Posted by: sunshack | August 13, 2015

Monaco

While staying in Nice, I caught the train for a day to visit Monaco, and of course Monte-Carlo. Armed with a map, I soon put it away and navigated by looking, since Monaco is pretty compact. A map makes the state look spread out, where I found it was more up and down.

P1010270 Monaco has a network of public lifts and pedestrian tunnels serving the various levels of the state. Some are well hidden, and quite smart.

Pedestrian Subway, Nice

Pedestrian Subway, Monaco

I made my way to the Monte-Carlo district to see the Casino, have a Coffee at the Cafe du Paris and enjoy the spectacular Infinity Mirror outside the Casino.

Infinity Mirror, Monte-Carlo

Infinity Mirror, Monte-Carlo

Monaco has an Oceanographic Centre, and outside is an early Mini-sub. It’s the Anorep 1 and dates from 1966. The people who descended into the depths in this, must have been extremely brave.

2 man sub Anorep 1 built 1966

2 man sub Anorep 1 built 1966

As it’s quite a small place, pretty well everything seems scaled down, except the prices. The Police ride around on these.

The Police ride these

The Police ride these

I watched the Changing of The Guard at the Palace. A flag was flying, someone was home! No room for being overweight Palace Guards in those trousers.

Changing of The Guard

Changing of The Guard

The harbour was full of very large yachts, lots of English being spoken. I headed into the side streets and saw some lovely decorative murals on old buildings.

Pretty, traditional building murals in Monaco

Pretty, traditional building murals in Monaco

Well worth a half day visit, spend the day if you want to visit the Oceanographic Centre as well. I was left feeling as if I was in Toytown. Avoid Sunday, if you want to do any shopping!

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