monaco – posh and fun

monaco

monaco

monaco is ritzy, glitzy and fun! it is nestled between the alps and the mediterranean sea enjoying an enviable location in both the french and italian riviera. blessed with ideal climate with 300 days of sunshine in a year. charming streets, posh apartment buildings and lush gardens. beautiful harbor packed with luxury yachts and exotic cars cruising along, all part of monaco’s allure and charisma.

pia and i had company exploring this small principality. we met lovely people along the way. daisy from china, whom we met at a bus stop in nice, was on a tour before starting school in germany. and in eze, sharon, former teacher and her friend rose, retired attorney, both from argentina. they were wonderful, easy going and so much fun to be with. we took the 15-minute bus ride from eze beach to monaco, and started our delightful adventure in monte-carlo.

sharon, rose, daisy

sharon, rose, daisy

casino monte carlo, hotel de paris and the ultimate people watching spot cafΓ© de paris, all at the heart of monte carlo. we were right in the middle of these iconic landmarks humming and bursting with energy and excitement. we had a fabulous time. and if you’re visiting for the first time, be dazzled. be entertained. soak up the glam and elegance. savor the ambiance and have lots of fun.

lunch was at miramar along the harbor with great views of the marina and grand prix race lanes. i had seafood salad and pia had champagne risotto with scallops. mine was delectable, hers was divine. right across the harbor is sainte devote chapel dedicated to st. devota, patron saint of monaco.

walking is by far the best way to go around monaco. unhurriedly, we enjoyed the streets and sceneries walking up to monaco-ville, locally known as le rocher, monaco’s old town. modernized over the years, le rocher remains medieval at heart, subdued, peaceful and quiet. it is where the prince’s palace, the cathedral and some government buildings are.

the streets of monaco

with all its glitter and glamor, the principality of monaco remains captivating and its rich history adds to the present charm.

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23 Responses to monaco – posh and fun

  1. Kamila Pala says:

    Nice post! πŸ™‚ It looks you really enjoyed this place! Interesting to read about my “home city”, now. Bye and lovely weekend. Kamila

    • lolaWi says:

      oh i didn’t know monaco is your home Kamila! πŸ™‚ you have a beautiful home city. though it was a whirlwind visit, we had so much fun! i wish we had more time. maybe next time! thank you so much and i’m glad you like my post! πŸ™‚ have a lovely weekend, too!

  2. lolaWi says:

    That’ll be awesome, Kamila! πŸ™‚ I’ll make sure to let you know next time. thank you!

  3. Amy says:

    Monaco is beautiful! I like all the photos you took, I did not get good pics at all when we visited there a in 2012.

  4. Monaco looks really lovely. I’ve always thought that only the rich and famous could afford to go there. πŸ™‚

  5. Sue Slaght says:

    We were there too! Great captures of your day. πŸ™‚

  6. bebs1 says:

    Beautiful photos. The fun of traveling independently. You get to meet a lot of people which you don’t get to know if you are traveling with a tour group.

    • lolaWi says:

      Thanks, B! So very true! The ladies from Argentina were really fun! They were very adventurous and shared so many fun stories from their travels! All three of them are now friends with P in FB πŸ™‚

  7. Anonymous says:

    Monaco, looking very splendid, the playground of the rich and famous, and not quite so famous..lol. Lovely pics Wi….

  8. Monaco is really a beautiful, quaint country, the pictures are perfect description, the playground of the rich and famous, not so famous, getting famous…lol Nice shots Wil.

  9. Imelda says:

    What a beautiful and elegant place. And you look like that place is where you belong. Bagay ka diyan Lola Wi. πŸ™‚

    I like your first shot a lot – it gives one the big idea about Monaco. The Church is a nice refuge, a good place to rest both feet and spirit. Thanks for sharing with us your trip and photos.

    • lolaWi says:

      i’m happy to share our travel experiences, Imelda. maganda yung chapel and so heartwarming na halos mga kababayan natin ang nadatnan ko sa chapel πŸ™‚ salamat sa kind words πŸ™‚

  10. rommel says:

    Dame, lola. Dami mong gala. You’ve been all over the place.

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