Europe has a lot of cool stuff. Some of it appears in the pictures
has a lot of churches. This is
one of them.
Monaco is awesome. It is so wealthy,
that the streets are literally paved in gold, making them a bit
slippery. We got to drive the Grand
Prix, but I don't think we won. There are a lot of Ferraris there. 650
Ferraris are registered in the
principality, not to mention those belonging to the many rich guests.
They even have BMW and Mercedes taxis. Also, there were police officers
everywhere. There is one per every 16 residents. You drive right into
Monaco from France, with only a small sign telling you that you have
entered the principality, but the whole place can be closed in less
than two minutes. With all the money they have, they should be able to
afford a Segway for the guard who walks back and forth outside the
The following three pictures are of Monaco:
Europe has some pseudo-countries, which are technically separate from
the real countries in which they are located. Examples are Monaco (a
principality) and The Vatican (a Popipality). This is similar to the
United States, where we have Native American Reservations and
. There are some neutral territories as well, like cruise ships
and international terminals of airports.
Italy has a lot of wine and olive oil. I forget what it was called, but
their dessert wine was my favorite.
The Amalfi Coast is something to look at. It reminded us of Kauai. We
also stopped in a small town that featured a guy
who really, really,
really loves paper. He took us on a tour of a paper factory and showed
us how they used Medieval machines and also some from the Industrial
Revolution to make paper using only cotton and water (no trees). The
process was interesting, and it was also amazing how long the factory
had been in operation, but the real attraction was the tour guide.
I liked the cruise ship, and I'm still convinced that the captain flew
it when we were asleep. The best part of the ship was probably our
waiter, Rod, who was from Chile. He was so honest about the (lack of)
quality of many of the dishes. He will soon be transferring to Mariner
of the Seas, which will be the largest cruise ship in the world. If you
see him, tell him I said hello. The "Mr. Jack" drink guy and our
assistant waiter were good too. We also liked the towel
created by Al, our stateroom attendant. Gambling on the
ship fun, although I should have stopped when I won about $40 within
the first 5 or 10 minutes. I still walked out with $2.50 more than I
walked in with.
Even with all the good things Europe has, there are still have some
things that they could learn from us:
- Smoking is bad for you, and it is not polite to do in public
- Water is free. And cold.
- Soda is served in containers with a minimum volume of 12 fluid
ounces, but in most restaurants is "on-tap."
- Small fruits, such as grapes, are seedless.
- Men do not wear Speedos in public.
- Public areas, such as restaurants, are air-conditioned.
- "I Will Survive" is never sung in Spanish. (
note: When I couldn't remember specific facts, I just made them up.