Monte Carlo at Night
This photograph of downtown Monte Carlo and the surrounding Riviera was taken from Monaco's Royal Castle, which overlooks the city. The thing which surprised me most about the Mediterranean Sea was how turquoise-blue the waters were. I thought those colors were reserved for tropical seas! On this cloudy, chilly night, that azure color seemed trapped, saturating itself while gradually fading into darker and darker shades of navy. Sometime in the middle of the process, the sparkling lights of Monte Carlo's skyline and harbor were just the right brightness to perfectly contrast the deep blues of the sea and sky, helping it shine like the jewel of the Riviera that it is.