and beautiful in pale pink…………..
and the Saint Nicholas Cathedral is the resting place of Princess Grace.
This orche-colored building was one of my favorites here.
Finally, we have made it to the Prince’s Palace of Monaco! Built in 1191 as a fortress, it was continually pounced upon by foreign powers. Since 1297, it has been the home to the Grimaldi family; who were first feudal lords and then became sovereign princes through fragile agreements with stronger neighbors. The Grimaldis had no other palaces or pieces of land and this one was quite small. Many of the Grimaldi princes made their home in France, rather than deal with this aging fortress. By 1889, the gambling casino, built by the Grimaldi family to bring in money, was deemed a playground for the rich. It attracted Russian dukes and railway magnates, and all their mistresses, along with many adventurers. In 1882, when Queen Victoria visited the French Riviera, she refused to make a courtesy call to Monaco calling it, “the moral cesspool of Europe.”
Prince Rainier III was responsible for not only turning around the fortune and reputation of Monaco, but also for overseeing the restoration of the palace. Upon his accession in 1949, Prince Rainier III immediately began a program of renovation and restoration to a palace that had only altered in seven hundred years with a tower or two. Together with his wife, the late Grace Kelly, Prince Rainier not only restored the palace, but from the 1970s also made it the headquarters of a large and thriving business, which encouraged light industry to Monaco, the aim of which was to lessen Monaco’s dependence on the income from gambling. Today Monaco is home to a large banking industry (there are no taxes here) and construction of new buildings is seen everywhere. Nearly all of my photos of Monaco has a crane it it.………………..
In front of the Palace everyone is queueing up to watch the changing of the guard.
So, I strolled over to take a peak at the gardens………
and the cannons…………….
and look over the edge…………
And then decided a nice sit down at this café was called for………… that small door was for extra table linen and such, I inspected it………
and then decided I could watch the changing of the guard from here and enjoy a nice glass of wine…………….
It’s not yet noon and I have walked up the hill and down the hill, and below the ground. We have ate pizza and drank wine, but now we must move on as we have two more towns to visit today! We really enjoyed Monaco and would make this a destination again! We are off to Nice and Eze, or as the guide tells us Nice and Easy! See you there!