5 Must do things in Monaco

Wow, the little place that packs a punch……

Recently I had the pleasure of going to the south of France to celebrate a friends birthday. The south of France cote dAzur is fast becoming my favourite go-to destination for close to home travel, with a flight time of just 2 hours from the London.

Monaco Map at www.mywonderfulworld.co.uk

On my whirlwind trip, I visited Monaco. Monaco is next door to Nice, France and is a short train ride from Nice Ville or 7 minutes via helicopter from Nice airport.

Monaco, a tiny independent city-state on France’s Mediterranean coastline and is known for is its supercars, upscale casinos, yacht-lined harbour and the F1 Grand Prix race. With 38,000 residents, it is the second smallest country in the world (after the Vatican) and the most densely populated. It is a tax haven and Forbes.com states that just over 30% of residents are millionaires. Monaco is one of the safest countries in the world with a police officer for every 60 people. There are lots of things to do in Monaco for it visitors and getting around the city is easy on foot, but it is hilly, so wear flat comfortable footwear.

Prince Albert II is the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco and head of the princely house of Grimaldi. He is the son of Prince Rainier III and the American actress Grace Kelly.

Here is my list of 5 must do things when you come and visit.

Monaco Map of the city at www.mywonderfulworld.co.uk

1) Visit Le Palais des Princes de Monaco.

The Prince’s Palace of Monaco is the official residence of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco. Built in 1191. Based in Monaco City (French: Monaco –Ville) is a ward of Monaco and Nicknamed the rock.

A must do, is to watch changing of the guards at 11.55am each day, arrive at 11.45am to get the best viewpoint.

 

You can also visit the State Apartments at the Palace (from April – Mid October each year). You can also visit the Private Collection of Antique cars.

ADMISSION COST

Prince’s palace: State Apartments*
Adults: 8 euros, Children (6-16 years old): 4 euros.
Double ticket: State Apartments + Private Collection of Antique cars
Adults: 11.50 euros, children (6-16 years old) 5 euros.

*The State Apartments are not accessible to those in wheelchairs. Access only by stairs.

Also located nearby,  in walking distance Saint Nicholas Cathedral, The Oceanographic Museum, The courthouse and other government buildings.

 

2) Take the mini train around the city

Monaco Tours Train at www.mywonderfulworld.co.uk
Mini Train

Also based in Monaco –Ville and starting opposite the Oceanographic Museum, the mini train is great, with tickets costing just €10 each for adults and €5 for children. The tour is available in 12 languages and leaves numerous times throughout the day.

The 40-minute tour takes you around the principality.  It is great to do before or after the changing of the guard.  It allows to you see most of the city and you can then work out where else you would like to go and see.

Monaco Tours at www.mywonderfulworld.co.uk
In the carriage
Monaco Tours map at www.mywonderfulworld.co.uk
Map of the tour

 

3) The frame

The Frame, Monaco at www.mywonderfulworld.co.uk

You will pass the frame if you take the mini train.

The frame is great for photo opportunities and is located also located in Monaco-Ville. If you walk back down into the city follow the road down the hill from the train stop and the Oceanographic Museum for a few minutes and stop to take photos in the frame with part of the famous Port de Monaco in the background.

 

4) Monte Carlo Casino

The Monte Carlo Casino is world famous, it is also one of the greatest places to spot supercars. Inside the casino and view the beautiful marble and chandeliers. The Casino was built in 1893 by Charles Garnier, the architect of the Paris Opera House. Its marble paved “atrium”, surrounded by 28 Ionic columns made of onyx. If you’re feeling lucky why not have a little gamble too.

Restricted access – over 18’s only and proof of identity may be required.

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5) The F1 Grand Prix Circuit 

The Grand Prix track if like me you love F1 you will love the city of Monte Carlo as you are practically walking around the track. I was lucky enough to visit Monaco at the beginning of April and the city is also already preparing for this year’s Grand Prix with hoardings and seating going up in preparation. It takes weeks to prepare for the Grand Prix, the Monaco Grand Prix is the last weekend in May.

 

Other things to do in Monaco;

  • Saint Nicholas Cathedral (Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco are buried there)
  • The Oceanographic Museum
  • Sainte- Dévote Church
  • Watch a football match at the Monaco stadium.
  • Charter yacht
  • Take a boat trip, in summer months you can also take a trip to Monaco via boat Nice.
  • Cafe de Paris
  • Go shopping

 

*All photos are by myself or friends unless stated.

My 2017 Review

We all start the year off with great intentions and as the year comes to an end we look back on all that we have or haven’t achieved….

Well I have completed much of what I had set out to do, and some things are still a work in progress. So here is how I did!

Overall grade: C+

5 Achievable New Years Resolutions

This year I wanted to have some plans that could be achieved, here were my 5 resolutions!

1) This year I really wanted to push out the boundaries and go to places I’ve never been before my first trip will be to Mauritius a beautiful island in the Indian Ocean. I have also planned a 3 day stop over in the Dubai in the Middle East (making in my trip two holidays in one).

