Friday, March 14, 2014

Monaco Monte Carlo - Vintage Travel Posters

Monaco Monte Carlo - Vintage Travel Posters

Monte Carlo, translates into "Mount Charles", is situated at the base of the Maritime Alps along the French Riviera. Near the western end of the quarter is the world-famous Place du Casino, the gambling center which has made Monte Carlo into the elegant version of Las Vegas.

By the 1850s Monaco’s reigning family was almost bankrupt (oops!); this was a result of the loss of two towns, Menton and Roquebrune, which had provided most of the principality’s revenues with their lemon, orange and olive crops (the royals don't like to pick fruit). At the time, a number of small towns in Europe were growing prosperous from the establishment of casinos, notably in German towns such as Baden-Baden and Homburg. In 1856 Charles III of Monaco granted a concession to Napoleon Langlois and Albert Aubert to establish a sea-bathing facility for the treatment of various diseases, and to build a German-style casino in Monaco, and the rest is just history.
Many thanks to Wikipedia for the quick history lesson.

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