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Monaco

The Principality of Monaco is a sovereign state, and lies between Nice and Menton. Best known for the Monaco Grand Prix, its casinos and status as tax haven, it is also an integral part of the French Riviera, and has many beautiful things to show its visitors.
Arguably not to everyone's taste, but impressive nonetheless.
And I must admit I don't go down to Monaco every week, if only because of the traffic during the weekends, but every now and then it's nice to stroll through the old town, view the Royal Palace, visit the Exotic Gardens, or just soak up the views.

Aerial view on Monaco Aerial view on Monaco

Monaco Grand Prix

Preparations under way for the Monaco Grand Prix Preparations under way for the Monaco Grand Prix

In a matter of days all the preparations for the Formula 1 GP races are completed, and just efficiently is everything brought back to its normal every day state... one of most challening F1 circuits in the world, it's quite thrilling to be able to walk along the streets where the fastests cars on the planet are battling it out, every year during the last weekend in May.

See also: 76th Monaco Grand Prix, 24-27 May 2018, Monaco .


Scenery

Monte Carlo Beach Hotel View from Moyenne Corniche on Monte Carlo Beach Hotel

Driving along the Moyenne Corniche road (D6007), you'll catch wonderful views on the coast below, from Villefranche-sur-Mer, to St. Jean Cap Ferrat and Beaulieu, to Beausoleil, and finally to Cap d'Ail and Monaco.
Note that this road is much less congested than the lower Basse Corniche which runs right along the sea front.


Musée Océanographique

Musée Océanographique Aerial view on the Musée Océanographique

The Museum of Oceanography is very much worth a visit. It offers fascinating exhibitions and presentations of marine life and marine environments, notably on the Mediterranean.
It was founded in 1910 by Prince Albert I, and contains his private scientific collection, beautiful aquariums and skeletons of many large marine animals.

Web site of the museum: Musée Océanographique.


Vintage Car Exhibition

Nearly 100 classic cars, 6 of which belong to the Prince of Monaco, are exhibited in a permanent exhibition, situated on the Terraces de Fontvieille.
Details: Monaco's vintage car collection website

The Historic Grand Prix has been held very year since 1997, and takes place two weeks prior to the Formula 1 Grand Prix. (grand-prix-historic)


Casino

The Monte Carlo casino has been a key attraction for the rich since it was built by the then Prince of Monte Carlo in 1856. Open for anyone at least 18 years of age, the casino has more to offer than just the money machines and gambling tables, notably its architecture and the beautiful casino terrace.


Le Rocher and old Monaco

Le Rocher, Monaco Le Rocher, Monaco

Allow some 3 hours to discover the old medieval part of Monaco, situated on Le Rocher or The Rock. Take in the quaint houses and narrow streets, and enjoy the vistas over the Mediterranean.
Visit the Royal Palace, built in 1191, and the official residence of the Prince of Monaco since the year 1297.

Royal Palace, Monaco Royal Palace, Monaco
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