Ahh, Monaco. What an amazing place. The cars, the buildings, the yachts, just everything screams luxury and glamour. I spent two days exploring Monaco and to be quite honest, doing ALL the touristy things. Also, wishing I was rich enough to spent two days in the super pretty designer stores buying ALL THE HANDBAGS.
The first stop was visiting the Prince’s Palace, home to Monaco’s Royal Family. It overlooks the most amazing view over Monaco and the harbour. We didn’t actually go inside of the palace. The trip up there was worth it just for the incredible views. Just around the corner is the Saint Nicholas Cathedral which is where Grace Kelly got married and is laid to rest.
I was thoroughly impressed by the Oceanographic Aquarium and Museum. I’d read some really great reviews on different blogs and Trip Advisor (as you do) and made sure to visit. There was an extensive collection of fish, sharks and even some very lively sea turtles. Additionally, two floors of the museum offered artefacts and on the way out you have the opportunity to interact with some sharks. I’m not 100% how I felt about this as the sharks. They were pretty agitated when we were there, which isn’t an ideal situation. Oh! The Museum also had an incredible rooftop with panoramic views over Monaco and where you could get some pretty smashing pancakes.
As we mooched around the harbour trying to find a multimillionaire to invite us on board their absurdly large yachts we came across a water taxi which took us across the harbour to Monte Carlo. Unfortunately, the water taxi was the closest thing to sailing around on a mahoosive yacht. For €2 I wasn’t going to complain.
Monaco is home to some of the most amazing buildings I have ever seen, everything is so opulent and grand. The shopping there was pretty amazing with designer stores lining all the streets and even in the gardens at Monte Carlo Pavilions which reminded me of Epcot at Walt Disney World (I’ll be showing more of it in an outfit post next week). Monaco doesn’t take shortcuts, everything there is done to the finest standard and I loved that.
Casino Square is where the famous Monte Carlo Casino is and also Cafe de Paris and Hotel De Paris. After a quick beverage and some people watching whilst pretending to be someone important in Cafe de Paris, we made our way to the Monte Carlo Casino. To get in you are required to bring your passport and it also costs €10. There’s also no cameras allowed so I have no photo’s. I didn’t managed to get to the big boy tables but after a lot of messing about on the machines, I actually won a pretty decent amount. I don’t condone gambling on the regular but it felt good to win in the famous Monte Carlo Casino!
Later that week, Monaco was playing host to the Historic Grand Prix. Although, it wasn’t Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel whizzing round the streets, this race was a little different with motorcars from the 50s and 60s. As it was the first day, it was free to sit in the grandstands so we took our places in Casino Square. Although, I’m not the biggest formula 1 fan, it was a pretty exciting experience. I would advise not visiting Monaco when a race is on. The roads were so hard to navigate to avoid the track. We ended up walking around in circles before having to climb up a million steps to get back to the train station.
One Day when I’m rich and famous, I’d love to live in Monaco and just lounge on my yacht and splash the cash in the insanely beautiful shops. Alternatively, I might just come back on a day trip.