[ Southern France ] Monaco – The Rich and the Riches

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Monaco, the second smallest country and one of the most densely populated country in the world, is a popular tourist attraction for people visiting the French Rivera (Cote d’Azur). The small country has its own Prince and Princesses (although the second smallest monarchy in the world) and it’s one of the richest countries in the world. You could…

see lots of luxury yachts in the harbour and nice apartment complexes all around the coastal region.

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We returned our car at the Nice Airport (look at that KISS AND FLY!) early in the morning and took the train from a station around that area to Monaco.

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The journey to Monaco only takes about 30 to 40 minutes. This is the train station platform in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

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The train station is hidden behind this ornate church and in the big “rock”. Cant really tell from the outside that there’s a train station in there.

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Our first stop was the famous Monte Carlo Casino. But apparently you have to pay a fee to go in and we weren’t that keen on losing some money so forget about that.

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The hotel beside the casino is very ornate as well. Hotels in Monaco are generally pretty expensive. So when you search on booking sites and if you have a certain budget, you’d probably end up finding hotels in Nice instead. After all, Nice is not that faraway.

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The decorative arts in the area around the casino.

 

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There are lots of “ups-and-downs” when you’re getting around in Monaco because the country is basically built on a slope. So we basically opted to take the bus to get from different areas to conserve our energy. It was actually way too hot out there as well to be walking around.

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We took a bus that took us to the Prince’s Palace. The walk from the bus station to the palace, you’d get a nice view of the colourful houses.

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As well as a superb view of the harbour.

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The Prince’s Palace (Palais Princier) is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco. It’s open to public for viewing but many said that there wasn’t much impressive things to see. We had enough of palaces so we didn’t go in either. But when we were there, there were lots of people outside waiting to see the changing of the guards.

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Lots of apartment complex built in this tiny piece of land. It reminds me a bit of Hong Kong.

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Not too far from the palace is the Monaco Cathedral. This cathedral (1875) is built on the site of a parish that dates back to 1252.

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The details of the cathedral – they have pretty modern looking organ! The cathedral is also a burial ground for the royalty of Monaco, including the famous Princess Grace (Grace Kelly, Princess consort of Monaco).

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The area around the cathedral (in Monaco Ville) is a busy place with lots of restaurants and shops in the narrow streets.

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We had lunch at Express (what a name for a restaurant). It’s located right in Monaco Ville, not too far from the cathedral. It’s mainly outdoor seating so it can get a bit hot during summer time when there’s no breeze coming through. But the food was good.

The address is: 22, rue Comte Felix-Gastaldi, Monaco-Ville.

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While we were find the bus stop, we passed by the Oceanographic Museum. The museum is like a domino chip standing on the edge of a cliff, except the architecture is pretty impressive and classical in some sense. This museum was inaugurated in 1901 and took 11 years to build.

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Huge baby and a yellow submarine outside of the museum.

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It was getting too hot that we decided to get back to Nice early and just rest at our hotel.

This trip related posts:
1. [ Southern France ] The Petit Jewels – Eze
2. [ Southern France ] The Petit Jewels – Villefranche sur Mer & Antibes
3. [ Southern France ] The Capital of Perfume – Grasse
4. [ Southern France ] Savon de Marseille
5. [ Southern France ] The L’Occitane Factory – Manosque
6. [ Southern France ] Roussillon – The Red Village
7. [ Southern France ] An Afternoon in Gordes and enroute to Avignon
8. [ Southern France ] Night in a Cardinal Residence in Villeneuve-Les-Avignon
9. [ Southern France ] Avignon – The City of Popes
10. [ Southern France ] Enroute to Cannes
11. [ Southern France ] All the Glamour of Cannes and Boutique Hotel
12. [ Southern France ] Monaco – The Rich and the Riches
13. [ Southern France ] Nice – The Alpes-Maritimes Capital

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