Monaco one day visit

Monaco was never on my bucket list. That’s because I had never dared to even dream of visiting it.

Monaco Monte Carlo harbor view

I knew about this place since I was quite young, and that was mainly related to the American actress Grace Kelly. The princess’s tragic accident shocked the world. However, this independent principality of South-Western Europe was very well known even before. Its glory came with the famous luxurious Monte Carlo Casino and of course with the Grand Prix Formula One car race.

Monte Carlo Monaco water front buildings and marina** In the first days of June they were just preparing the race track, starting right in front of the Monte Carlo harbor. I hope you can see it.

Monaco Harbor viewed from Le Rocher

Monaco is a place of many legends and Hollywood movies, and it is also an expensive dream travel destination. However, many things are feasible if you have a creative mind like my husband does 🙂

Monaco one day visit

In 2009 when we visited the French Riviera, this place was actually our main target for my birthday  🙂 My husband found an affordable B&B hotel in Eze – one of the closest French villages, shown in my previous article. From there, the next day we drove along the coast and spent many hours in this fantastic place.

French riviera map

Needless to say that we were both in a Wow! :)… While driving trough the narrow busy streets of Monte Carlo we tried to see as much as possible. There were so many luxurious buildings left and right, including hotels, restaurants and businesses… We would have walked more, but there was no place to park. We eventually found a spot for a few minutes, and I was able to take some quick snapshots.

Luxuious buildings in Monte CarloLuxurious buildings in Monte Carlo

The whole principality is surrounded by the Mediterranean Alps and several bridges are  facilitating the crossing from one side to another.

Crossing bridges in Monte CarloFortunately parking was possible up the hill, on the so called Le Rocher. There is where the royal palace also is, which is what I wanted to see 🙂

Monaco Royal Palace

The Prince’s Palace is the current residence of prince Albert II, son of Prince Rainier III and Grace, Princess of Monaco (Grace Kelly). * He’s a the brother of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and Princess Stéphanie. In July 2011, Prince Albert married Charlene Wittstock.

The statue below was made in the memory of Prince Rainier III. I just loved the seagull on top of it at that moment 🙂

Princes's Palace in Monaco

Both he and his father updated and modernized the building, which initially was a fortress. The changing guard however is still there.

Changing guard at the Prince's Palace in MonacoPart of the palace is open to the public in the summer season. However you have to leave the cameras at the entrance 🙁 We did with big regret, because what we’ve seen inside was absolutely marvelous. Besides valuable pieces of art, we could also admire a life size standing portrait of Princess Grace.

The view of the Mediterranean from above is magnificent. Here is where wealthy people have their villas, condos and yachts:

Luxury condos and marinas in Monaco

But Le Rocher is also the place of the historic city of Monaco. We wandered through the old narrow streets full of restaurants and small shops.

Narrow street in MonacoWindows in Monaco CityStreet and buildings in Monaco City

I hope you enjoyed the Monaco one day visit viewed through my camera. Click on the photos to see them in the original gallery along with many others that I couldn’t post on this one page article.

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