The Monaco Grand Prix took place this weekend. What a great excuse to share a few of my favorite photos from Monaco — the tiny little wealthy kingdom on the Mediterranean between France and Italy. When I first visited Monte Carlo, Monaco in 1991, I was impressed by the cleanliness and beauty of the city built on the cliffside. As background, Monaco is a tax haven for the very wealthy who establish residency in one of the glitzy high-rise condominiums, and it is also the playground for the wealthy who enjoy fancy cars, car racing and gambling. For my family, Monaco was a beautiful travel destination and a perfect spot on the riviera to launch a Mediterranean cruise. Today’s photos were taken in 2006 and 2008, when I returned to Monaco for subsequent family cruises.
Here is the principal harbor in Monte Carlo. Our hotel sat on the left side of the harbor as you see it in the photo, and our Silversea Cruise ship is seen on the right. The photo is taken from the high ledge beside the Royal Palace.
On the opposite side of the plaza in front of the Palace, you can overlook another harbor lined with yachts beneath some of the condominiums of the rich and famous.
Another nice walk and impressive piece of architecture is the Casino in Monte Carlo. In all three visits, we did not go in. (There is a fee for entry, and we are not gamblers.) The park that is terraced in front of the Casino makes a ideal location for photography.
When you visit, I recommend stopping at Cafe de Paris on the left of the Casino for a cocktail or dinner. I savored the time I spent there, watching the people. After I finished my glass of white wine, I shot this photo.