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Situated on the northeast coast of Monaco, we sailed into Monte Carlo on a bright sunny day with the temperature a pleasant 20c. Founded in the mid 19th century Le Gran Casino, until recently served as Monte Carlos main source of income and along with L’Opera de Monte Carlo Salle Garnier, made the city world famous. The hay days of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier have passed and while it is still the playground of the very very rich, the Casino has more competition today and has lost some of its former glory. Monaco has long been under the control of the Grimaldi family who have been a major influence in the development of a Musical Composition Prize, a Philharmonic Orchestra in 1863 and a Little Singers of Monaco children’s choir in 1973. The country is only 2 square kilometers.

We walked up a steep hill from the ship to the area high above the city that has the Palais du Prince, Oceanographic Museum and aquarium, the Cathedral where Princess Grace and Rainier were married and are now interred and some lovely gardens with magnificent views out over the Mediterranean and the inner harbours. We had a lovely walk around that area visiting the various sights. The Aquarium was really good and it’s been a long time since we went to one. This area is on the opposite side of the harbour to the casino. We walked down from the Palace to an area of town with shops and restaurants. It was well past beer time by then so we stopped and had a great baguette and beer followed by a short walk around the shops.

A lovely place to stop again (we were here last year) and do some different things. Once again a lovely day in the sunshine

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