Breakfast of champions in Monaco
So there I was, tucking into some sausage and bacon with Tom, one of our Formula 1 producers, when a certain someone arrived.
Now, I've met this certain someone before, so I wasn't star-struck as he wandered over to our table for a chat and told us the room where he was staying for the race had an identical view to when he lived here.
Tom, on the other hand, could hardly speak. And that moment summed up what is so special about this place - Monaco offers everyone a truly unique connection to F1.
Tom and I had met in the reception of our hotel at 5.30am to head into Monaco.
A few people sent me tweets asking if the boat we were presenting from (which reminds me: thanks for looking after us, Tony!) also doubled up as our hotel for the duration.
Unfortunately not - home here was a hotel 20 minutes out of Monaco. Perfectly OK, but not the most convenient when you need to have finished filming on the track before they shut it for the day at 7am!
So we got up mega-early, bumbled into the Principality and spent an hour filming on the circuit, a prime example of how 'up close and personal' fans can get with the sport here.
There was a couple clearly the worse for wear making their way home around Rascasse.
Bags of people were in Casino Square having photos taken by the Armco barrier with the grand buildings as a backdrop, and even a guy was sitting on the tyres in precisely the spot Ayrton Senna crashed out from the lead in 1988, contemplating one of his hero's most famous moments.
All of them F1 fans, and all of them getting a rare chance to really connect with the sport they love.
It is possible to get a similarly close-up look at life in the sport at other circuits, but at most F1 events, to get a ticket which also gives you pitlane access at some point over the weekend, you'd need enough spare cash to buy one of the boats I found myself gawping at in the harbour. Here, it is so, so different.
For no extra cost, you can plant yourself at the heart of the action just hours after the race or qualifying.
Even I wandered up the hill post-race to see the considerable dent that Rubens Barrichello had left on the Armco...a great example of the ferocity of F1 cars and the damage caused if it goes wrong.
Before coming here, I didn't know that post-race and quali, the roads are opened and the circuit becomes a two-mile long party with fans drinking and hanging out at famous spots, while road-going Ferraris take to the tarmac. If I was a driver I'd be asking people not to spill their beer on the track!
Something else that is unique to Monaco is how close everyone gets to the action.
It's so great that the fans get to sit in grandstands almost on top of the drivers as they fly past, or that they can loiter by the paddock gates to get their heroes' autographs, not a luxury afforded at many race circuits.
A room with a view in Monaco
A real eye-opener for me, however, was getting the chance to wander around track-side during the free-practice session on Thursday afternoon.
At the swimming pool chicane you can stand right by the exit, and see the cars fighting to stay on the leash and then turn right.
Incredibly, even David Coulthard (who, don't forget, won twice at Monaco) was snapping away and whooping. It's hard not to, with the noise, the power and precision so apparent.
The only downside were the tabards we had to wear...I uploaded a snap onto my Twitter page of our bright red and yellow tops... I'm surprised we didn't distract the drivers with our fashion statement.
It was great to have the boys both back with me, and you lot clearly approved too as almost six million of you tuned in on Sunday, almost one-and-a-half million more than last year!
Eddie Jordan and David were both in great form - the only downside here is not being able to be in the pits and paddock as it's just too tight and restrictive, but we were able to interact with you guys in another way.
I had an upgrade of my own for this GP with the trusty clipboard finally becoming obsolete thanks to modern technology.
I now use a tablet with my script on it, the good news being that I can also use it to access twitter messages and emails from you guys when needed.
We did just that in the forum this week...if you've yet to see it, take a look here.
The Red Bull celebrations were incredible as Mark and Seb ended up first in the pool and then in the harbour, and as Mark climbed out he put on some headphones and spoke live to us... fantastic fun!
Later that evening I got an insight into the psyche of the current championship leader.
I said to him "Mark, you've just won Monaco". A wry grin just crept across his face, he shrugged and said "yeah mate, great day, great day". Don't expect that particular Aussie to get carried away!
Getting carried away is an easy thing to do in Monaco. The trick is to realise that the boats, celebs, beautiful people and race weekend atmosphere aren't the real world.
It's such a transient sport that as they dismantle the grandstands and return the pitlane to a car park, the focus has already moved on to Turkey.
We'll be there of course, back in the pitlane, but it'll feel oh so different with cars and drivers distinctly less accessible for media and fans.
And that's what makes the appearance of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher at breakfast all the more special.