Fairytale Land, Beautiful, Magical.
Very, very expensive
a short visit to Monte-Carlo makes you realize how poor you are! ;-)
I was a little surprised that we were able to walk through the Casino, my husband in his shorts and tennis shoes, me not really dressed all that much nicer. The building is beautiful but marred by the same tacky slot machines you'd find in any casino in the public areas. Perhaps the sophisticated folks hang out in the private rooms, it was midday...more
There's isn't an overwhelming amount of things to do in Monaco, after all it's barely bigger than my backyard. So every tourist in Monaco I think comes to see the Changing of the Guard, a 10-15 minute ceremony featuring a lot of stomping and clanking of guns that one wonders if they even work since no one has ever probably had to use one to defend...more
This museum was founded in 1910 by Albert I, the great grandfather of the present prince. In the main rotunda is a statue of Albert in his favourite costume - that of a sea captain. Displayed are specimens he collected during 30 years of expeditions aboard his oceanographic ships. The aquarium that is one of the finest in Europe, contains more than...more
Square Beaumarchais Bp No 277, Monte-Carlo, 98000, Monaco
Good for: Couples
Out Of this World Where the glitz meets the glamour. Don't come here on a budget. Incredible...more
Avenue Princess Grace, Roquebrun Cap-Martin, Monte-Carlo, 06190, Monaco
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
The food is really nice like nowhere, like homemade, atmosphere is the same! casual chick untill midnight, after people gather in lounge zone and sing karaoke and smoke shishas! Fantastic! They have this big wood table in the middle of a restaurant with red curtains, so with big company or for the family or romantic dinner it can be nice, realli...more
At the private beach of Hotel "Le Méridien", a cocktail party before having diner in the exclusive restaurant "Maya Bay"I was focused on a ship called "SS Delphine". This steamer is registrated as a passenger ship and was builded in 1921, restored early 2000/2004.Up to 250 guests can be welcomed on board (not cruising) for events such as the...more
The Monte Carlo Casino, designed by Charles Garnier, the legendary architect who also built the majestic Paris Opera, was dedicated from the outset to the art of gaming. With its great frescoes in the style of Boucher, its bas-reliefs, sculptures and caryatids, and an astonishing gold and marble atrium, the architecture exerts an unforgettable...more
We were staying too far away from Monaco to consider public transportation but if you are staying along the French Riviera in Cannes or Nice or along the way, it might be cheaper and easier to take a train or a bus to get into Monacofor train schedules http://www.voyages-sncf.com/for bus schedules http://www.lignesdazur.com/more
I had heard that parking in Monaco could be a problem so we parked in one of the 1st garages we saw near the Jardin Exotique (Botanic Gardens), we probably should have driven a little further into Monaco but at the time I was thinking that Monaco was only about a mile long and that everywhere in town was convenient. What doesn't show up on a flat...more
Chocolaterie et confiserie de Monaco
Chocolaterie de Monaco, by Appointment to
HSH the Sovereign Prince of Monaco .....
Delicious chocolates and excellent candies.
An "address of confidence" which is known to
supply the royal domicile
What to buy: Anything in the shop ....
Mary picked out about 10 different chocolates
to savor over the next few days .....
Great Place .... Great Chocolates
You won't find this quality at home.
Closed Saturday and Sundays
What to pay: you will pay $$$$, but it is very
well worth it, so if your in the area,
splurge a little, your on holiday !!
With the exception of the British monarchy, I'm guessing that the Grimaldi family is the best known royal family of Europe. From the beautiful Princess Grace Kelly who left Hollywood to marry her Prince and died in a tragic car accident, to the wild child Princess Stephanie to Prince Rainier's heir Prince Albert. As we were walking around Monaco,...more
We were in France at the same time that Monaco was having their Grand Prix weekend but as I don't particularly enjoy car racing, coupled with crowds, I figured it was best avoided. Plus I imagine that tickets are not only expensive but probably also sold out. If you are going at the end of May, make sure you check the dates for the Grand Prix.It is...more
We were feeling just a wee bit inadequate as we were tooling along the highway in our little Twingo and *whoosh* there goes a Maserati and *whoosh* was that a Lamborghini? *Whoosh* double Porsches. It got to be that we saw so many of these cars plus Bentleys and Rolls Royces, that when we saw a BMW or Mercedes we were thinking how pedestrian they...more
Driving into Monte Carlo and finding space in a carpark (in itself no mean feat), almost the first thing I saw was the sign shown in the photo. It appears the Monegasques do not want half naked people walking about the place. Actually, I agree with that. If you want to sunbathe go to the pool or the beach. It appears you can be prosecuted for even...more
Be aware that Monte Carlo, as I said in my introductory page, is a byword for opulence. It is not, frankly, a place for penniless backpackers living on $20 per day. As an example, in a cafe, albeit a particularly nice one in the square opposite the Castle, a beer, a Coke and a small bottle of water cost me €17, which equates to almost $22 US.more
We stayed in the Fairmont hotel, and the only non-alcaholic drinks avialable were from the mini bar, room service or the bar.casino. Prices were about 5 Euro 50cents for 1 Coke! There are no Soda machines nearby, and there are no tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms, either. As such, if you don't want to be wasting a fortune (and don't want to...more
Paris Hilton in Monte Carlo, exclusive picture from a Paperazzia like me
Hilton in the Hotel "Le Méridien" At a business beach party - only a few days before her emprissonment in LA
BTW How can she afford it
Unique Suggestions: Be sure the man or woman is not a look alike
Fun Alternatives: It was fun, many of my colleguas were surprised to meet this famous lady
But if you want to meet the real ones, go to the Film Festival in Cannes (nearby)
Luggage and bags: It is only 30 minutes by train in distance or 10 minutes by helicopter from Nice, I would suggest keep all your belonging into the hotel or coin locker if you plan to have a day trip.
I love this church a lot! Though it isn't very known in Monaco, it's the main cathedral. It's architechture is awesome and standing in front of it the view to the mediterrenean sea is breath-taking. You'll reach it climbing up the hill to the palace and the walking along the narrow roads. You cannot miss it and it's a great walk from the palace,...more
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Monte Carlo has a speed boat race periodically in early June. With Monaco being such a small country, it’s not like the boats are spinning round in small circles. No, it’s a distance race. These boat are coming from Cowes, Isle of Wight. Monte Carlo is simply the finish line, and you might get a chance to see the boats close up after the race.more
The Formula 1 Grand Prix is *the* spectator sport event in the Principality. It is also one of the most exciting motor racing shows^ add up some of the fastest cars on Earth and the narrow winding streets and you’ll see why. Tickets are costly, though, but you can always watch from a rooftop or the Casino surroundings.more
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...more
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...more
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...more