Favorite thing: Monaco is really a special place. Its wealth is seen in each corner.
The country is divided in five areas:
The Rock-Monaco Ville, wich is the fortified town, where it's found the Prince's Palace, the Cathedral and the Oceanographic Museum.
The Condamine that is the second oldest area in Monaco and where the Monaco harbour stands.
Monte-Carlo, an area created in 1866, in honor of Prince Charles III, where it's found the famous Casino, some luxury hotels and other facilities like the Monte Carlo Sporting Club.
Fontvieille is the newest area and was created from land conquered to the sea. This is where the Monaco Stadium lies, along with a modern marina and some other features.
and Moneghetti home of the Exotic Gardens.
Fondest memory: I really loved Monaco, however I can say that a walk through the quiet and beautiful streets of "the rock" and the Japanese Garden were my favorite places.
Favorite thing: Monaco is a principality enclosed by the slopes of the mountain and the sea. Nowadays it is a synonym of wealth and luxury. People from all over the word gather here to see and to be seen.
Also, this is a wonderful land for residents who don’t have to pay taxes. Gambling and tourism are the “money suppliers” of this small land that has been desired over the centuries by the French, Italian and Spanish. Fortunately wars and attempts to conquer stopped in the 19th century.
Favorite thing: One of the most thrilling things about Monaco is that you are able to walk and to drive on the F1’s circuit!! That is, the so-called circuit is set on the regular city’s roads that are closed to traffic and transformed in the F1 races.
Being a F1 fan, it was somewhat thrilling to drive there and recall the races and the curves of the prizes I had seen on TV. We were even able to walk a little bit by it, underneath the tunnel and on the curves when one leaves the Place the Casino and heads downwards towards the tunnel.
But don’t fool yourself! No races allowed within the city, just regular and sensible driving as there is a lot of traffic and pedestrians.
Favorite thing: For those who enjoy guided tours and boats with windows/glass at the bottom, there are trips to observe “under water landscape” of Monaco. At the marina there is a small selling point where you might get info and buy tickets for the guided tour, which lasts about 1hour.
We didn’t personally do this guided tour of “underwater Monaco” as the weather was so grayish that I doubt we would be able to see something worth while, but a friend of mine was there previously and she enjoyed it.
Luxury – Yachts
Favorite thing: Last, but not the least, about luxury – the yachts and sailboats anchored at the marina. Some of them are quite impressive!! Not only due to its size (huge!!) but also due to the decoration, the crew and the cars that they have parked at their “door” to transport they owners around. Can you imagine owning a huge yacht with own crew that wears a uniform with the yacht name? Or transporting a car inside to allow you to drive around when you are anchored in a marina?
In Monaco marina we found boats from many countries and we were glad to see a Portuguese flag in a beautiful and big wooden sailboat from Madeira Island.
Luxury – Cars
Favorite thing: Car admirers will surely be pleased in Monaco, as it is easy to find a Ferrari or Lamborghini driving around or parked somewhere. And Mercedes, BMW or Audi, even a top model, will not get your attention there, as there are so many.
Whilst most drivers act quite normally, there are obviously some people who like to impress and show off. That was the case of a man who was driving a Ferrari in the marina area. He kept driving around and when stopped he pressed the accelerator to make some noisy, .. I wonder if it was a rented car and he was in great need to show it off that particular day?!?!
Favorite thing: Luxury is one of the dominating words to characterize Monaco. And its architecture is no exception. Walking around the Casino area and surroundings one cannot avoid to notice the elaborate details of the buildings and shops that surround us, as if everything is built and decorated to impress.
In neighbouring Monte Carlo buildings are so different, as mainly they consist of tall apartment buildings built some decades ago.
In Old City in Monaco, architecture is also different and quite appealing, as it is very pleasant to wonder around the narrow streets.
Fondest memory: In Monaco they have public lifts, as Monaco is very hilly. We used the glass lift on the front of the harbour to get up 1 level. But ended up going down 1 instead, the lift was obviously playing up so we decided to walk up. Tried to open the lift doors no luck, went up 2 levels tried again still no luck. Eventually Derek managed to prize the doors open & we made our escape back on the ground level.
Then a man went to the lift, we told him it was broken & not to use it, he just shrugged his shoulders, looked at us very smuggly & got in the lift. Our lasting memory, is of us walking off down the road, watching him go up & down, up & down, up & down, up & ....................... You get my drift, not able to get out. (~_~)
This memory still has us in stitches when talk about it. Sounds a bit mean but we did try to warn him!Related to:
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Who's That Man!
Fondest memory: In the elegant Monaco Ville area of Monaco, are some wonderful quirky statues. This was one of them, a bronze man, sat on a bench overlooking Monaco. I have tried to find out his significance, but as yet no luck.
Freya was fascinated by him, wanted to sit on his knee & waved goodbye when we left him!Related to:
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Monte Carlo Historic Car Rally
Fondest memory: Just by chance the time we were in Monaco coincided with the Monte Carlo Historic Car Rally. From a distance we got all excited about maybe it is "THE" Monte Carlo Grand Prix. Of course it was not, but it was still interesting to see all thises old racing cars.
The 8th Monte Carlo Historic Car Rally, will take place on the 27th January to 2nd February 2005Related to:
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A Little Hup, Two Three, Four................
Fondest memory: Freya loved the Changing of the Gurards, all the stomping around, drumming and trumpeters. So much so that when the guards marched past us to return to their barracks, we looked down to see Freya marching off down the road behind them clapping & waving away at the people watching the parade!! Twas very amusing.
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The coins of the realm
Favorite thing: Monaco is in a very unusual position in that it is not part of the European Union, but is does issue it's own Euro coins (but not banknotes).
These are completely interchangeable - and can thus be used elsewhere in the EU.
On the other hand as they have a rarity value.
It makes an interesting task to try and collect a full set as a kind of souvenir. The center of the coin shown depicts the right profile of H.S.H. The Sovereign Prince Rainier III. Around the perimeter of the coin the inscription MONACO is printed.
Conversely the stamps that Monaco issues can also be collectors items. They can be used to send letters and cards all over the worls - but only if you post them actually in Monaco itself.
Favorite thing: - American Express Voyages
35, Boulevard Princesse Charlotte
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
- Compagnie Monégasque de change
Parking du Chemin des Pêcheurs
Closed from November 5th to December 25th.
17, avenue des Spélugues
Favorite thing: Main post office:
Palais de la Scala, Monte Carlo
Phone: 97 97 25 25
Open from Monday to Friday, from 8 AM to 7 PM and on Saturday, from 8 AM to 12 noon.
1, rue de la Colle
Place de la Mairie
35, avenue Princesse Grace
Place des Moulins
12, chemin de la Turbie
Place du Campanin St-Nicolas
NOTICE: Letters sent from the Principality of Monaco must have Monegasque stamps, but those posted in France can't be sent with Monegasque stamps. The same postal rates apply in the Principality of Monaco as in France.
Relations with France
Favorite thing: Political relations are defined by treaty of 27th July 1918 and by Article 436 of the Treaty of Versailles of 18th June 1919, which establishes a bilateral and reciprocal contractual relationship between the two States. Under this arrangement, in exchange for the undertaking by France to defend the independence and sovereignty of the Principality and integrity of it, the Government of the Prince undertakes to exercise its rights in conformity with French interests. New agreements were signed after the war in 1945 and again in 1951 with the aim of making modification to the earlier texts in order to adapt to new economic and social conditions.
New neighbourly agreements were signed on 18th May 1963. The geographical situation of Monaco justifies the Customs and monetary union between the two States, which came into force in 1861.
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