Country Profile Monte Carlo - Monaco  
Villefranche - Our morning outing by bus along the Moyen Corniche ($3 for a round trip) took us to Monaco. We ambled down through the exquisite park above the Monte Carlo Casino and made a circle around the building and along its shoreline balustrade before stopping at a street front table at Le Café de Paris for a bottle of Le Bastide Dauzac Margaux accompanied with olives and crackers. We took our leisure as we people (and Lamborghini) watched at our table across from the Casino. It's a lovely town with lots of pricey shops. We entered the Casino with its impressive multi-hued marble - rust columns, ivory walls, black, gold and gray floors and trim. We strolled back to the bus along the shore - marina, fabulous yachts, deep blue waters. Villefranche is charming, picturesque and has some interesting sites. Note: Bus runs from Nice to Monte Carlo and a ticket costing 11 francs is good all day. Excerpt from Barcelona-Amsterdam Journal, September 7, 1999