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Old 10-01-2021, 01:44 PM   #81
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Villefranche-sur-Mer was lovely.

Instead of posting the usual tourist photos, I will post:
1) A Riva, sporting a Monaco flag, leaving our harbor
2) An amusing sign on the front door of the town hall -- directed at English-speaking visitors
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We spent a lot of time considering Fontvielle vs. Hercule, but in the end, we decided we're going to go to Monaco to be in the middle of it all...not to get away from it all. Anyway, we will be passing by Monaco again next year and if Hercule turns out to be disappointing, we will definitely go for Fontvielle!
Wifey B: Yes, one doesn't go to Monaco to get away from it all. Still, it sure is fun and Hercule is very nice and convenient.
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Monaco

Tomorrow, we leave Port Hercule, Monaco, after spending three nights here.

We certainly got what we wished for -- to be in the middle of "it all". Unforunately, "it all" included a couple of very large near-by construction projects that involved jack-hammering and drilling in granite and concrete day in and day out. Port Hercule was also significantly affected by surge from some not-so-nice weather that passed by while we were here.

While I can see many benefits for Port Hercule, these benefits are mostly geared toward super yachts. So, La Mer was right. Fontvieille is much more tranquil and probably a much better choice for a boat of our size.

We will head for San Remo, Italy next.

Some pictures... (click on them to enlarge and scroll)
1) Port Hercule - we are a white spec where the red arrow is pointing on Quai Antoine 1st.
2) Port Fontvieille
3) A -- um-- yellow submarine outside the Oceanographic museum. 2-man. 2 knots. 1966. 400 pounds. Built for exploring red coral in the Mediterranean
4) I couldn't believe it!
5) More harbor art.
6) Explanation about the art
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Wifey B: #4 Ewwwwwww gross...
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Wifey B: #4 Ewwwwwww gross...

Ok - something to soothe your offended eyes...
About a dozen Rivas on the other side of our dock :-)
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Ok - something to soothe your offended eyes...
About a dozen Rivas on the other side of our dock :-)
Wifey B: I have been amazed how popular they are in the Med. I figured we'd see some, but everywhere lots.

Much better than Steak n Shake. They said, "Try it, you'll like it.
I tried it. I didn't like it. I can't believe I ate the whole thing. Pop pop fizz fizz.

We're out making a night run back in your direction in storms and even thunderstorms, but moderate winds and very low waves. Wind and seas going to pick up as we get near the boot of Italy.

When we dock in Italy we will be on day #80 of our 90 Schengen days and want to keep at least one for plane issues or something, but a wonderful summer almost over. Of course then home and maybe a day trip in a Riva.
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Kind of like In and Out Burger in California. Wildly popular but I never quite understood why. Okay I guess, but not worth waiting in huge lines IMO.
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Kind of like In and Out Burger in California. Wildly popular but I never quite understood why. Okay I guess, but not worth waiting in huge lines IMO.
Went there once. Burger was just average. Fries unimpressive. Now, Hodad's in San Diego, that is worth going.
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Wifey B: #4 Ewwwwwww gross...

Generally, I don't do fast food -- with the exception of Steak 'n' Shake when I visit the States. Mostly, I go for the 'n' Shake part of it. Great vanilla shakes with hand-dipped ice cream.


I thought if they appeared in Monaco, it should be even better. WRONG! The burgers were disappointing and the vanilla shake could very well have been a McD's recipe. Don't think there was a bit of real ice cream in it. Only positive thing I can say is that the burger was medium rare...which is something I find one can generally not get in the States these days without first signing a document stating that you will not sue if you get sick. Oh... our burgers, fries and one shake for two came to €30.
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Based upon my personal experience, if you go to Bermuda, dont eat at KFC unless you want to break your teeth on over cooked dry chicken.
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San Remo, Italy & Port. Excellent -- and very large -- port and an interesting place to walk around. Click on picture to enlarge.
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Ok - something to soothe your offended eyes...
About a dozen Rivas on the other side of our dock :-)
My friend has a vintage Aquarama he uses off the coast of Maine. Beautiful boat, and I much prefer the vintage ones.
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Wifey B: Yes, one doesn't go to Monaco to get away from it all. Still, it sure is fun and Hercule is very nice and convenient.

I in no way intend to cause controversy here but "one doesn't go to Monaco to get away from it all" made me laugh; you should be aware that the country of Monaco is approximately half the size of Central Park in NYC; it just take a 45-minutes walk from the western border of the country to the eastern border.


