Alone in Monaco and Loving It!

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For just €3.40 you can take the train from Nice to Monaco. It's only about 25 minutes and you pass some lovely beach towns along the way.  The kids weren't interested in another "adventure with mommy" and truth be told, I was super happy to have a day to myself to wander, meander, dilly dally and window shop.  

Here are a few facts you may not know about Monaco...
*It is officially a principality bordered by France on 3 sides
*Ruled by a Monarchy in power since the 13th century
*France supplies power, cell service and military strength to Monaco
*Less than 1sq mile, Monaco is the second smallest country and most densely populated city in the world.  
*Most well known for its Casino, Grace Kelly and the Grand Prix

Upon arrival I walked directly to the castle mount which offers a great view of the Mediterranean Sea. The city is small enough to be walkable, but there are busses that run the length of the city.
The church below is where Princess Grace and her husband Prince Rainier III are buried.

This is the view out from the bench I sat down on to enjoy my lunch--it's so nice to be alone sometimes!  I even brought a book to read, it was great.
No photo tour of Monaco would be complete without at least one mention of the Grand Prix.  Having stood on the street that acts as the race track I now have a better appreciation for the skill it takes to maneuver the tight corners.

If only I would have brought my bathing suit I could have hob-nobbed with the rich and famous.  Oh wait, they are out on their private yachts.


  1. The second last picture, of the casino, is really nice as you got a reflection on the metal piece! Did you see anyone famous you recognised?

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  3. When I studied in Montpellier, we took the train to Monaco, as well. Such a lovely city!

    Iowa Voice

  4. I have only seen Monaco from the plane window! It was still gorgeous!