Monte Carlo © Joseph Plotz
Monte-Carlo, unofficial capital of glamorous and
lavish Monaco, is the epitome of wealth and glamour. The capital is
a blend of towering high rise buildings and narrow windy roads,
boasting the legendary Monte-Carlo Casino, luxury hotels, elegant
nightclubs and restaurants, views of the sparkling Mediterranean
and of course, the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Established in 1866, Monte-Carlo was named in honour
of Prince Charles III and is the richest of the country's four
quarters. For years, Monte-Carlo has been the playground of the
rich and famous, from Hollywood starlets to royalty from all
corners of the globe. It is also one of Europe's foremost holiday
resorts, but certainly not for the humble backpacker. The city has
several attractions, such as the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium,
the Monaco Cathedral and the Prince's Palace, several gardens, and
other attractions centred on the country's famous Royal Family,
such as an exhibition of HSH Prince of Monaco's private collection
of classic cars.
There are many interesting diversions for the
adventurous, such as catamaran trips, watersports, yachting and the
Azur Express tourist train that links up the city's attractions,
accompanied by multi-lingual commentary. Worth exploring is the Old
Town, with its attractive City Hall, and of course when one is
bored of sightseeing, the best diversion (and the cheapest) is
merely to settle down with a fancy cocktail and people-watch in
this fascinating and glamorous part of the world.
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