Every day at 11.55AM outside the Palais Princier in the Place du Palais the Changing of the Guard takes place. The Prince's guard of carabiniers, who dress in white in summer & black in winter perform a ceremony that has been unchanged for over 100 years.
The photo shows tourists awaiting the start, for images of it, see my video.
The surface temperature of the water along the Côte d'Azur differs depending on the amount of sunshine it receives. In winter it can be from 16C and in summer to 22C. If your are diving however, the temperature is a constant 13C from below 2000 metres down to 4000 metres. Toplessness on most beaches is accepted in the south of France but be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen.
You're lucky because 'Le Sporting' has some movies in original version (that is subtitled in French). In France most foreign films are dubbed in French.
Place du Casino 98000 Monaco
Full rate: 9 Euros
Popcorn (medium): 3 Euros
Coca-cola (small bottle): 3,50 Euros
Check what movies are being shown:
VF = French version
VO = Original version (subtitled in French)
When we visited (July 2004) there was a huge playground by the marina with varied sorts of activities for children.
It worked as a temporary fair/playground with different attractions for several ages, and all of them seemed to be having a great time there.
This playground was set by the pool in front of the marina, another option to relax and enjoy your stay in Monaco.
Mild in winter (average in January and February : 8C) and warm without excess in summer (average in July and August : 25C).
The average temperature for the year is 16C and the Principality enjoys an exceptional amount of sun.
I went running a couple of times early in the morning whilst in Monetcarlo.
I found one problem, there are hardly any public toilets.
There are some down near the port towards the hill that goes up to the casino but thats it...so be warned.
Monaco values its well heeled and slightly conservative image. Dress in the expensive restaurants is coat and tie without exception. Men must wear shirts everywhere except in the beach and pool areas, and dirty looks will greet the church goer who shows up in shorts. Women can go topless at the beach or pools, however. Also, littering can get you not only fined, but arrested.
History: The history of Monaco is inseparable from that of the House of Grimaldi. Originally of Genoese extraction, the Grimaldis rose to prominence during the 12th century, when one member of the family became ambassador both to the court of the German Emperor Frederick II (Barbarossa) and to that of his Byzantine counterpart, Manuel Commenus. In the late 13th century, however, with the Holy Roman Empire riven with internal strife, the Grimaldi family was forced to take refuge in Provence. It was François Grimaldi who led a group of partisans into the fortress of Monaco in 1297, which has been ruled by the family ever since, the Grimaldis preserving their independence through a mixture of good luck and cunning diplomacy
“We all live in a Yellow Submarine” or Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium. This exceptional museum of marine sciences is an architectural masterpiece. The impressive rooms contain remarkable collections of marine fauna.
The natives who live here are a very nice bunch of people. Most of them speak French but understand a little English (or at least those that I've met thus far). So, go ahead and enjoy yourself here. I've personally observed that most folks here DO dress up very well... so you might just want to pack 1 or 2 evening dress(es) if you're heading to this part of the world. Enjoy your trip!!
'We may discover that a place does not become more interesting the farther away it is from the place we're in.' - Robert Thomas Allen (American Writer); b.1947
'The curious disappearance of satire from our literature is an instance of the fierce things fading for want of any principle to be fierce about.' -
The banks are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 4 p.m. Some branches are open on Saturdays from 9 am to midday (occasionally to 5 pm).
Monaco is very hilly and for those of you not wanting to walk up the hilly roads, there are public lifts! which will take you up road by road!
This is the Royal Palace which I saw the changing of the guards.
This is the residence of THE PRINCESS OF MONACO.
Monaco Cathedral was built in 1875 using white stone from La Turbie. From September through June, a Mass is sung every Sunday at 10AM.