When we got to the main square, we found out that the Formula 1 Monte Carlo Grand Prix was starting in three days, and the barriers were already set up. We had lunch in a cafe that made me feel bad in my sweatshirt and t-shirt.
We bought a 200-piece poker chip set in a casino shop near the main square (photos attached) that contains a nice case and nice chips but two cheap decks of cards. Still, it works. After that, we left.
I'm bad at endings. Goodbye.
The main square in Monte Carlo is home to the Hotel Paris and the famous Grand Casino, which was completed in 1863 (I think that's the same year as the Gettysburg Address and the founding of our Thanksgiving holiday!)
We got a glimpse of opulent wealth, several Russian Billionaires, and the grand stands and video monitors being for the coming F-1 Gran Prix. What a spectacle that place is...and beautiful.
P.S. Besides the ever-present knife shop visits, the poker chips were the most exciting thing Ben has seen on this trip to date.
P.S.S. As I am a bad poker player, if you ever want to come over and lust over our Monte Carlo poker chips, (and take my money), just propose a date, call your game, and save me a seat. You'll be richer for it! :)