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Monte Carlo Casino and Mercedes, Monaco, 1995

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The shiny finish of a black Mercedes car reflects Monaco's famous Monte Carlo Casino. A tiny Mediterranean principality with an outsize reputation, Monaco draws millions of tourists every year to its luxury amenities, including beachfront hotels, a yacht harbor, the Opera House, and casinos. Not surprisingly tourism and gambling are at the core of Monaco's economy.

(Text adapted from and photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, "Monaco," May 1996, National Geographic magazine)

Photograph by Jodi Cobb

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