On our way from Paris to Barcelona we decided to go via Nice in the south of France.  Right next door to Nice is Monaco.

To be honest, I didn’t even release Monaco was its own country.  I had always presumed it was part of France because it’s almost completely surrounded by France!

Monaco is known as a destination for the rich and famous.  The shopping you find here reflects just that with stores such as Gucci (and Gucci for Kids!), LV, Tiffany and all the other brands I wish I could afford!

As it was just a short 30 minute train ride from Nice we decided to go on a day trip to see where the famous grand pix track it and of course the Monte Carlo Casino!

Something interesting we learnt – If you are a citizen here it is illegal to gamble!  They have this stunning casino right on their doorstep and they are not allowed to even visit it!

Speaking of the casino – There have been 2 James Bond films filmed at the Monte Carlo Casino; Casino Royal, GoldenEye and Never Say Never Again. Unfortunately no filming was taking place when we were there!

If you are planning a visit any time soon there is one thing you should know.  Monaco doesn’t have its own airport so if you are not one of the billionaires that frequent the area by yacht or helicopter, you would fly to Nice and take the train.

Monaco sits on the stunning Mediterranean coastline but it isn’t just the water that makes this a picturesque country.  Beautiful hills in the distance, gorgeous cobblestone streets and spectacular Parisian style architecture are just a few reasons we loved Monaco.

Here is a look at this tiny but beautiful country….

 

Monaco Photo Essay - water feature in front of Monte Carlo Casino

Monaco – Water feature in front of Monte Carlo Casino

 

Monaco Photo Essay - Princes palace of Monaco

Beautiful views of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco

 

Monaco Photo Essay - City Views

Views of the bay and the million dollar yachts

 

Monaco Photo Essay - City Views

Some more bay views and more million dollar yachts

 

Monaco Photo Essay - Caves within the Exotic Gardens

Caves within the Exotic Gardens

 

Monaco Photo Essay - Monte Carlo Casino

The world famous Monte Carlo Casino

 

Monaco Photo Essay - Japanese gardens

Scenic views in the Japanese Gardens. Located in the middle of town.

 

Monaco Photo Essay - Beautiful Architecture

Just one of the many beautiful buildings within Monaco

 

Beautiful Architecture of Monaco

One of the churches found in Monaco

 

Caves within the Exotic Gardens

Caves within the Exotic Gardens

 

Have you been to Monaco? Or is it somewhere you would like to visit?

 

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