Monte Carlo, Monaco

Huge Yacht Passing Grand Casino Monte Carlo Monaco
Huge Yacht Passing by Grand Casino
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
Beautiful Yacht Harbor Apartments Monte Carlo Monaco
Beautiful Yacht Harbor and Apartments
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
Wayne Dunlap Outside Grand Casino Monte Carlo Monaco
Wayne Outside Grand Casino 
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
Pat Dunlap Princess Grace's Rose Garden grace
Pat in Princess Grace's 
Rose Garden
Changing of the Guard Monte Carlo Monaco
Changing of the Guard - Monte Carlo, Monaco
Grand Casino Monte Carlo Monaco
Grand Casino - Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monte Carlo Monaco
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco (5/19/2009)

What a wonderful beautiful city!

Founded by the Grimaldi family (our home street’s name) in the 12th century, Monte Carlo lives up to all its current fame - one striking flowered and landscaped street after another, apartment buildings with gardens on top, and huge yachts crowding every harbor.

When we visited, Monte Carlo was setting up for the famous Grand Prix auto race scheduled to race a few days later. 

We visited Princess Grace’s rose gardens (wonderful), toured the palace, witnessed the changing of the guard, and had a wonderful French lunch on a quaint narrow side street before hiking up to the famed Grand Casino (see photos). 

The Monte Carlo Grand Casino is wonderful and pays for Monte Carlo (no taxes) but the Las Vegas casinos in the U.S. do not have to bow their heads.  

Travel tip: If you want to try your luck in the Grand Casino in Monte Carlo, you will need your passport to enter and the fees for entry range depending on what room you are going to. You can visit Monte Carlo’s casino without gambling for a nominal fee. The dress code inside is extremely strict - men are required to wear coats and ties. Casual shoes are forbidden.

Some information about Monaco... With a population of only 30,000 in less than a square mile, Monaco is a very wealthy and independent country with close ties to France. Princess Grace (former actress Grace Kelly) brought enormous attention to Monaco with her marriage to the Prince. 

Monaco is the second smallest independent state in the world (after the Vatican) and is almost entirely urban. With no natural resources to exploit other than its location and climate, Monaco has become a resort for tourists and a tax haven for businesses. Monaco is the world's most densely populated independent country.

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