Results: So I loved Mauritius and would definitely like to go back and see more of Island. The people are friendly the weather is great and there is so much to do that I definitely want to go back. 3 Days in Dubai was the shortest amount of time I have spent there is was great to see a few friends but if I’m honest I will we had another day there, time went to quickly.

My second trip that I hadn’t planned by the new year was somewhere in Europe I had never been.

Results: Marseille, France. It was booked last-minute [The week before]. The weather was wonderful it was a little more expensive than I thought it would be but the exchange rate has really hurt the pound this year. I would go back but there is so much more of the south of France I would still like to see.

My third trip to Iceland.

Results: It didn’t happen 😦 but I have it planned for 2018 🙂

Grade: B+

2) My second resolution was to try new things like scuba-diving, indoor skydiving, zip lining and a water submersible / mini submarine.

Results: It didn’t happen, I had to get permission to scuba dive from my doctor, so that has slowed things down.  Now I have got the go ahead so I will definitely be planning this for 2018 and the indoor skydiving is planned for February.

Grade: Failed

3) My third resolution is to be healthy this is something that always try to do but fail at miserably. This year I aimed to eat better and keep fit consistently and stay as well if possible. This will be my hardest challenge but I thought it was achievable.

Results: I started personal training once a week at the beginning of the year.  I have definitely not achieved my goals, but I am fitter than I was and it is still a work in progress. My eating has been inconsistent, I eat better but I also fall of and eat junk too.

Grade: C

4) My fourth resolution is to be happy, doesn’t everybody wanna be happy? Not sure how this one will go but I plan to start and finish every day happy.

Results: I’m happy 🙂 but there are days when I am not.

Grade: B-

5) My fifth resolution for the year is to eat beautiful food and try new cuisines that I’ve never had before.

Results: I have tried Mauritian food and Grenadian food, not that adventurous, I must try harder.

Grade: C

Overall Grade

2017 grade C+

Travelling in Europe

We have just spent the last week in Marseille, France and what I noticed is that while the police presence wasn’t that high like it is in central London we often heard and saw police cars with sirens on throughout the day. However what was noticeable was the army patrols with SA18 assault rifles at the train station, Norte Dame de la Guard and in the main square.

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We were based at Marseille’s Vieux Port the main port in Marseille with over 1,000 boats moored and any one time. This is a central point with thousands of tourists. The roads and squares are lined with metal bollards which in some places have been reinforced with concrete ones.

 

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We commented at the beginning of our week that the bollards are probably there to stop the drivers crashing in to people as almost every car had dents and scratches and drivers did not adhear to “normal” driving policy, go through red lights, parking in the bus lane with hazards on, I could go on….. but we knew the bollards were probably in place following last years attack in Nice.

On the whole we felt safe because of the bollards and the high army presence, it’s just sad that it has to be this way.

So my advice is just keep your wits about you and stay as safe as you can. But don’t let it stop you from booking a holiday in Europe.

5 Must Do Things in Ibiza

Ibiza is one of the Balearics Islands, in the Mediterranean Sea. The Spanish Island is well-known for its lively nightlife in resorts Playa d’en Bossa and San Antonio. It’s also home to quiet villages, yoga retreats and beaches. One of the most expensive party Islands make sure you bring lots of money.

Here are 5 must do tips to have an amazing time in Ibiza

1) Watch the sunset at Cafe Mambo

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Café Mambo is a popular bar located in Sant Antoni, Ibiza. It is most famous for being the official pre party point for Pacha, and hosting some of the most famous DJs in the world. People go there to watch the beautiful sun set from the beach.  http://cafemamboibiza.com/

2) Spend the day at Ocean Beach Club

Spend the day at Ocean Beach Club. I had a great day people watching, the drink, food and music are great and when you get too hot you can take a quick dip in the water to cool down. I got the best tan they day I went to Ocean Beach Club, so don’t forget the sunscreen.  (Tip: Wear your best swimsuit). Ocean Beach Club has lots of events on so book you tickets before you go. https://www.oceanbeachibiza.com/

3) Have dinner in at La Torreta.

La Torreta is situated in the beautiful old town and is a must try. It’s ambience and atmosphere is great, the staff are attentive and the French-Mediterranean food is delicious. If you don’t believe me check trip advisor. You should pre-book as many people are turned away.

Placa de la Vila 10, Ibiza Town, Ibiza, Spain. +34 971 30 04 11

 

 4) Go to Pasha Nightclub

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Pacha is a world-renowned nightclub franchise with headquarters in Ibiza, Spain. The Ibiza club, is located in Ibiza Town.  Pacha is best known for specialising in house music but has the night club has five different rooms and a shop so you can buy the famous merchandise. Tip Buy you tickets before you travel.

http://www.pacha.com/

 

5) Go to Fortamentera

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Not technically Ibiza, Formentera is the smallest of Spain’s Balearic Islands. It’s reachable by ferry from Ibiza for about €20.  It makes for a popular day-trip destination and it known for its clear waters and long stretches of beach backed by dunes and pine trees. It is also great for snorkeling and sailing, with equipment rentals and boat charters available. Find out more about a trip to Formentera here.

Have you been to Ibiza? What were your favorite things?

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