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Monaco by night

17 Aug

The first week of my sabbatical, and while Thomas was still working, I spent in Monaco.

Not that I am especially fond of big yachts and other luxury excesses you might encounter in that, let’s say, very peculiar place… But I have spent many happy hours there since childhood and I like to be there from time to time, especially in summer because of the beach and the open-air Häagen-Dazs café (hehe).

I thought I’d share with you a few photos I took last week…

The casino

The Café de Paris

Detail of the Casino

Board for the car keys at Hotel de Paris

Musicians playing at the Bar Américain.

The Opera, by Garnier and freshly renovated.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the Häagen-Dazs Café and in particular of the “Brownie Explosion” I ordered this time. See, I was not much into photography at that moment…

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The cat who decided to live outside

17 Aug

I retain cats are interesting little creatures.

All cats I’ve known always proved to have quite a strong temper. Last week in Monaco, I met one which was definitely one of those hardcore-“I-do-only-what-I-want”- types of cat.

Every evening on my way back home (walking back from the beach, hehe ), I’d see him comfortably lying on his sofa on his motorbike-used-as-sofa, in the street in front of our building. A couple of meters further, was his bathroom catbox with sand, and on the front door steps his kitchen a few “croquettes” (French cat food).

“what the hell, cat! You don’t have a home?” Homeless beings in Monaco… Who would have thought?

After a week of so, we finally uncovered this mistery, while chatting with Liliane, the neighbour.

“Et beh… Figurez-vous que depuis que ses propriétaires ont décidé de prendre un deuxième chat, et ben, Monsieur, il est jaloux et il veut plus rentrer dans la maison! Et ça fait des mois que ça dure!”

Did you get it? 😉