Money, Money, Money… Isn’t it funny…

… In a Rich Man’s World. Those are the words to an Abba song, which then goes on to say…

I must go to Las Vegas or Monaco and win a fortune in a game… My life will never be the same.

Yes, this is one of my absolute favourite songs. I did go to Monaco this weekend, but my life is still the same! No fortune was won from a monetary standpoint, but lots of rich memories were had! 🙂

My in-laws were in town and we took a weekend trip to Nice/Monaco. The flight is ~1.5 hours from London and not bad at all! We woke up Saturday morning (Bailey and I had flown in on Friday night and saw a gazillion private planes – literally – at the Nice airport. I’m sure there are lots anyway, but likely most were there for the Cannes film festival) and took the train from Nice to Monaco! It only takes about 20 minutes – max!


Upon arrival, you could instantly tell Monte-Carlo was ready for this weekend’s F1 race!


We headed down toward the Casino, which has very fond memories for me! My father and I went here for Father’s Day one year and we had just enough money left to get ice cream! We had a very fun trip… Oh so many years ago! I digress… We arrived at the casino and saw the fabulous cars parked out front. My mother and father-in-law and I went inside for a tour and it was so beautiful. I stood in awe looking at the ceiling, paintings and chandeliers. Absolutely exquisite!

Check out the casino reflection inside this mirrored water fountain.



My girls and I stopped for a photo at one of the fountains in front of the casino!


Did you see the blue stadium seats? That is for this weekend’s F1 race. They were set-up all over town along with massive TVs so that people could see the race even when not in that area.

Billy had his chance to go inside the casino, while we all went to get ice cream! It was hot that day – in the mid-70s.

Then, we hit a fork in the road… Shopping or walking the F1 track? These are tough decisions, I’m sure for someone… But not for Bailey and me! After all, do you see the shop names listed on that sign?!


We went shopping and told them that we’d catch up with them! We went shopping and sure enough caught up with them! The views were just gorgeous as we walked closer to the marina and start of Sunday’s race.

The mega-yachts were amazing! I ensured Bailey remembered our deal… I can’t wait for her to buy me that yacht so that I can just sit back and relax on it 365 days a year! The world would be at my fingertips!


You can see the palace in the background of the above picture!


Here I am putting my hand in the water… Brrrr, it was very cold!


We found the Ferrari store! Whilst here, Lauren found a bike and told us, “this is my bike… My bike.” When it was time to leave, she was not keen on leaving her bike and let it be known she wasn’t thrilled! Of course, she was also very tired!


We then headed to the train station for our journey back to Nice!


The train takes you by my favourite place in the whole world – Villefranche. Billy and I have talked about retiring here many times! Yep, I could get used to this view 24 hours a day! 🙂


While we walked back to the hotel, I popped into a ‘supermarche’ to pick up some supplies for a wine and cheese party. My in-laws were lucky enough to get a room that had a fabulous balcony! We all know that I’m not one to pass up a balcony party! Check out our pictures!





There was a carousel along the promenade and Lauren must have ridden it >7 times this last weekend! They gave her a ticket and she was so excited to show it off! 🙂 I just love her smiles! 🙂



Back to one of my favourite songs… Had I won big, I’m not sure how my life would have been so different! I’ve always said that I’d still work – albeit, I would probably purchase a Pilates studio and teach classes! Can you fit 6 Pilates reformers on a mega-yacht? If the answer is yes, then you would probably find me on my mega-yacht, teaching Pilates all while docked at Villefranche! Oh how I love to dream… Would your life be different? I hope you are having a great week!


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3 Responses to Money, Money, Money… Isn’t it funny…

  1. Jim says:

    My life would be a lot different if you won big! I know you would provide for your parents to have a finer retirement. For sure you’d find us a little flat/apartment near you guys. Then we could watch our grandchildren grow up a little bit more EVERY DAY!

    I remember our visit to the casino. You lacked a few days of being 21 but they let you anyway. And like always, you pocketed every winning we made. Not to put it back into play or recover our costs, but rather the whole tray went into your cup. 🙂 I am glad I had a little mad money to buy the ice cream with.

    Love, Dad

  2. ray says:

    So nice to see all your pictures of your trip. I feel that I was there, too. Just lovely.

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