Monaco one day visit

Monaco was on my bucket list for a long time, but I have to admit that 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! :)… It was almost like a fiction… 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.

I made this one as a digital painting:

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 Carlo

Fortunately 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 Monaco

Part 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 residential area and marinas in Monaco

This is the view from the bottom of the hill:
Monaco from the water level

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.

[ezcol_1half]Windows in Monaco City[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Street and buildings in Monaco City[/ezcol_1half_end]

  • I digitally worked on some:

[ezcol_1half]Narrow street in Monaco - Dogotal painting[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Narrow street Monaco[/ezcol_1half_end]

This is one of the many restaurants with tables outside on the pedestrians streets downtown:
Restaurant on a pedestrian street in Monaco

And here are two digital paintings of the residential area and marinas. I uploaded them to my Fine Art America Monaco gallery. They are available as art prints for wall and home decor:

[ezcol_1half]Monaco Art Print featuring the photograph Monaco, Monte Carlo Residential Area by Tatiana Travelways[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Monaco Art Print featuring the photograph Monaco, Monte Carlo Residential Area #2 by Tatiana Travelways[/ezcol_1half_end]

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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6 Comments on “Monaco one day visit”

  1. We can’t wait to get on with our plans to move to France. Looking forward to exploring all that Europe has to offer, Monaco looks like the perfect place to start

    • Oh, high Rebeca, Monaco is an expensive place due to its popularity for the casino, formula 1 race, the royal palace with all its history… and in addition it on the water 🙂 In France something inland would be less expensive or in the beautiful rural area of Provence…

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