Monaco

The Principality of Monaco is a sovereign city-state, located on the French Riviera. France borders the country on three sides while the other side borders the Mediterranean Sea. Monaco has an area of 2.02 km2  and a population of about 37,800; it is the second smallest and the most densely populated country in the world.  Monaco’s most populous Quartier is Monte Carlo.  In 2014, it was noted that about 30% of the population was made up of millionaires, similar to Zürich or Geneva.  Prince Albert’s II family has ruled Monaco, with small interruptions, since 1297.

Monaco is a world that is difficult to comprehend.  After seeing the first Bently, Ferrari or a McLaren I was excited, then you seen another 50 of each.  We walked down what you would call an auto row.  The cheapest shop on the block was Mercedes, with a $200,000 AMG S cabrio in the window.  Bentley in Monaco is like yellow cab in Edmonton.  For taxi cars we saw Mercedes G Wagon and a Maserati Quatoroporte.  A small boat, that you would not be embarrassed to moor is about €5 million, a nice boat you could have a part on costs about €200 million,  a small 180m2 flat costs about €10 million.  From a relative stand point gelato is still cheaper in Monaco than in Marseilles and that is all I was really interested in, the rest of it just makes your head spin.

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