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Monday, December 15, 1997
Nice, France
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Nice, France:
Latitude: 43° 41' 49" North
Longitude: 7° 16' 3" East
Altitude: 118 feet
From Seattle: 6214 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hotel Avenue

Today's Travel:
Countries: France, Monaco, France
Regions: Cote dŽAzur, Monte Carlo, Cote dŽAzur
Start: Nice, France
Stop 1. Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco
End:Nice, France
Linear:18 miles
Weather: Overcast

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 249
Linear Dist: 87709
Countries Visited: 19
Regions Visited: 92
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Hotels: 42
Friends / Family: 82
Camping: 35
Hostels: 65
Transit: 25
Beers: 1030

Journal Entry:
As my birthday present to myslef I decided I deserved to gamble in Monte Carlo. A brief train to Monaco a beautiful walk up to the Monte Carlo district, a 50 Franc cover to get in to the Casino (unlike Vegas where they pretty much pay you to come in), and there I was. The Casino is pretty extravagant, and the cover charge isn't that much if you pretend it was the admission to a museum. No Blackjack so I spent a couple hours playing roulette. I couldn't get ahead, but neither could I loose the money I'd given myself. So when I broke even I bet 100 F on black to try to get ahead, '0' came up, and I lost, but only 100 F for the days gaming.

Back in Nice I realized the mistake in staying in a hotel was there was no socializing. Determined not to spend my birthday on my own I went looking for a club or bar. I did manage to go for a long walk on the beach (wasn't quite right, no sand, no surf, and the smell was a little off, but still nice), but I never found any of the night life Nice is famous for. I decided to treat myself to a nice diner, but it was too late so I ate bar food at a sleepy pub. Spent the rest of the night reading by myself. Definitely not the most exciting birthday.

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