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Monaco Things to Do

  • Casino

    Monte-Carlo Things to Do

    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...

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  • Oceanographic Museum

    Monaco Things to Do

    Albert I, great-grandfather of the present prince, founded this museum in 1910. In the main rotunda is a statue of Albert in his favorite costume: that of a sea captain. Displayed are specimens he collected during 30 years of expeditions. The aquarium, one of the finest in Europe, contains more than 90 tanks, and even has a shark lagoon. The...

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  • Change of Guard

    Monte-Carlo Things to Do

    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...

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  • Exotic Garden - Jardin Exotique

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    Built on the side of a rock, these gardens are known for their cactus collection. They were begun by Prince Albert I, who was a naturalist and scientist. He spotted some succulents growing in the palace gardens and created this garden from them. You can also explore the grottoes here, as well as the Musée d'Anthropologie Préhistorique (tel....

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  • The Oceanography Museum

    Monte-Carlo Things to Do

    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...

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  • Grand Casino

    Monaco Things to Do

    The casino was built in 1863, but is history dates back to the 1850s when the Grimaldi family was in financial trouble and was looking for a new source to generate some income. It was one of the earliest steps on Monaco's way to become a harbour for the rich and famous. After Monaco abolished all direct taxes in 1869, the Casino was Monaco's only...

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  • Grand Prix de Monaco

    Monte-Carlo Things to Do

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ As you exit the train station, one of the first things you see is a nice monument dedicated to William Grover-Williams, the winner of the 1st Grand Prix in Monte Carlo - 1929 ...... ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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  • Cathedral of St. Nicholas

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    The cathedral's history goes back to the year 1252 when St. Nicholas Church was consecrated. Neoromanesque is the dominating style. It was consecrated in 1875 and as become the burial pace of the Royal family. No wonder that the graves of Grace Kelly (Gracia Patricia) and Rainier III are visited by many tourists and that their graves are often...

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  • Princess Grace Burial SIte

    Monte-Carlo Things to Do

    After our half-day tour of Nice and Eze, we used our free time in Monte Carlo to climb the inclined walk-way up to the "Prince's Palace." From the Place du Palais, we walked the narrow streets til coming upon the Monaco Cathedral, the resting place of many of Monaco's royal princes. Here in the Monaco Cathedral is the Grave of Princess Grace, who...

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  • Grand Prix - Formula 1

    Monaco Things to Do

    My budget does not allow me to watch a formula 1 race and I am not that much of a fan to save for it. The Monte Carlo Grand Prix however is a classic in car racing and the Circuit de Monaco probably the most famous racetrack in Formula 1. For many years, it was the only race to take place in a city on normal everyday streets. Those familiar with...

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  • Monaco Cathedral

    Monte-Carlo Things to Do

    The Monaco Cathedral is not only quite beautiful but is notable as the final resting place of many of the Grimaldi Princes but also that of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace, the former Grace Kelly. The dazzling white facade features grand Roman-Byzantine architectural details which I found very beautiful. A bank of wide steps leads up to the main,...

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  • The Palace

    Monaco Things to Do

    Francois Grimaldi is one of the most legendary figures in Monaco's history. In 1297, he tried to get access to the fortress disguised as a monk. After he was welcomed, he opened the gates for his men and made his cousin Rainier I the first Grimaldi ruler of Monaco. Although four years later, the fortress was lost to the Genoese again, the Grimaldi...

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  • Palace

    Monte-Carlo Things to Do

    The structure known today as the Prince's Palace and residence of the Prince of Monaco, started its life of service as a Genoese fortress circa 1191 to 1215. Due to the small size of the country and perhaps lack of buildable land, this is Monaco's sole palace. The Grimaldi Princes have been in residence since 1297 (except for about 20 years) when...

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  • Japanese Garden

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    A stylized replica of the great outdoors, with its mountain, hill, waterfall, beach and brook, this surprising 7000 m2 park is an authentic work of art created by respecting the strictest principles of the Zen concept of compactness. An exceptional park at the foot of the city, this eastern garden is touched by a particular atmosphere,...

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  • Marina

    Monte-Carlo Things to Do

    Ok, so you're walking around and you see boats. Well, maybe not boats, but yachts. Big yachts! Then you must be near the Monte Carlo Marina. Take a look at the fabulous vessels bobbing in the water and dream.. maybe a good bet at the casino will help you to buy one for yourself.

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  • Changing of Guard Ceremony

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    Every day at 11.55 sharp. Popular for tourists and equal in different parts parts of the world. Call it : - London (UK) - Bangkok (Thailand) - Vatican city by swiss guards (Italy) - Prague ( Czech Republic ) Fondest memory after looking at those guards, some of them reminded me at John Cleese and/or Michael Palin in their super films of the Monthy...

