It is safe to drive from Nice to Monte Carlo at night, if you know the roads and have euros for the tolls. The entry to the A8 from the airport is a bit tricky to find and the Monte Carlo exit off the A8 is a twisty road. There are not many road lights once you get off the major roads. We have dropped off cars very early at the airport to find nobody to check us in- you must drop the key at the rental car desk inside the airport (across the road from the parking lot). I take pictures of the car as proof that there was no damage when nobody checks us in. I don't find Nice airport to be overly busy, but from past experience the rental car places at the airport are a hassle. We now get a limo service to and from the airport and rent a car once we get to Menton.
Fondest memory: The park across from the casino is delightful.
Favorite thing: On new year's day 2002, Monaco, like the other 11 members of the Eurozone, started using Euro notes and Euro coins for cash transactions. Within a few months, the old coins and banknotes in Lire were withdrawn. These coins however seem to have diseappeared all into the collectors books - since in a few dozend visits to Monaco I have never had a single Monaco coin in my hands. Sets are sold at over EUR 300 for the Monaco coins.
Favorite thing: Any country regardless how small needs a police. Hence also Monaco does have its own police force. Law enforcement in Monaco is provided by an armed national police force consisting of 517 men and women. There is also the mainly ceremonial bodyguard unit for the Prince and his palace called the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince which numbers over 100 officers and men, and is equipped with modern weapons including M-16 rifles and 9mm pistols.
Visiting Monaco - open the curtain and enter into an exclusive world for a few days.
Monaco and its surroundings offer marvelous landscapes like Cap d’Ail, Nice, Cannes,
St-Tropez. Sea views on the Mediterranean, the several bays with exclusive Yachts, dream cars and glitter will make your stay impressif, maybe unforgettable.
Talking about exclusive yachts : "SS Delphine", bordered in view of my hotel Le Méridien :
A real "Lady" of steel launched in 1921 and now resident in the Principally of Monaco where, after a rigorous "facelift", she was revealed for many eyes like the eye of my Canon
Fondest memory: Don't forget to close the curtains again and get back to your own reality
Favorite thing: I suggest to avoid little restaurants and bar, they are very expensive and all with the same tourist menu, so if you have tried the tasteful italian cousine you know what you are eating in these places ...
As it's a place for the rich and famous, Monaco is an expensive spot.
Eating and drinking can easily spoil the contentment of your purse, not even talking of shopping or gambling.
If you're looking for a cheap way to get a tour through the city, just hop on one of the bus-lines, to Jardin Exotique and Larvotto. You'll see most of the important things and have some great views. The more expensive way is to try Ferrari-tours and cruise around in one of their vehicles.
Fondest memory: "If you're rich come in and enjoy. Otherwise just look and be astonished" - I can remember these words from the restaruant-guide.
Anyway - the flair of Monaco/Monte-Carlo is unique and definetely worth a visit.
Favorite thing: that was my first time in Monaco last summer and i am going back there this coming summer as well. i cant wait!! I like monaco for so many different reasons. do you speak French or Italian? if you do, youll have alots of fun, but if you dont, dont worry about it, people in Monaco all speaks English. i never had problems at any time. people are nice and friendly and very sophisticated. rent a mercedez and drive around, you feel like you are the king/queen.
A very famous event in Monaco is the annual formula one car race. It's the only one in the world where the cars go through the city, along along shops, houses and parks. I found it strange to walk along the racing road and see the tires at the side of the road, even if the race was held 3 months ago. I wondered if they ever put them away...
On the picture you see the famous tunnel beyont he Casino-hill where the cars drive through with amazingly high speed...
Favorite thing: Both edges of the street belongs to France and Monaco each, you may simply fall down from 1 country to another country not because you are a GIANT, because it is too close too near to each other. The border of both countries is devided by the concrete road. Just curios if we involve in a road accident, which country should we report to?
Favorite thing: I suggest to see behind the famous Casinò, there is a wonderful green zone with rare plants and with one of the most beautiful lanscapes of the coast.
Favorite thing: All around the town - especially from the top of one of the hills - you'll find awesome views like this... SIt down and enjoy them!!!