Postcard from Monte Carlo

A few days in the sun. Such fortuitous good weather. Shirtsleeves at breakfast, sitting outside on the hotel terrace. Our first time here (visiting family, as it happens), and a considerable surprise in many ways. The urban environment in particular is a delight. True, the setting is terrific. But the way many of the modern buildings are built to subtly echo the belle époque style and produce a harmonious whole, and the care given to the public spaces, is so impressive. True again, there is great wealth here. But equally there is great wealth in central London. Which is now a visual slum, and becomes less pleasant by the year.

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