22.5.09

Monte Carlo


So, in the preprogrammed posting during my absence, here is a new episode from our wonderful stay on the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur) on the invitation by Jilly; this time with some shots from Monte Carlo. Please note that Jilly also has a special Monte Carlo blog!

It’s difficult to imagine the present economic crises when you visit a place like this. We also somehow behaved as if there is no crisis and had some champagne at the “Bar Américain” of the Hôtel de Paris, followed by dinner at the Café de Paris. Fortunately there are days like these!

Most of the buildings around the “Place du Casino”, the Casino, the Opera and the Grand Hôtel, were designed by Charles Garnier, the creator of the Paris “Opera Garnier” (see previous post).

The place was in full preparation for the Formula 1 race next weekend with stands and a lot of protections built up which made it difficult to get any larger nice views for photos.

If you want to have a closer look on some of these photos, please go to Ipernity.

Time to wish you a nice weekend!

26 comments:

krystyna said...

The Friench Riviera is marvelous
and I see that you and your friends spend a marvelous time.

Peter, you are one of very few who are meeting with bloggers friends.
Really nice.

Thank you for sharing!

I wish you relaxing and wonderful weekend!

Cezar and Léia said...

Wonderful pictures!
many thanks for sharing
Léia

Virginia said...

Peter,
Oh how I wish I could have joined you all on this wonderful weekend. I've enjoyed all the photographs and the interesting way you all have photographed the same spots. How fun to share this with each other. I look forward to my time in Paris with you and having the opportunity to photograph Paris together. I hope we can include many blog friends as well!
V

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Great shots! The first picture looks brilliant! I'm sure its great fun meeting up with fellow bloggers!

Do have a wonderful weekend!

Cheers

Rakesh

Cheryl said...

Lovely!

hpy said...

Il y a plein de monde sur les routes, les restaurants sont pleins à craquer, il faut réserver à temps si on veut une table. Et on parle de crise! Pas pour tout le monde, c'est certain.

Olivier said...

c'est la fête, merci pour la coupe de champagne ;o))

Leena said...

Fabulous !
And the crise does not change those buildings - fortunately !

Leena said...

I mean of course crisis, sorry!
I looked at the word crise" and it is
Portuguese :)

claude said...

Nous y sommes allés avec mon Chéri il y a quelques années de cela. Nous y retounerons en 2012 avec nos amis américains et passerons une semaine imerais bien aller faire un petit tou à St-Trop et aussi à Marseille.

Nathalie said...

Claude, c'est ton clavier qui avale les lettres ou c'est le champagne qui te monte à la tete ?

Lovely top photo Peter, I'm actually quite envious. I'll have to ask you what setting you were on to achieve this. The light is perfect and so is the depth of field. It really renders the evening's atmosphere very well.

Yes Virginia, roaming the place with four other photographers was fun. For some reason the boys spent longer around the posh cars than the women did. Ah, big toys for big boys!

alice said...

Coucou Peter! J'espère que ta semaine se passe pour le mieux. La mienne fut ... mouvementée! Et demain, je serai à Paris pour la journée mais je ne pense pas que tu seras rentré, dommage...

*SparkleMirror* Kiln-Fired Art Studio said...

These are some beautiful collages of an apparently extravagant Monte Carlo. Even in your absense with preprogramming your posts are magnificent, and Jilly must be an impressive host. Thanks Peter, and I hope Sweden is being good to you...
David

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Fantastic photos! I went to Monaco last year for a day out..whilst staying in Liguria.. it was brilliant.

My husband is there now, he works in Formula 1, as done for 8 years, travels everywhere with them!

Ash said...

Fantastic images, Peter!

GMG said...

Hi Peter! Sorry for the absence, but I’ve been busy with my parents’ health; almost 180 years to care... ;)

WOW! So, this time you won at the Casino! Big splurge, like Frommers' guide used to say when instead of «Europe on 5 (five) dollars a day» you were going to spend ten (10)... ;))

Blogtrotter is paying homage to Vilnius as European Capital of Culture 2009. Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!

Shammickite said...

Ah Peter... how the other half live! I don't suppose I shall ever see Monte Carlo in real life, so I am enjoying your pictures and your experiences through my computer screen.
Enjoy your time in Sweden!

lyliane said...

Tu as gagné au casino la somme pour louer un balcon pour le grand prix : 3000€?

Jilly said...

Oh Peter what a great set of photographs. I love them all but particularly love the champagne (of course!) and the last photo on the right. Love the way you see into the Salle Empire with its beautiful decoration. It is a truly gorgeous room and we see a glimpse. Clever you.

Grand Prix time is with us. Jenson Button is on pole for the race tomorrow.

Tanya said...

Gorgeous photos Peter! What an amazing trip :)

lasiate said...

Beau voyage. Tu n'as pas mis ton appareil au clou.
Je fais un passage à paris début juillet avant une longue ballade en Europe de l'est. A l'occasion .....

Azer Mantessa said...

i think i recognize some scene from James Bond :-)

Thanks you Jilly!

ALAIN said...

Les lustres sont particulièrement somptueux. En temps de crise le champagne est vraiment indispensable, sinon on est trop déprimé.

Catherine said...

A Monaco, fais comme les Monégasques.
Tu nous offre là, certainement un des plus beaux quartier de Monte Carlo.
Il est déjà difficile de circuler en ville en tant que piéton, j'imagine qu'aux préparatifs du Grand Prix que les passants doivent se faire tout petits.
A bientôt.

Peter said...

Thanks all for your comments! I'm a bit late to answer you all individually.

Just answering a question! We will have to meet again Nathalie, soon, to discuss settings! :-)

ParisBreakfasts said...

Again! What a fabulous first shot of the wine glasses view...
WOW