Globetrotting: A Weekend In Monaco

61 years ago this week, Grace Kelly married Monaco’s Prince Rainier III.  This article (click here to read) about the “original fairy-tale” wedding on Brides.com got me thinking about a previous trip I took to Monaco.

I recommend visiting Monaco if you like to gamble, shop at designer stores, watch the Grand Prix, and/or you are a car aficionado. (Although I’m not really a big fan of any of these things, I still had a nice weekend). Monaco is about a 30 minute drive from Nice. You can also travel to Monaco from the Nice airport via train or bus if you don’t want to rent a car.

My favorite activity in Monaco was touring the Prince’s Palace. This lavish residence is home to Prince Albert II and anyone may tour his home. The tour only costs eight Euros per adult. I was unable to take pictures inside, but the decor and history are really incredible. Just make sure to check your travel plans with tour dates and times; learn more here.

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Have your camera ready for the walk up the the palace, the view of the city is gorgeous from here.

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I enjoyed the view and the history. In the early to mid 1500s, there were risks of attacks so gun platforms and cannons were built (and still exist today):

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At night, head over to Casino Square and the Monte Carlo Casino to either gamble or just admire the opulence. To enter the casino, you must be well-dressed (the more glamorous the better) and pay an entrance fee of 10 Euros.

Fountains at dusk in Casino square in Monaco

During the day, make sure to walk around and enjoy the views. There’s so much to see in this sovereign city-state. I also like this list of things to see and do in Monaco, especially the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

Houses

Blue Sky

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