Monaco’s peculiarities

Meeting point for would be love struck ? No, the nearest defibrillator.
Meeting point for would be love struck ? No, the nearest defibrillator.

Monaco is a place with it’s peculiarities, and there are many you would not think about.One of them, is the ubiquitous presence of defibrillators – there are 26 in a country that covers a surface of 2 square km, in other words, on average there is one every 150 meters. Why should it be so? Well, Monaco is a country of extremes. One of these is the life expectancy and median population age. ┬áBoth are highest in the world at 90 years and 50.5 years respectively. With female life expectancy reaching 94, it is not uncommon to see ladies well over 90 on a stroll along the beach with their little dogs. If you add the fact, that there are lots of stairs to climb here every day, defibrillators can be handy.

Monaco is a country of stairs and elevators.
Monaco is a country of stairs and elevators.

Monaco is also obsessed with itself, its history, and above all, its image. This year we’ve had the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Societe de Bains de Mer – the company that invented Monte Carlo and laid foundations of the current economic profile of this city-state.

On that occasion, a film made of a collage of many film clips of movies shot here has been assembled, and projected on an open air screen behind the Casino’ building.

Monte Carlo and James Bond - a classic combination.
Monte Carlo and James Bond – a classic combination.

Besides the most famous Casino’, Monaco also has the most famous car racing circuit in the world. When you drive here most of the year, you tend to forget how many dramatic memories are hidden below this asphalt.

The Fairmont virage - the tightest curve in any F1 racertack.The Fairmont virage – the tightest curve in any F1 racetrack.

Finally, space is expensive here. With average apartments selling well above $ 50.000 per square meter, you need to rationalize available room for everything. This is why a wide angle lens for the interiors comes very handy.

My office looks bigger through a 14mm lens.
My office looks bigger through a 12mm lens.