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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Day 6: Lyon - Avignon (France) - Monte Carlo (Monaco) - Nice (France)

It is one of the oldest city in the world and once became the center of the Christianity because the Pope moved from Rome to this city. The popes stayed here for more than a century before moving back to Rome.

Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace)

The town is small and it is quite easy to cover all the important places by foot. After visiting Popes' Palace, we walked to the town hall and had our lunch there.

Opera house

Town hall

Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo is the capital city of Monaco. It is one of the four smallest countries in Europe and the wealthiest.

Monaco is also host to the Formula 1 race. Whenever the event is held there, Monaco population suddenly shoot up as people will be coming from all over the world including the celebrities and expensive sports cars will make their public appearance too. The race track is actually the roads in the city itself.

We visited Monaco Cathedral where Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly got married. It is also the final resting place for the couple. We continued our walk to the Prince's Palace and from there we saw the breathtaking view of Monte Carlo.

Prince's Palace

Monte Carlo

Next, dinner with everyone in the group.

Another shot of the palace and the city:

After dinner, we headed to the Casino. The casino was designed by Garnier, which was also the architect of Opera Garnier in Paris. In front of the casino, expensive sports cars were parked: Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, etc. you name it they have it. All the people here were so well dressed. It was more glamorous than the casino scene in Las Vegas. But comparing the size of casino, any Las Vegas casino was much bigger.

Monte Carlo Casino

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