Hello lovelies, welcome back to my blog! How’s everything going? Today’s post is about a magnificent city-state in Europe located along the Mediterranean Sea: Monaco, the world’s second-smallest country.
Monaco is a tiny independent city-state on France’s Mediterranean coastline known for its upscale casinos, yacht-lined harbor and prestigious Grand Prix motor race, which runs through Monaco’s streets once a year.
Monte-Carlo, its major district, is home to an elegant belle-époque casino complex and ornate Salle Garnier opera house. It also has many luxe hotels, boutiques, nightclubs and restaurants.
High on a headland known as “the Rock” is Monaco-Ville’s old town, with its ramparts and imposing Prince’s Palace, plus the grand Oceanographic Museum. This is the seat of the ruling Grimaldi family, whose Prince Rainier III famously married American actress Grace Kelly in 1956 (their graves can be visited at Monaco Cathedral).
Below is La Condamine, the district containing the ritzy Port Hercules. To the west is Fontvieille, a suburb that’s home to the AS Monaco football club. On Monaco’s eastern edge is its public beach, the pebbled Larvotto.
Most visitors come for the Grand Prix car race (May) and in summer (Jul–Aug). Other key events include the Rallye Monte-Carlo car race (Jan), Monte-Carlo Masters tennis tournament (Apr–May) and the Monte-Carlo International Fireworks Festival (Jul–Aug). Weather is generally mild year-round. via Google
What to visit when you are a day in Monaco:
Open-air display of cacti & other succulent plants native to dry zones around the world.
Museum founded by navigator/oceanographer Prince Albert I, plus an aquarium with 6000 specimens.
Small 17th-century chapel & museum exhibiting old masters against an elaborate baroque backdrop.
Promontory overlooking Monaco’s port, with many historic buildings & walking routes.
Romanesque Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Nicholas, dating from the 19th century.
6. Musée du Vieux Monaco
Small cultural museum open Wednesdays & Fridays Jun–Sep for viewing historic art & costumes.
7. Prince’s Palace of Monaco
Prince of Monaco’s 13th-century residence, with lavish state apartments open to public seasonally.
Garden dedicated to Princess Grace with 300+ varieties of rose bushes & QR codes for identification.
An intimate garden featuring Japanese-style landscaping around a pond with a bridge & a tea house.
Elegant Beaux-Arts building, made famous in film and literature, with upscale casino & performances.
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