visit to the Monte Carlo Casino. This place is the stuff of legend. Beware, the interior is less impressive than you might imagine, but it was totally worth the money to say I gambled in Monte Carlo.

I found this on the way to my hotel and I instantly fell in love.

My first glimpse of the mysterious Monte Carlo Country Club. The Club is situated so their a direct view of both the Mediterranean and the Alps. It is absolutely breathtaking. Perhaps most interestingly, the MCCC is actually located in France, not Monaco; however, this isn’t terribly surprising, considering the country is less than 1 square mile.

Court Central is not only beautiful, but it’s a wonderful venue to see your favorite players in an intimate setting.

It may not have been the prettiest day, but there’s no way to detract from the amazing view from Court Central.

I was lucky enough to fulfill a life long ambition by making the trip to Monte Carlo, but even if you’ve never thought about before, I would recommend a visit. If you can’t afford the sky high prices, consider staying in nearby Nice (also a gorgeous city on the French Riviera) and taking the train into Monaco to visit the city.

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