Our First Jewel on the Côte d’Azur: Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Early morning in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, looked like this, as we pulled into the port. We were getting up earlier and earlier because we were so excited to see what each day would bring in a new place and sometimes even a new country!  Monaco consists of less than a square mile and has a population of about 38,400; most of them the rich and famous.

Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Now, that is a yacht with a pad for a helicopter, only to be out-done by his neighbor! My, how the other half lives!

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

And you can just open a door and pull out your speed boat to boot…..

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

See that little tunnel? For the most part that is how one gets around Monaco. The main roads and parking garages are underground. Who knew?  Monaco is so small. How could they deal with traffic and where would they park the cars and buses up top?

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

After the bus parked in the underground parking lot and we went up four escalators, we made it to the road above and could now walk up to the famous casino, palace and historic section of Monte-Carlo. That main road is the one used for the Monaco Grand Prix Road Race made of hairpin turns through the city. You can see by the time we got up to the top, it was turning into a beautiful day. So, let’s go, we’re going to see lots here!

Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Monte-Carlo, Monaco

We went from the underground tunnels up to the sky!

A View from the Old City, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
A View from the Old City, Monte-Carlo, Monaco

First stop, the famous casino. Do you know there is a charge of forty euros to walk into the Casino and look around? And you better be dressed to the nines too!

The Monte-Carlo Casino, Monaco

For the folks that don’t want to pay to go into the casino there is always the outdoor café across from the casino!

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Or you can look at some very impressive shops! Notice, I didn’t say shop at…………………

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

It was early morning and to be fair the shops weren’t open yet, so we strolled around looking at the fantastic architecture! Construction is going on everywhere here! Monaco is booming!

Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Monte-Carlo, Monaco

I need a break before walking on to the Palace for the changing of the guard. This looks like a good spot to take a break. Maybe I need a slice of pizza too………I’ll just take a minute and get back to you……..

Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Next we’ll see whats happening at the palace………we have so many stops today…………..

One Comment Add yours

  1. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Oh, how the other half lives!

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