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  • Exotic Garden

    Monte-Carlo Things to Do

    One thing in Monte Carlo that will not cost you a King's ransom is to visit the gardens which are adjacent to the aquarium. The local very pleasant climate is obviously conducive to growth and the gardens are immaculately kept. If you have lost all your money in the Casino, this might be the place to come and reflect on your folly! I hope the...

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  • Grace Kelly Gravestone

    Monaco Things to Do

    Prince Ranier was the ruler of Monaco who married the American film star Grace Kelly. Princess Grace was the reason why Monaco became the place to go for the rich and famous and not just a small principality that happens to have a casino. The Princess was beautiful and elegant and adored by the people of Monaco. The Princess died in a car accident...

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  • Fontvieille

    Monte-Carlo Things to Do

    Fontvieille is the newest of the four traditional quarters (districts) in the principality of Monaco, and one of ten Wards for modern administrative purposes. It is a newly constructed area reclaimed from the Mediterranean Sea during the 1970s, and has a population of 3,300 in an area of 0.33 km². The existence of Fontvieille, and its many public...

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  • The Promenade

    Monaco Things to Do

    Stars get to have their hands cast in bronze along the the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, on Hollywood Boulevard and on Vine Street. In Monaco this honour is given to famous footballers - and of course you can see their feet cast in bronze (with one notable exception) on Promenade du Larvotto. Basicallt the "Hollywood of football". These...

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  • Winter Carnival

    Monte-Carlo Things to Do

    We were in Monte Carlo in November, and there was a "Winter Carnival" going on along the waterfront at the Marina. If we understood right, it is an annual event that is held. We had a great time playing the games and while at a carnival, it is almost a must to try the food your not supposed to eat ....... ha ha

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  • Opera

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    Since its creation in 1879, the Opera of Monte-Carlo has gained international fame, playing a key role in promoting the most beautiful voices to the rest of Europe. The Opera of Monte-Carlo secured a reputation for artistic innovation. Authors such as Bizet, Franck or Massenet wrote some of their works for the Monéguasque Opera. Regularly, the...

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  • Church of Sainte Dévote

    Monte-Carlo Things to Do

    One can see that space is tight in Monaco when visiting this church, a road bridge just above it, during the F1 Grand Prix tyres and equipment just in front off it. This votive chapel dedicated to the Patron Saint of the Principality and to the Prince and his family was built in the XI century in the Vallon des Gaumates, at the entrance to which...

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  • The Port

    Monaco Things to Do

    Always worth a look, the harbour of Monaco is home to a wide variety of boating excess, much of which appears to be for sale at any time. Among the professions serving the world's acute maldistribution of wealth here are the Yatch-brokers, testimony to the fickleness of fortune. It comes, and it goes. Few of these boats actually leave the...

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  • Monte Carlo

    Monaco Things to Do

    Monte Carlo was a kind of wasteland until in 1856 the prince allowed a casino to open it's doors here. He also changed the laws so that gambling was legalised and taxes would soon start to be lowered to almost zero scales for inhabitants of the small principality. At first the success of the casino was not that big, but when Francois Blanc took...

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  • Monaco from the water

    Although still less than 10-years-old, I had (perhaps) my first crush on Grace Kelly so when her engagement to Prince Rainier was announced, I just knew that I would spend my teen years sunbathing on a posh yacht in the Monacan harbor, where it now costs about 1200 Euros per night just to moor your ketch. At this point, both my teen years and...

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  • Monte Carlo Casino

    Also known as the Casino de Paris, the Grand Casino is one of the city's most architecturally beautiful constructions and tourist attractions. The ornate interior of the Grand Casino makes it worth a visit, regardless of whether you plan to indulge in a game of roulette or not, and its gold and marble details ooze with affluence. There is a fee to...

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  • St Martins Garden and Lookout

    These gardens are a relaxing spot where the small paths snake nonchalantly along the ridge hangs on the south-west face of the Rock. It is a thriving environment for the wild Mediterranean flora complemented by a rich display of exotic species. Here and there, the luxury of nature, classic works of art or a clear pool can be discovered. Entry is...

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  • Cathedrale de Monaco

    One should see this cathedral on the rock, which contains art by Louis Bréa and the royal tombs, in which Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III have their last resting places.The cathedral was consecrated in 1875, and is on the site of the first parish church in Monaco built in 1252 and dedicated to St. Nicholas. Of note are the retable (circa 1500)...

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  • Place du Palais

    The Prince's Palace of Monaco is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco. Built in 1191 as a Genoese fortress, during its long and often dramatic history it has been bombarded and besieged by many foreign powers. Since the end of the 13th century, it has been the stronghold and home of the Grimaldi family who first captured it in 1297. The...

