Chapitre 19: A Day of Soleil and a Yellow Submarine in Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Ah, the next stop on my Study Abroad aventures: Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

It’s no doubt that the petit principauté,

situé off the coast of the Méditerranée and France, is cher; however, it’s also quite beau and inviting…especially when there’s a free outdoor Beatles tribute expo at the time you’re there:

“We all live in a yellow submarine…”

“In an octopus’ garden…”

With its narrow, propre rues

and it’s Palais de Monaco,

Monte-Carlo is a fabulous ville for any touriste (P.S. there are quite a few free things to do, too)!

5 Raisons to Spend 1 Day in Monte-Carlo:

  • The changing of the guard. This free event happens at 11:55am. The guards are so well kept together that I couldn’t help but wonder if they were just a spectacle for the touristes ou if they’ve actually been préparées for combat (Monaco is quite peaceful, so…).
  • Le Jardin Exotique. With its sculptures…and plantes exotiques as well as its wildlife, this jardin lives up to its nom: Exotique! Not only does the jardin offre these exotiques sites, but it also offre a belle vue of the port and the coast of Monaco! Add the belle histoire that is told through its sculptures of sailors…and Andromeda, and voilà! You’ve got the parfait free “attraction”.
  • Musée Océanographique. Although this musée can cost anywhere from 11€-16€ for adultes (depending on low-mid-high saison), it’s a fantastic way to spend a few scorching hours out of the heat.
  • Le port. Monte-Carlo offre a vue magnifique of the Méditerranée!
  • Le Casino de Monte-Carlo. Whether you gamble or not, this casino is a must-see! Its Belle Époque architectural style and, not to mention, all of the films its appeared in give this casino a unique touche…Definitely worth a glass of wine pamplemousse (it’s not everyday you see grapefruit juice on the menu)! You’re sure to feel like royauté once you see the first fountain! 

Monte Carlo is a petite ville, which makes it great for a day (and/ou soirée) trip

– I suggest hitting up the fameuse ville during  your trip to Nice (the villes are only a 30-minutes car ride away from each-other). ♦


“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine.

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