By Cassi Greenlee
Ah, Monaco, where if you’re driving a Mercedes, you are considered to be on the much lower end of the salary scale. As the owner of a Volkswagen Jetta, I felt a bit out of place in Monaco.
My first trip to Monaco was when my mother was in town for a 9 day visit. We arrived there without a plan and we began our visit to Monaco wandering the streets among stores like Cartier, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
At the front of all these stores were men in suits with earphones, so I decided just to admire the elaborate window displays rather than the merchandise inside. Because we couldn’t afford an afternoon of gambling in the Monte Carlo casino, we stopped and grabbed a sandwich to go. As we were eating, we noticed a small British family with a guide to Monaco. My mother asked the British woman if she knew what was good to do in Monaco and all of a sudden, we were part of a group of five. With our newly found friends we visited the palace overlooking all of Monaco. Since then, I have returned to Monaco to show roommates and friends around the city.
It isn’t hard to see why tourists like Cannes, because after spending a day in Monaco, I began to appreciate the cheap shopping opportunities Cannes offers. However, while on my shopping expedition, I learned something very important about female French boutique owners. They have no shame, so you should act as if you don’t either. As I was preparing to try on a sweater dress for the fall, the curtain was ripped open, revealing me, in my underwear, and there was the owner, offering more clothes that would “go” with the outfit I was considering. This happened several times. My mother, who was with me at the time, found it hilarious because what she suggested with the sweater dress was a multi-colored fur vest that would look a bit out of place if I ever brought it back and wore it in Missouri. In addition to the shopping, Cannes has a beautiful port full of yachts, speedboats and old sailboats. Surrounding the port are sandy beaches, much different than those of Nice. Unfortunately I did not see any celebrities there, but in the spring, closer to the film festival, it is very common to see famous people.