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.
casino monte carlo, hotel de paris and the ultimate people watching spot café 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.