Monaco, the second smallest (the smallest being Vatican City) yet wealthiest country (per capita) in the world. You can literally walk from one end of the country to the other end in about an hour, since it’s length is only 4km. It is however the most dense populated country in the world. In the spring of 1956 all eyes in the world were on Monaco where the wedding of the century was taking place. The actress Grace Kelly married Prince Reinier Grimaldi of Monaco. Her dress inspired designers for years to come.
Things you didn’t know about Monaco:
- Monaco is not only one of the richest countries per capita in the world, but it also has one of the lowest unemployment rates and more billionaires per capita than any other country!
- Monaco does not grow any commercial crops as there simply is not enough space to do so!
- Monaco does not have its own major defense force. The country’s defense; however, is France’ responsibility. Monaco was never a part of France despite its long history and geographical intimacy with France.
- Do not be surprised to learn that the native of Monaco are not allowed to gamble here and visit the casino. The rule is imposed by the country’s government, which does not want its citizens to gamble away their money. The casino is a source of income for the country and provides employment to its residents.
This bread is so nice! It’s so herby, great to eat with a bit of aioli, goats cheese, or simply dip it in olive oil!Read the rest of this entry »
Martinique, aaaah another holiday paradise! Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502 on his 4th voyage to the Americas. What else is there to say about this beautiful island in the Caribbean. Columbus must have been swept off his feet by the beauty of this stunning mountainous island with rainforests and magnificent beaches. Nowadays the capital Fort-de-France is a little overcrowded but the north and south of the island is still relatively untouched by tourists. Add this to the joie the vivre of the locals and you’ll understand why everyone loves Martinique.
Things you didn’t know about Martinique:
- Before the island was named Martinique by Christopher Columbus in 15th June 1502, the island was known as Jouanacaëra-Matinino, a name that comes from the Tainos of Hispaniola to mean ‘mythical island’.
- Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), the French artist, visited Martinique. Famous works painted on the island include Two Women of Martinique. The island clearly made an impact because in het later works the bright flowers and colours of the island stand out.
- Martinique is famous for African-French music known as beguine. Beguine was immortalized by Cole Porter in his song Begin the Beguine.
These shrimp fritters are amazing! A perfect appetizer during the summer months with an ice cold beer or glass a rosé. Serve with a slice of lime and don’t forget to salt them afterwards (just like you do with french fries 😉 )Read the rest of this entry »