This postcard, which arrived really quite mangled, shows the Prince's Palace of Monaco, the official residence of the Monagesque royal family built atop a rocky crag jetting into the azure Mediterranean Sea. Constructed in 1191 as a Genoese fortress, it has been the stronghold and home of the Grimaldi family who first captured it in 1297. Unlike other European monarchs who built luxurious, Renaissance and Baroque palaces over the centuries, the Grimaldi's have used the same royal residence for more than 700 years.
A stamp commemorating the centenary of the Monte Carlo Golf Club, which, given the extremely limited amount of available land in tiny Monaco, is actually located several kilometres beyond the borders of the Principality. The second stamp commemorates the Monte Carlo Masters tennis tournament, which, given the extremely limited amount of available land in tiny Monaco, is also held outside the borders of the country!
As I continue adding to this blog, I've noticed an inordinate number that I've sent from islands. Islands have been fascinating to me since I was very young, so I've decided to add and "Islands" label.