It’s the priciest little principality in Europe and it straddles the French Rivera. Yes, what Monte Carlo offers is a place for the extremely wealthy to sun, show-off and compare. Is there anything for the rest of us? I say Yes!
With a castle and a proper palace Monte Carlo is the stuff of dreams and happily ever after scenes in films. What I find most interesting though is simply taking in all the fancy cars, extreme yachts and people watching. I’ve spent time in major cities all over the world and for my money this is the best place for that kind of action. There is even a olympic size public pool where for something like five euros you can sun and swim with the elite. There’s an inexpensive bistro restaurant across from the famous Casino and with a little work you’ll find plenty of deals for whatever your dietary needs. If it’s a cool drink you’re after hop on over to the Hotel Paris and saddle up at Bar American where after 7pm you must wear a coat to enjoy the drink.
Although some find this layer cake of 60′s and 70′s architecture as nothing more than an over built concrete eyesore. Roger Ebert provides a colorful review of the principality Monte Carlo as “an overbuilt condo tax shelter with bargain-basement royalty”. While It’s true they don’t charge an inheritance tax, they have made strides to correct the less than pretty structures that litter the tiered landscape.
How to get here:
The nearby Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport is located 13.7 miles (22km) from Monaco in Nice, France.There are a number of restaurants, bars and shops, banks and foreign exchange in both terminals 1 & 2. If you’re conducting business and require facilities, in Terminal 1 they provide a post office and business centre with meeting rooms, fax, photocopier and Internet access.