Avenue de Monte Carlo looking toward the Casino de Monte Carlo; Inset: Allyson Felix.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, professional sprinter Allyson Felix won the 200-meter dash and the 100- and 400-meter relays. Her three gold medals were the most for a female track-and-field athlete since 1988. The 27-year-old Los Angeles native thanks God for her gifts, but the thousands of hours she’s logged on the track since high school have probably helped (they may have hurt quite a bit, too). Felix first turned heads as an 18-year-old silver medalist at the 2004 games in Athens and has since collected hardware at the top track-and-field events around the globe. Look for her this month in the Samsung Diamond League Season in Qatar, where she’ll be going head-to-head with the world’s best speedsters. Here’s her favorite non-work-related destination.
“One of my favorite memories of Avenue de Monte-Carlo is from the first time that I visited. It felt magical and almost out of a fairy tale—beautiful architecture, beautiful people and beautiful cars.”
“I like to stay at Hotel De Paris. This hotel gives you the quintessential Monte Carlo experience. It’s grand and beautiful, and if you’re in town for the Monaco Grand Prix, it provides amazing views.”
“While I am not a gambler, the Monte Carlo Casino has a rich history. It is a lot of fun to watch the high rollers pull up in their Ferraris and Rolls-Royces. This is definitely a James Bond kind of place.”
“Le Louis XV is one of the greatest restaurants in the world,” says the sprinter. “And while it’s definitely for special occasions, you will have very few meals like it. It is a truly extraordinary experience.”
Get There: Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE). Book a flight!