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Kara Visits Monte-Carlo

So before the Monaco Media Forum began last night and I had to get all Web 2.0 again, BoomTown succumbed to the charms of this luxe town on the Riviera–home of James Bond movie moments, tax-evading expats and a whole lot of European royalty.

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In others words, quantum levels of classiness above where we exist (although we’d kill for a Starbucks every 50 yards).

Some observations about Monaco’s main town of Monte-Carlo:

It is really scenic, with lovely parks, flower-draped buildings, charming windy streets and stunning views of the water.

Also there’s enough gilt here to choke a horse, and if you want to buy a $100,000 watch, you’re all set. Also a Bentley!

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After a while though, the sheer Disney theme-park perfection of the place made me want to litter and spit.

Then, after another while, I half expected to see Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway show up in a real-life version of the “The Princess Diaries.”

Then, a fine cup of espresso made me a little less grumpy.

Also, lots and lots and lots of surveillance cameras everywhere, as in other European cities. Thus, I decided not to litter or spit.

It goes without saying: I have no class.

Still, here is my video tour of Monaco, which is 100% Internet-free:


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