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Old 05-09-2010, 06:40 PM
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I read there are about 1,200 of the "old" Monegasques; as they are called.(Not old but the original families that have lived there for several hundred years. I think they mostly live in Monacoville; where the palace is. The old language was dying out so they started teaching it in the local schools in the 1970s. I don't know if they actually speak it on a regular basis. French is the official language. Hardly anything is written about them, but I wonder what they are like. Are they all millioniares now? What do they think of all of the changes to their little country since World War 2? They were on the verge of bankruptcy when Prince Rainier took over. People forget that the whole "glamour" plan was devised to help Monaco survive as a country. They don't have any natural resources and are less than 2 square miles. They just have the sun, the sea and the royal family. I think it would make a very interesting article for someone to right about.
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Old 05-11-2010, 03:13 AM
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Hhmmmm.... I think it's been written about too often, if anything...

The Monégasques are probably fed up with being photographed and written about.
I'm sure they value their privacy.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:13 AM
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Maybe it's different in Europe. In the US, we will see media about the glamorous Monte Carlo but nothing about the original Monagasques. It's like they don't exist. It's just about the millionares. We don't even get much info about the royal family (except if there's a scandal or a death)
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:26 PM
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May I suggest that it's up to the individual reader or surfer to choose what news of Monaco he/she wants to read.

There is plenty on the Monaco government website - mainly about "normal" life, e.g. schools, housing, transport etc.

I just read this week's Le Petit Journal, and there is a short article on how Guy Lacombe (ASM trainer) felt after the club lost against Paris, and how intimidating it must have been for players and fans to be hugely outnumbered in the Stade de France.

On the Nice Matin site, there are news items about trade unions, the weather, the proliferation of jellyfish, strong waves ruining the beach, and much more :-)

The locals have exactly the same kinds of concern as we would.

What do you think?
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Old 05-11-2010, 06:11 PM
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Yes, I agree with you there. I have been looking at some of the local internet sites and find it very interesting. The Christmas carnival video. The fact that all the local children under 12 get Christmas presents from the royal family each year. The summer picnic. The Monegasques appear to be like a clan. I like that about them.
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Old 05-11-2010, 06:19 PM
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Yes, you've hit the nail on the head - they are a clan, rather like we have up here in Scotland :-)
The head of the clan is responsible for the clan members.

The present giving is a good example of how the clan chief can forge a link between him/her and the clan members who have a physical bond to the chief.

In Monaco, present giving doesn't just happen to children or at Christmas, but on other occasions also.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:19 PM
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A long time ago someone from Nice told me that Monaco used to give each car going through Monaco a large chocolate egg on Easter. Do you know if they still do that? That would be alot of Easter eggs nowdays.
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:10 AM
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I've not heard about that, but maybe they've stopped it for logistical reasons.... in the warm Côte d'Azur sunshine, the chocolate egg might melt :-)) ....
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It certainly sounds very extravagant. "Hey, come to Monaco, you get a free giant easter egg!" Sounds very... well Monaco really.
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A long time ago someone from Nice told me that Monaco used to give each car going through Monaco a large chocolate egg on Easter. Do you know if they still do that? That would be alot of Easter eggs nowdays.
I have never heard of this tradition. It sounds wonderfully extravagant. The only thing I could come up with when I had a look on the web was details of culinary traditions in Monaco see link An interesting article though.
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:14 PM
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This was probably in the 1950s or 60s, but she said her family would drive from Nice to Italy and back so that they could get 2 free chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday lol.

Enjoyed the link Elly C.
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A busy week (or two) ahead for the Principality:

Next Thursday (3rd June) is the Feast of Corpus Christi. It is celebrated in many Catholic countries, and Monaco is no exception: at 6.30 pm, there's a special Corpus Christi Mass as well as a Procession.

Next, on June 5th and 6th, it's the 28th Monte Carlo International Swimming Meeting, organised by the Fédération Monégasque de Natation.
(Will we see CW there?)

And from the 6th to the 10th, it's the 50th Monte-Carlo Television Festival at the Grimaldi Forum.
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Jimmy'z - the famous night club at Larvotto - celebrates forty years!

http://www.nicematin.com/article/soc...ete-ses-40-ans (published Friday June 4, 2010)

http://www.visitmonaco.com/en/News/N...ccessful-Years
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Jimmy'z - the famous night club at Larvotto - celebrates forty years!

http://www.nicematin.com/article/soc...ete-ses-40-ans (published Friday June 4, 2010)

http://www.visitmonaco.com/en/News/N...ccessful-Years

Well, P. Caroline should attend the party, after all she was an habituée of Jimmy'z in the seventies , and there she met Stefano in tyhe early eighties...
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Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock attended the party, Princess Caroline
did not - unfortunately. You can find pics of the party at the following thread:

** Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock Current Events - Part 4 **
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Surely it's enough that PA and CW attended the Jimmy'z party. Why is there the expectation that several Grimaldis have to turn out? I'm sure their diaries are as full as can be....
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Surely it's enough that PA and CW attended the Jimmy'z party. Why is there the expectation that several Grimaldis have to turn out? I'm sure their diaries are as full as can be....
... Or, perhaps, the Casiraghi siblings. It would have been fun see the kids having fun in the place their parents met almost thirty years ago!!!
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Surely it's enough that PA and CW attended the Jimmy'z party. Why is there the expectation that several Grimaldis have to turn out? I'm sure their diaries are as full as can be....
In case you are referring to my "unfortunately", that was only related to
Caroline and the wish to see her more often. I am the last one to expect
compulsory attendance of every family member everywhere..
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Iceflower, this wasn't aimed at you, only to those who expect a full turnout of Grimaldis at every function. Realistically, the diaries of the Grimaldi must be a nightmare.
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... Or, perhaps, the Casiraghi siblings. It would have been fun see the kids having fun in the place their parents met almost thirty years ago!!!
Caroline met Stefano at Jimmy'z? I didn't know that!
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