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The Kingdom of Monaco on the Cote d'Azur near the French - Italian border has long been home to many of Europe's wealthiest elite. Lax taxation has driven the local population to comprise of formula 1 drivers, international businessmen and various sheikhs and oligarchs. The Marina is packed to the rafters with boats the size of a football pitch clad in copious bikini-wearing entourage of the local owner. Be sure to visit during the week of the Cannes Film Festival and the Formula 1 Grand Prix for some serious lessons in how money just doesn't buy taste.