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  • Eating out in Monaco can be expencive

    If you want to save the money, but still enjoy your lunch in Monaco, go to Supermarket and buy some ready made staff for lunch and dinner. The main supermarket in Monaco is Carrefour Monaco. It is located in the Center Commercial in Fontvieille, along Prince Albert II road. You can get most of your groceries and household needs at Carrefour, but...

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  • Japanese gardens

    FREE ENTRANCE and it's open from 9 AM until sunset. This a replica of a Japanese garden and it's a very zen place. It's located near the Larvotto beaches and it's beside the Grimaldi forum. It's not too far from the Casino square, maybe about a 10 minute-walk (through a shortcut: pass by Budha bar and go downstairs, by the Fairmount hotel, go to...

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  • Monaco

    In the sixteenth century, Monaco came under a succession of protectorates by European powers which recognized its independence. The powers that helped protect Monaco during this period in its history included Spain (1525 to 1641), France (1641 to 1814), and Sardinia (1814 to 1860).Monaco has been under the control of the House of Grimaldi since...

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  • Mailing Postcards

    Just wanted to inform people that if you purchase stamps in Monaco you have to post them in Monaco as well....otherwise you will be disappointed. This tip actually applies to most countries, you can only use the country stamps in that particular country.

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  • Guard Change Ceremony

    the Prince Palace was built on the place of the fortress, constructed by genoeses in 1215 on the top of the rock . It is the residence of ruling family of Monaco - Grimaldi. Daily during more then last 100 years the ceremony of guard change is helding here on the ?Place de Palais? ? area in front of palace filled with the battery of guns made...

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  • All in one on only 2sqkm

    Beautiful architecture, ports and green area's in MonacoThe archtecture on the Place du Casino for example is wonderful and so typical for this areaCafé de Paris has a marvelous front wall - with enormous sculptures. The Casino aswell, next to the Café.On the contrary the Palace itself is relativily simple but historical. Visiting the gardens -...

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  • Monaco - History (finished)

    This tragic moment in its history and these difficult years were, however, decisive for the future of the Principality. Prince Charles III of the Grimaldi devoted his whole life to the reconstruction of his country, and under his able rule, Monaco became a modern country, open to the most progressive influences and ideas of the period. His son...

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  • Monaco- History (cont)

    In 1506 the Monegasques withstood a four month long siege by a Genoan army ten times their size. Luciano Grimaldi, Lord of Monaco, showed his bravery on this occasion. But although the Grimaldi had been obliged to become soldiers, they had not lost their traditional intelligence in the sphere of politics and human relations. When subjected in 1509...

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  • Monaco - History

    In the year 43 B.C. Caesar concentrated his fleet in the port of Monaco and waited in vain for the arrival of Pompey who was taking refuge in Illyria. After this date, for many centuries, the name of Monaco did not often appear in literary texts, but in the 12th century, Frederick Barbarossa, Emperor of Germany, conceded Genoa the sovereignty of...

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  • Home of the Royal Family

    It's nice hanging around Monaco because the streets are cleaner than Nice and also by the security feeling. I've seldom seen dog crap on the streets.

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  • Place full of festivals and events

    Visitors come from all over the world for the Grand Prix de Monaco in May and the Monte-Carlo Rally in January. Many of the greatest singers perform in the opera season. There is a fireworks festival (July-August), and an international circus festival at the end of January as well as world-class ballet and concerts.

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  • Grand Casino

    Designed in 1978 by Charles Garnier, architect of the Paris Opera and set in formal gardens, the Casino gives a splendid view over Monaco. The lavish interior is still decorated in Belle Epoque style, recalling an era when this was the rendez-vous of Russian Grand Dukes, English lords and other adventurers.

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  • Palais du Prince

    The Prince's Palace is open to the public from June to September (9.30am to 6.30pm), in October (from 10am to 5pm) and closed from November to May.You can visit many sights such as the Italian-style Gallery with frescoes by 16th-century Genovese artists, depicting mythological scenes; the Louis XV Salon, a marvel of blue and gold harmony; The...

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  • Facts about Monaco

    Since 1949, Monaco has been in the charge of the most effective ruler ever. Businesslike Prince Rainier 3 is descended from a Grimaldi who entered the Monaco fortress in 1297 disguised as a monk. Rainier's wife, former film star Grace Kelly, died tragically in 1982. Their son, Albert, is heir to the throne but his sisters, Caroline and Stephanie,...

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  • Romantic Monaco

    Monaco Town is located on a small peninsula that juts into the sea encompassing the famous Port. Here are located the narrow alleys, shops, and cafes of Old Town. Even during the hot season you can find many calm places where you will be alone. By the way you can walk in Monaco any time day or night because Monaco has more police per square metre...

