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MONACO


Location - Western Europe; Capital - Monaco (city state); Population - 33,000; Currency - Euro

In April 2010 a certain Icelandic volcano was puffing its cheeks, so Eurostar was the mode of transport to Monaco, via Paris and Nice. In an area only 2 km², it has an amazing amount to offer - 3 days was just enough to see it all.

 

 euroMonaco uses the Euro as its currency

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco150The best views of Fontvieille harbour can be had from Monaco-Ville

 

 

monaco152The luxury boats at Fontvieille harbour, with the sheer walls of the rock supporting Monaco-Ville on the near-right

 

 

monaco153I wouldn't mind having an apartment here - the narrow path that overlooks Fontvieille at Monaco-Ville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco137Walk to the other side of Monaco-Ville and look down to Port Hercule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco139The streets of Monaco-Ville, the principality's old town

 

 

monaco144The Palais Princier, or Prince's Palace, is the offical residence of Prince Albert II. It houses the State Apartments which are open to the public - Monaco-Ville

 

 

monaco146Guards preparing for the changing of the guard ceremony - Monaco-Ville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco148The changing of the guards takes place outside the Palais Princier at the Place du Palais, Monaco-Ville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco142Monaco-Ville is also known as 'Le Rocher', or 'The Rock'

 

 

monaco149Offices surrounding the Place du Palais, Monaco-Ville

 

 

monaco156There's plenty of restaurants dooted around the narrow cobbled streets of Monaco-Ville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco159Monaco's cathedral, Monaco-Ville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco161Inside the cathedral are the tombs of Prince Rainier III and his wife, Princess Grace (Hollywood actress Grace Kelly, above) - Monaco-Ville

 

 

monaco14The Jardin des Boulengrins leads to the Casino de Monte Carlo, obscured in this photo by stands erected for the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix - Monte Carlo

 

 

monaco2Jardin des Boulengrins, Monte Carlo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco9The world-famous Monte Carlo Casino, Monte Carlo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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monaco19I managed to lose around 45 Euros within 20 minutes of entering. Ask me for tips - Casino de Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo

 

 

monaco18On one side of the casino is the Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo

 

 

monaco13Somehow I don't think I could afford this place - Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco20On the other side of the casino is the Cafe de Paris. You can see the hotel in the background - Monte Carlo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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monaco4Casino de Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo

 

 

monaco22Next to the train station's main entrance is the Ste Devote church, Monte Carlo

 

 

monaco24Have a wander through Monaco's labyrinthine underground walkways

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco25It feels like a town in itself, albeit a very empty one - Monaco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco63The view from the Hotel de France, the cheapest hotel in Monaco, at around 100 Euros a night - La Condamine

 

 

monaco68Near the hotel is the relaxing Place d'Armes - La Condamine

 

 

monaco66 Place d'Armes is a quiet place at night, La Condamine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco65 Place d'Armes, La Condamine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco45At the end of April work was well under way preparing for the forthcoming Monaco Grand Prix - La Condamine

 

 

monaco37Port Hercule is the older and larger of the 2 harbours in Monaco - La Condamine

 

 

monaco34One of numerous luxury boats berthed at Port Hercule, La Condamine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco47Port Hercule, La Condamine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco48From Port Hercule take the Chemin des Pecheurs path to the Aquarium at Monaco-Ville

 

 

monaco43Peering down from the Chemin des Pecheurs at Monaco-Ville

 

 

monaco55The Aquarium comes into view - Monaco-Ville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco53The Aquarium clings to the cliff face at Monaco-Ville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco58Funny fish at the Aquarium (I've forgotten its real name), Monaco-Ville

 

 

monaco74A night view of Port Hercule, La Condamine

 

 

monaco73Looking up from La Condamine to a section of the Prince's Palace in Monaco-Ville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco77The Jardin Exotique lies up the hill near the French border, in Moneghetti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco81There's more fantastic views from the Jardin Exotique, Moneghetti

My YouTube video of the Moneghetti views

 

 

monaco86Cruise ships arrive at Port Hercule, with the Mediterranean and the French Riviera in the distance - Monaco

 

 

monaco92A superb look at Monaco's old town, Monaco-Ville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco94Monaco-Ville and Fontvieille harbour. Port Hercule can just be seen to the left of Le Rocher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco100Fontvieille harbour, as seen from the Jardin Exotique, Moneghetti

 

 

monaco103A closer look at the money in Fontvieille harbour

 

 

monaco109At the top right is Monaco cathedral in Monaco-Ville - Fontvieille harbour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco52A rather bizarre sculpture at the entrance to Fontvieille harbour. It can (just about) be seen in the Aquarium photo earlier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco115Also in Fontvieille is the Princess Grace rose garden

 

 

monaco117The district of Fontvieille is built on reclaimed land

 

 

monaco119The fancy way of arriving in Monaco is by helicopter - the heliport, Fontvieille

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco163Making maximum use of Monaco's 2 square kilometres - Fontvieille

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco120And yes Monaco has beaches - this is the smaller, pebbly one between the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel, at the eastern extremity of the principality

 

 

monaco123Closer to the centre is the larger, man-made Larvotto beach - Larvotto

 

 

monaco128Larvotto beach, Larvotto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco129It's especially popular at the weekend - Larvotto beach, Larvotto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monaco133Continue along the coast heading towards Monte Carlo and you'll come across the Japanese Garden - Monaco

 

 

monaco136Close to the Japanese Garden are a host of footballers' feet imprints, including one Diego Armando Maradona - Monaco

 

 

Website and content Copyright © 2008-2011 Mark Wilkinson. All rights reserved.

 

LINKS

www.visitmonaco.com - Monaco's official site

www.yourmonaco.com

www.principatomonaco.com

 

I am not responsible for the content of external websites.

 

 
 
 
   
 
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