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  • Changing the Guard

    Even though it's not like the one at the Buckingham Palace, it almost the same thing, except it's with less guards.Where? Prince's Palace of Monaco at Place du Palais.What time? 11h55. Get there early (20 minutes before should be fine during low-season) to get a good spot.

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  • THE GRIMALDI PALACE

    The Grimaldi Palace, with its solid square aspect is a fine symbol of the tenacity which has distinguished the Grimaldi family for centuries. It is also a real museum with fine furniture decorating its apartments. The palace dates from the 16th and 17th centuries but still preserves its mediaeval towers, built by the Genoese in 1215. Francesco...

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  • Saint Nicholas Cathedral

    This church has been around since 1875. Located in the Monaco-Ville district of Monaco, Saint Nicholas Cathedral is nestled not too far from the Prince's Palace. This place houses the remains of the famous Grace Kelly. This place also houses the remains of the Grimaldi family who ruled part of Monaco as feudal lords. The more recent interment is...

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  • Institute Oceanologique

    This is the aquarium in Monaco founded by prince Albert I in 1910. There are more than 90 aquaria, as well as a museum and a lot of research is conducted here. Jacques Cousteau used to be president for a couple of years.The opening hours change, but it's generally open from 10.00 to 18.00. The entrance costs €12.50 for adults and €6 for children.

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  • Other "Must Sees"

    Two other must sees in Monaco we did not make it too are the Oceanographic Museum & Aquarium and the Exotic Garden. The Oceanographic Museum & Aquarium is situated in a wonderfully grand building right on the cliff edge. Open between 10am & 6 pm daily, longer in the summer months. Entrance 11 Euros. Check out their website below. The other must see...

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  • The Palace

    A stroll from the casino past the harbor to the royal palace takes around 30 minutes.The palace is perched on a hill, with stunning views of Monaco and the French and Italian coasts beyond. Every day at 11:55 a.m sharp, royal guards parade onto the palace's front square, some with swords drawn, others shouldering rifles with bayonets. To the beat...

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  • Lunch and Lounge on the beach

    You can sit at an outdoor restaurant or lounge on a sun-chair and have drinks right on the beach. It's a small rock beach so you won't take the sand with you for the rest of the day.

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  • GP MONACO HISTORIQUE

    If you like old cars you'll appreciate this amazing event.The historique GP is organised every two years , 2 weeks before the Formula 1 GP on the same circuit.This year it was on the week end of the 1 st and 2nd may 2010.Not expensive 20 euros on saturday, 35 euros on sunday, 45 euros both and free for children under 15 years old accompanied.8...

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  • Oceanographic Museum, Monte Carlo

    The Oceanographic Museum (Musee Oceanographique) is housed in two floors of the exhibition spaces i.e. first and second floors of the building. They contain large colletions of marine fauna and creatures including large whale and shark skeletons and giant squid mold. Many of the exhibits were donated by its founder Prince Albert I who is also known...

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  • Musee Oceanographique, Monte Carlo

    Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium (Musee Oceanographique) is located on the top of the Rock and rises close to the sea level. Its total height is approximately 85 metres high. The Museum is located within a stone's throw of the Prince's Palace in the city of Monte Carlo. The Museum's facade is one of the finest architectural masterpieces in Monaco...

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  • Night view of Monte Carlo City and...

    The city and harbour of Monte Carlo are certainly beautiful at night especially during the Christmas festival seasons when the city and the harbour are beautifully illuminated with Christmas lightings and decorations, not to mention the presence of the colourful Christmas Markets at the harbour. You will be thrilled when you visit the city and the...

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  • Oceanographic Aquarium, Monte Carlo

    Oceanographic Aquarium is located at the basement of the Oceanographic Musuem (Musee Oceanographique) in the city of Monte Carlo. The same admission ticket to the Oceanographic Musuem covers also the Aquarium.The Aquarium contains more than 350 species of fish totalling more than 4,000 large and small fish occupying approximately 100 basins. Its...

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  • Monaco Cathedral

    This white stone cathedral was built in 1875 on the site of a 13th century church dedicated to Saint Nicolas. You can admire the wall paintings, the Great Altar and the Episcopal throne, and pay respect to all the Princes of Monaco.

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  • Fountain that changes colours, Monte...

    If you visit Monte Carlo Casino at night, don't miss the fountain that changes colours located at the park just behind the Monte Carlo Casino. The fountain changes into several beautiful colours at night such as blue, red, yellow and white as depicted in our photographs on the right. The buildings surrounding the fountain are also beautifully and...

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  • Going up to Palais du Prince

    We walked all the way up from the train station to the hill where the Roal Palace stands. So we had to go down the hill and then walk up the long snake road around the hill (pic 1)Plan ahead though because if you want to see the funny (and touristic) change of guards try to be up in the hill at11:55am! Every day the change of guards take place in...

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