|We got to Monte Carlo after a full day's train ride about 4:00pm. Once we got there we were to call to have a shuttle from our hotel pick us up. We were told they would get us in half an hour. That came and went and we still waited at the train station. We tried to call a taxi and couldn't even get them on the courtesy phone. Finally we pretty much hijacked a taxi van that had dropped people off and he drove us to our hotel. Not even a taxi driver wants to argue with three very upset women. It was a small bed and breakfast, without the breakfast far up on the hill - not actually in Monte Carlo but in the next town. The Monte Carlo bus did not go as far as our hotel so anytime we wanted to go anywhere we had to walk about 1/2 mile to the last bus stop. One of the big problems was the International Yacht Show was being held and all of the taxis were dedicated to it. But I think Monte Carlo probably has serious traffic problems all the time with too many fancy cars and no room to build highways between the hills and the Mediterranean. There is also no place to park all those fancy cars.
We were so totally exhausted we decided to have pizza delivered. It was absolutely fabulous and since we bought 3 pizzas we got a bottle of wine free!
Probably because of the yacht show Martine was only able to get one room that was designed to sleep 3. It was actually a very large efficiency villa - with a fridge and stove. It had a queen bed and a twin bed. She had brought a sleeping bad for one person. It ended up Jim slept in the twin. Martine, Margaret and Donna slept in the queen and I had the best bed - I slept on the sleeping bag. I rolled up my rain jacket and used it as a pillow. I my "bed" in front of the French door window, which we left open. I could look out and see the stars - Orion was fully visible. It was just chilly enough to be perfect sleeping weather.
The one full day we had in Monte Carlo we made the most of. By riding the tourist circuit city bus we were able to see most of Monte Carlo cheaply. Martine, Margaret and I saw the aquarium and the old displays from the original Oceanography Museum. Everyone else saw the palace but I enjoyed walking through the garden near the cathedral. Jim & Donna went in to the casino but the rest of us passed because even to get into one of the gambling table rooms cost 10 Euros and that was over and above what you would probably lose. I walked along the harbor front while they were in the casino and got my feet wet. There were a few people laying out (some topless) and a couple in the water but it was fairly chilly when the sun was behind a cloud and the beach was not a white sandy beauty but mostly pebbles.
Overall, while it was enjoyable for one day, I don't think Monte Carlos was worth the effort it took to get there. Only if I was in the general area would I have any interest in going back and then only to see the gardens again.