Monday, November 14, 2011

International Man of Mystery

Port de Fontvielle
I just returned from a trip to Europe where I visited six countries in a little over a week and half. Technically speaking one of them is only a city state. From the picture you can probably guess that I didn't visit the Vatican, rather I am talking about Monaco.

Clearly going to Monaco or anywhere in Europe is not something that entirely sucks. I have been an F1 fan for most of my life and my favorite race every year is the Monaco Grand Prix. It is a place that holds an almost mystical aura for an F1 tragic such as myself. It was my first trip and I found it absolutely gorgeous. Even with poor weather, I was still blown away by the beauty of the Côte d'Azur while driving from Nice to the center of Monaco. There is also still a huge novelty factor for me from being able to jump on the Eurostar in London and travel by train to Paris. As a country boy who grew up in a small town, I still remember looking at maps and marveling at how huge the world is and thinking I would be lucky to see Australia, let alone live and travel internationally. Catching the Eurostar is a long way from my childhood trips to Dubbo on the XPT.