Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise: Day 4 (Monte Carlo, Monaco)

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Day four on Windstar’s Star Pride took us to my dad’s favorite port, Monte Carlo! Monaco is located on the French Riviera in western Europe. It’s bordered by France on three sides, with one side bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Its center is about 16 kilometers from Italy and is only 13 kilometers northeast of Nice, […]

Travel Contests: Week of September 25, 2013

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This week’s travel contests: Win a $10,000 trip to Monte Carlo Win a trip for two to Italy Win a 7-day trip for two to Japan Win a trip to South Africa (on Facebook) Win a weekend of wine-tasting (on Facebook)

Taking the Train from Monaco to Italy

A Street in Ventimiglia

Last week, I wrote about how my wife Natalie and I had three meals in three countries in ONE day! We had breakfast in Monaco, lunch in Italy and dinner in France. Here’s the post. What I didn’t tell you is about how we got from Monaco to Italy … on a budget. Natalie and I were staying […]

16 Reasons to Stay at Hotel De Paris in Monaco

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The good folks over at Monte-Carlo SBM invited me and Natalie to come out so we could help promote their 150th anniversary. Back in 1863, they were the company that brought gambling to Monaco. It was formed by François Blanc and he called it Société des Bains de Mer et du Cercle des Etrangers à Monaco. […]

16 Reasons to Visit Monaco

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I can probably think of a thousand reasons to visit Monaco but then this would be a book instead of a blog post. So for now, here are 16 reasons why Monaco should be on your list of must-visit destinations: 1. Location Monaco is located on the French Riviera in western Europe. It’s bordered by […]

Three Meals, Three Countries, One Day

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Located on the French Riviera and with an area of just 1.25 square miles (2.02 km), the Principality of Monaco is within walking distance of France and biking distance to Italy. One incredible unadvertised fact about staying in Monte Carlo is that you can easily do something truly remarkable without even realizing it. In fact, […]

South of France with my Dad


Our Seabourn Quest cruise ended in Monte Carlo. My dad and I wanted to stay in Monaco, but a huge conference was going on and the whole country was sold out. How many countries can do that? We were a bit bummed but it ended up being a good thing because we got to explore […]