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  • Musee Oceanographique

    The museum was founded in 1910 by Prince Albert 1 and houses an amazing aquarium. The rarest fish of the seven seas are exhibited in 90 tanks in this majestic tower, as well as skeletons of sea lions, whales and other findings from the Antarctic exploration of Prince Albert I. The museum took eleven years to build, using 100,000 tons of stone from...

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  • Monaco

    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...

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  • Monaco

    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...

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  • F1 Circuit

    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...

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  • Guided tours

    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...

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  • Luxury – Yachts

    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...

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  • Luxury – Cars

    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...

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  • Architecture

    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,...

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  • Eratic Lifts

    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...

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  • Who's That Man!

    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!

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  • Monte Carlo Historic Car Rally

    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...

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  • A Little Hup, Two Three,...

    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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  • A photographer's dream

    The Jardin Exotique for the sweeping views that extend over the entire principality, all the way to Italy.

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  • The coins of the realm

    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....

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  • Foreign Exchange

    - American Express Voyages35, Boulevard Princesse CharlotteClosed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.- Compagnie Monégasque de changeParking du Chemin des PêcheursClosed from November 5th to December 25th.- Monafinances17, avenue des Spélugues

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  • Post office

    Main post office:Palais de la Scala, Monte CarloPhone: 97 97 25 25Open from Monday to Friday, from 8 AM to 7 PM and on Saturday, from 8 AM to 12 noon.Branch offices:1, rue de la CollePlace de la Mairie35, avenue Princesse GracePlace des Moulins12, chemin de la TurbiePlace du Campanin St-NicolasNOTICE: Letters sent from the Principality of Monaco...

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  • Relations with France

    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...

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  • Reflections

    One of Monaco's beautiful harbors and the sun reflections on the water... picture taken from a square right in front of the royal palace, from where you have excellent views, but then the scenery is awesome anywhere you look in MC...

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  • Monaco - The Early Days

    Since the very early days, the Rock of Monaco has provided a refuge for primitive peoples, traces of whom have been found in a cave in Saint Martin's Gardens. The first inhabitants of the area were probably the Ligurians. While the Roman period lasted, Monaco was part of the Province of the Maritime Alps - Julius Caesar embarked from its harbor on...

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  • Stylish interiors

    Visit arcades Les Galeries de Metropole. You can walk around a few floors of stylish interiors and admire, admire, admire the beauty, atmosphere, people, stores etc., etc. Don't you like that?

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  • Monaco - The Principality

    The state of Monaco is only half the size of New York’s Central Park, but in contrast to New York City, Monaco has no crime, no poverty, no unemployment, no pollution and no income tax. Despite astronomical land value, buildings are limited to 12 stories. Whatever is unbuilt is park or garden. There is no dirty air, so all the buildings sparkle in...

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  • Royal Palace

    Visit Monaco's Royal Palace which has been around since the 13th century. You must walk up to the top of the hill to reach the palace but believe me - it's worth of it, even in hot weather. There were not many visitors when I visited the palace but it was in early May.

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  • Handrails

    Just another look. Pay attention to beautiful (hand-made) metal/iron? handrails. Hmm... a lot of work about them, I am sure. But don't they look impressive?

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  • Art?

    What is that on my picture ??? You could buy it in Les Galerie des Metropole. Rather not a kind of local art, am I wrong? There are a lot of galleries with contemporary art there - not for budget travellers but... nice to look at. Do you like it?

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  • Chandeliers

    This chandelier as on my picture looked really impressive, am I wrong? You can find a few ones in Les Galeries de Metropole.Don't ask me whether you can buy them there? Hmm... rather not, I suppose. And how to get it to your plane/car? Any ideas? He?

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  • Beauty to buy

    Hmm... some things to buy looked really great there. Look at my picture, am I wrong. Hmm... don't look at the prices (or rather ask for them) unless you are a Rockefeller's son/daughter hehe.

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  • Changing of the guard

    It is worth taking a look inside the Royal Palace - 15 rooms, including the Throne Room, are open to the public. If you've already blown your cash and can't afford the entrance fee, the changing of the guard won't cost you a cent. It starts at 11:55am precisely and is over within two minutes, so be on time.

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  • Mixed styles

    Every Grimaldi since has found it necessary to leave their mark on the place, and as a result this is NOT one of Europe's most elegant castles.But, never mind, it's a must see while you are in Monaco. Am I wrong?

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  • Les Galeries de Metropole

    Visit Les Galeries de Metropole - big and charming place to do shopping, window shopping, caffee break etc. The entrances to the shopping center are in Hotel de Metropole and...through lift just from the street. This tip is rather not for budget travellers!

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  • Glamur of Monaco

    A whole city. Monaco is old fashion mediteranian city full of glamur and cool babes :) It truly takes you over. Fast expensive cars, everything is clean, nice people and many many tourist. You can also meet a celebrity there.

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