By the way Monaco is the name of the entire country - better to say the Principality; Monte Carlo is not a harbor, it’s one of the ten districts - better to say quarters or wards - of the country of Monaco; Monte Carlo is a plateau located at the elevated top of «Mount Charles» - in Italian «Monte Carlo» - which contains now the biggest concentration of high-luxury shops in Europe, where stands at its hearth the Hotel de Paris, the Café de Paris, and the famous Monte Carlo Casino designed by French architect Charles Garnier who was also the master behind the Palais Garnier in Paris - better known as the «Opera de Paris».


From Quai Antoine Premier in Port Hercule, where ScottC’s vessel was moored, to the Prince’s Palace at the top of the famous Rock is a 15-minutes walk. From Port of Fontvieille to same destination is a 20-minutes walk. From Quai Antoine Premier or Port of Fontvieille to the Monte Carlo ward is a 25 minutes walk; Everywhere in Monaco is just a matter of minutes; the country is so small that getting around by taxi everywhere in Monaco is a single fare of 20€ day and night.


To ScottC: in case of strong East wind - which is quite common between Nice and Viareggio at that time of autumnal equinox - and the resulting swell, Port Hercules, much exposed to easterly winds, is uncomfortable even for vessels of up to 120’; all size vessels may have to double-line; furthermore the noise of ongoing construction activity; not to forget the noise generated by town traffic during both day night on Boulevard Albert Premier which is moreover reverberated by the close buildings.


I guess that in San Remo your choice was Porto-Solé - great marina - instead of the smaller municipal harbor.
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I in no way intend to cause controversy here but "one doesn't go to Monaco to get away from it all" made me laugh; you should be aware that the country of Monaco is approximately half the size of Central Park in NYC; it just take a 45-minutes walk from the western border of the country to the eastern border.
Wifey B: Fully aware as we were there in June and September. 3/4 square mile. We own bigger parcels of land but they have $0 GDP (and cost $200 per acre) vs. Monaco's $7-8 billion which makes Monaco the highest GDP per capita in the world I think. Still, we enjoy it for a day or so, but then we like casinos.
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Ok - something to soothe your offended eyes...
About a dozen Rivas on the other side of our dock :-)


The Monaco Boat Service company based Quai Antoine Premier in Port Hercule is the Riva station in Monaco since more than 60 years; the company also run Riva bases in Cannes and Saint Tropez; Mrs Lia Riva - Carlo Riva’s daughter - a very nice person, is CEO of Monaco Boat Service;


To date more than 60 antique Riva runabouts are still dry-stored in a special tunnel Quai Antoine Premier which was dug in 1962 into the Rock under Prince’s Palace;


1. Carlo Riva

2. Lia Riva CEO of Monaco Boat Service

3 & 4. Tunnel of Monaco Boat Service Quai Antoine Premier

5. Gala dinner inside tunnel of Monaco Boat Service
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I guess that in San Remo your choice was Porto-Solé - great marina - instead of the smaller municipal harbor.

Indeed, we were in Porto Solé. I agree - it was an excellent marina!!
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The Monaco Boat Service company based Quai Antoine Premier in Port Hercule is the Riva station in Monaco since more than 60 years; the company also run Riva bases in Cannes and Saint Tropez; Mrs Lia Riva - Carlo Riva’s daughter - a very nice person, is CEO of Monaco Boat Service;


To date more than 60 antique Riva runabouts are still dry-stored in a special tunnel Quai Antoine Premier which was dug in 1962 into the Rock under Prince’s Palace;


1. Carlo Riva

2. Lia Riva CEO of Monaco Boat Service

3 & 4. Tunnel of Monaco Boat Service Quai Antoine Premier

5. Gala dinner inside tunnel of Monaco Boat Service

Yes - Monaco Boat Service was all over the area we were docked in. An impressive operation. I am astounded at the tunnel for vintage Rivas. I guess it must be by invitation only. Had no clue it was there.


We took a city "Hop-on; Hop-off" bus tour that was worth it just to experience the amazing, extensive and complex underground tunnel network cut into the rock.
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Departing Cannes. One of the finest and best-managed ports we encountered this year. Only one we've ever encountered with a high-volume filtered and bubble water maker on the pier!
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Yes - Monaco Boat Service was all over the area we were docked in. An impressive operation.


The pontoon Quai Antoine Premier in Port Hercule where your vessel was moored


1. In 1996


2. More recently
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The pontoon Quai Antoine Premier in Port Hercule where your vessel was moored


1. In 1996


2. More recently
Wifey B: Notice how the 2013 Rivarama shown in our posts as our avatar is so much like the 1996 photo. While that model is discontinued, several of their smaller boats do still have the Mahogany decks.

None of the boats 50' or above have it though. They all look like the bottom picture. Great boats, classic design and build, but none of the classic materials and appearance.
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