Monaco Mystery

June 29, 2011

Charlene and Albert /Palace handout

Having recently visited Monaco I’ve been following news of the upcoming royal wedding there with some interest. And what an interesting story it is. According to the French news magazine L’Express, the royal bride-to-be, former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock, recently was stopped at the Nice airport trying to go home to South Africa after learning some unspecified revelation. Go here to see the People story reported by my friend the fabulous Dana Kennedy. And Best of Nice blog, a must for the Riviera-bound traveler,  has a good roundup of the wedding details here.

The prospective groom, Prince Albert, is already known to have fathered two love children so it’s hard to imagine what a camel-back-breaking-straw would be. In fact, because I am 11 years old, the only thing that comes to mind when I think of Prince Albert is the old joke, “Do you have Prince Albert in a can?” I know.

The palace says the stories are not at all true, are in fact “madness.” But … the Express hasn’t taken the story down. According to the official wedding site, the religious ceremony at 8 a.m. PDT Saturday will be broadcast live and I think I may just fire up my laptop to watch. Yes, I know I couldn’t be bothered to watch Will and Kate, but let’s face it, the only suspense there was who would have the weirdest hat. I’m looking at you, Princess Beatrice.

I am bummed. When I was at the Nice airport the only exciting thing that happened was that I realized I could not access email on my iPhone, which was the only place I had the address and phone number of my destination written down. (Travel tip: Don’t do that.) Luckily, after wandering around for a while like Wordsworth’s lonely little cloud, I found my ride, or rather my ride found me, and all was well.

Our first stop turned out to be Monaco, which I liked a lot. It’s fun to walk, more or less penniless, around a billionaire’s playground. I amused myself strolling through the lobby of the famous Monte Carlo Casino where James Bond played. The lobby is free, by the way; you pay to go inside the gaming room _ not worth it. I had a delightful French onion soup at the Cafe de Paris. And I spent some time spotting the national bird of Monaco, le Ferrari rouge.


National bird of Monaco /Michelle Locke

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3 Responses to Monaco Mystery

  1. Coco Chanel on June 30, 2011 at 12:29 am

    One of my assistants, the aforementioned and admittedly fabulous DK – who also dabbles in journalism, was trolling the net for the latest news from the Palace this a.m. when she stumbled on your piece. Google rankings must be coming around nicely!! You were like 5th to come up.

    Mes felicitations,

  2. Kim Curtis on June 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Charlene has a Princess Grace-like quality about her, doesn’t she?

  3. Michelle on June 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Coco, tell the fab DK to keep up the good work. I am officially obsessed. Kim, couldn’t agree more, just hope the fairy tale has a happier ending this time.

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