Bonjour, well here we are, our first full day in France. After breakfast in our apartment we descended the 98 stairs yes that's right 98. We are on the 5 th floor and the lift is not working, very decorative marble spriral staircase- but still 98 stairs. Our task for today is to visit Monte Carlo - Monaco to purchase yet another fridge magnet. The bus cost 1 euro about $1.30 australian. With not to much trouble we find the bus station, Joan pays the fare ( treasurer for today ). A scenic 30 minute journey mostly along the coastline we arrive in Monte Carlo . David and I had visited here 3 years ago when on a cruise, so we the were the tour guides. A very expensive but delightful drink at a cafe overlooking the casino and hotel de Paris . The Monaco grand-prix last week was still in the air, the boys wanted to soak up the fumes. Walking the track along the harbour thinking that only 1 week ago the formula one race was happening right here . Pizza and a glass of wine for lunch. As we approached the palace the skies opened, a torrential downfall and blustery winds drove us to the sanctity of a bar. A beverage latter we ventured back on our tourist duties. Still raining we caught the bus back to Nice. Lots of photographs, a couple of caps , a t shirt and several tea towels an of course the fridge magnet later,we enjoyed our day in Monte Carlo .