Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Postcards from Monaco

I recently found these two vintage postcards from Monaco which shows the musical score of the Monaco anthem. One picture features the Monte Carlo Theater and the other a scene at a rose plantation.

The Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo, is an opera and ballet house, and the headquarters of the Ballets de Monte Carlo. It is a part of a casino complex that is one of the most notable tourist attractions in Monaco. It is situated in the Monte Carlo quarter, and citizens of Monaco are forbidden to enter the gaming rooms.

It hosts the annual European Poker Tour Grand Final. The casino is owned by the Société des Bains de Mer (a public company, in which the government holds a majority interest. This corporation also owns the principal hotels and clubs of the community that serve the tourist trade. The route of the Monaco Grand Prix (the Circuit de Monaco) runs past the casino. The Grand Prix is a Formula One race done annually in Monaco.

In the second postcard, a beautiful scene showing children and their moms harvesting roses. I tried to Google "Rose plantations in Monaco" and nothing significant comes up. Considering Monaco's development, this wonderful plantation in the postcard is probably non-existent today.