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Discussion in 'There's More To Life Than Vegas?' started by Firstkill, May 28, 2016.

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  1. Firstkill

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    Hi everyone,haven't posted in a while as I've been weaning my self from Vegas.
    After a poor 2015 streak, I've decided to spend my money instead of gambling it.

    So my trip, I'm not a picture person but I got a few along the way.

    Los Angeles to Paris. Business/ first united airlines
    Seats are lay flat but narrow, domestic airlines just can't get luxury right compared to competitors.

    Train from Paris to Avignon, Provence. South of France basically has 2 tourist regions. Country side or ocean stuff.

    Picked up my 1.2 liters of hamster power

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    First meal before and after

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    Drove around to the sites. Gordes, France. Built on a mountain overlooking farm land.

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    Arles, France. They got a coliseum also, and famous for Van goh, many of his famous art was painted in this city

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    Le baux, They have this huge cave/with many rooms and thousands of projectors. Having an art display movie. Extremely cool, I think if someone made this into an interactive movie, it would awesome.

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    Visited more places but too lazy to transfer photos off the camera. It was nice to have a car.
    City's/towns/villages we went to

    Food porn, in no particular order,
    Truffle and foie gras macaroons!
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    Green bean salad
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    Lobster
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    Mushrooms
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    Duck
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    Salad with ham
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    Hotel breakfast room service
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    View from restaurant
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    Okay, I got hundred of different foods/plating. the French take their food seriously.

    Okay back on topic. Monte Carlo, not in France but in Monaco, we visited during the Grand Prix, F1 racing
    They close the streets as the city is the race track. Streets open up in the afternoon.

    Had to drive on the track
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    watching the Rich, hard to capture the size of the boats and the amounts of them.

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    And to the rest. Monte Carlo and hotel du Paris
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    Okay, this place sucks. It was so depressing I didn't even want to stay.
    One bacarrat table, closed, 2 black jack countious shufflers closed, 2 roulette tables open. And maybe 100 machines. They have private gaming but you can't go back there. 10 euro to enter just to check it out.
    It's old, staff is busy talking amongst them selves. Basically the action is better at circus circus.

    But I did see her, 20 buy in 2cents a line
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    Pictures are a no no in here, Since table games are more my thing, I moved to hotel du Paris, another casino about 50 yards away.

    One roulette single zero, 20 min, smallest chip 5
    One bacarrat, no commission 20 min (can't touch cards and no automatic reader/sign)
    One cont shuffle 21 at 25 min
    One machine shuffle 6 deck 21 at 100 euro.
    Some machines. I only played bacarrat and turned 200 into 350
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    All in all, Monaco is absolutely not a gambling destination. They have high rollers, someone was betting 10k a spin on black/red on roulette with 5k on numbers. But it's small, and not exciting even compared to a reasonable locals casino. I played for about an hour then got bored. Even with friends here gambling, it's a 1 session and run type of feeling.

    I doubt I'll be back to gamble here, and I don't see myself coming back to Monaco. But I loved the south of France. Nice, Côte a zur, and the Provence country side.

    Resting in Paris for a few days before I fly back.
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    Opera house by the hotel

    Life time winner from 2 casinos LOL
     
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    Appreciate the report.
     
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    thanks for the report. Looks like the food and pool and sight seeing and not the casino is what is out there to do. So Looks like fun. Have a safe trip home.
     
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    Very Nice. I leave Tuesday. Paris, Champagne, Normandy, Bordeaux, Lyon and back to Paris. And with numerous side trips. I'll be gone a month,
     
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    Sdbruin, have a good trip. France is an awesome place. We will do other parts next year. Renting a car was much easier and smoother than I expected. Google maps on the phone was enough.

    Pphold, exactly. No reason to play there for me. I wouldn't bother exchanging large amounts of money or wiring in funds to play there unless u have a use for euros.

    Not sure if natedog had a good way to get the correct currency back or just has a lot of different banks in different countries
     
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    Thanks. Im looking forward to it. Should be way easier driving this time with a phone and gps. We still have family who lives there. Also going to catch 6 of the euro cup soccer games. Enjoy the rest of your trip.
     
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    Cool report. Food looks incredible!
     
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    Looks like an awesome trip. I've heard many similar disappointed reviews of Monte Carlo. The only positive one was my sister's, b/c she hit a hot blackjack shoe and paid for most of her trip!

    How was the train from Paris to Avignon? I've been looking to do a similar trip, but always assumed flying into Nice was the way to go. Flying into Paris certainly opens up a lot more flight options.
     
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    Nice is good for the ocean coastal trip.
    Avignon is better for the country side.
    That would be the determining factor. We focused on the country side with a side trip to the ocean/Monaco. I'm from California so the coast wasn't as special to me, but still nice.
     
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    I agree with much of your thoughts on Monaco. The casinos / gambling environment is nothing like the states. The Monte Carlo admission gaming rooms will waive the entry fees once you establish you're a player though. They have some really cool baccarat tables on their terrace. Very cool setting but super relaxed vibe. Only saw a few other players in back area but big sums. Tbh it was pretty nifty but like you said the food and sights are better.
     

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