Well, there is one place that became very famous due to the James Bond movies and it’s Monaco. Yes, it is its very own country despite being one of the smallest countries in the world. One of the great things about being in Nice, the French Riviera, is the chance to go to Monaco which is not very far at all. As a matter of fact, even people from Italy (not far away either) travel to Monaco in order to work for one of the richest countries in the world. Can’t just have a bunch of rich people doing nothing while there’s no one to do the manual labor, right? Exactly, that’s why Monaco has to bring in workers from the surrounding areas which is probably one of the nice things about the place.
And how can one go to Monaco and not do any kind of gambling? Especially at the world famous Monte Carlo Casino!
In order to enter the Monte Carlo Casino’s gambling tables, you must provide some identification and pay some money to get in. There are several reasons for this as it’s a security measure to prevent weirdos or criminals from coming in to do bad stuff. But charging people is a tactic to push the tourist crowd out of there because inside the casino is just amazing. Just look at the ceiling, the paintings, and even the bathrooms were elaborate! I do have to appreciate while there were lots of tourists outside of the casino, there were very few inside of it. Only the hardcore gamblers who wanted to actually play to win (or lose) money.
Some advice about Monaco which is taking note when the Grand Prix takes place there every May. The race course goes through the city/country and the place is extremely expensive (particularly hotels!) because many people go there to go watch the race. So if you’re going to visit the country, make sure you do it when it’s not Grand Prix time! Otherwise, you’ll be paying a lot of money especially if you get a hotel room with a view of the race. Another thing to note is surprisingly, the people don’t speak English that well. It’s almost all French unless you meet an Italian who is likely working there. I had no problems utilizing my French language skills but it’s something to take note of.