The small Principality of Monaco has only 2 square kilometers of land with about 36,000 inhabitants. The tax paradise lives from the glamor of the monarchy, from gambling and tourism. Although Monaco is so small there are 3 different parts of the city. The old town of Monaco is on a rock above the harbor and is a small village with cute houses. The Quartier du Port is located on the harbor and consists mainly of boring hotel towers built in the 1970s. Monte Carlo serves the jet set cliché with casino and luxury boutiques.
The world's most famous casino was built in 1878 by Charles Garnier the famous architect also built the Opera Garnier in Paris. The crowd in front of the Casino is always waiting for celebrities and billionaires to pass by. Everyone here can feel like James Bond or Grace Kelly for a moment.
The small fishing village was known by Brigitte Bardot, the famous French actress moved to Saint-Tropez in the 1960s. Since then, expensive yachts frolic in the small harbor. Tourists sit in the cafes and hope to spot a "celebrity" while siping an overpriced drink. Saint-Tropez is a nice small town like many others at the Cote d'Azur.