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  • Day7


    May 15 in Monaco

    Heute waren wir im zweit kleinsten Land der Welt - in Monaco. Wir sind mit unserem Bus bis ins Zentrum (Monaco-Ville) gefahren, denn hier gibt es eine Tiefgarage extra für Wohnmobile. Danach ging es zu Fuß durch die Stadt. Wir haben uns den Palast, die Kathedrale und die Formeleinsstrecke angeschaut. Mittagessen gab es dann bei McDonald's. Eine beeindruckende Stadt mit vielen reichen Leuten, teuren Autos und großen Yachten. Jetzt sind wir an einem Campingplatz hinter Nizza.Read more

  • Day16


    October 17, 2017 in Monaco

    Nun, wie soll man Monaco beschreiben: Klein, voll(er Touristen) und laut. Ach ja und eine einzige Baustelle 🙄 Nach einer 30-minütigen Tour mit einer kleinen Bimmelbahn - vorbei an den wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten und natürlich entlang der Rennstrecke - machten wir einen kleinen Spaziergang rund um den Hafen durch ein paar kleine Seitenstraßen zurück zum ozeanographischen Museum, welches wir uns unbedingt noch anschauen wollten.

    Unser Fazit zu Monaco: "Kann man machen, muss man aber nicht.“

    Schön fanden wir eigentlich nur den Felsvorsprung mit dem Museum, der Kathedrale und dem Palast. Und vielleicht die teuren Autos, welche wir in dieser Anzahl vorher noch nicht gesehen hatten. Aber keines war so cool wie unser Bob 😎
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  • Day407

    Day 408: Monaco

    March 29 in Monaco

    Up and out quite early, heading eastwards along the coast towards Monaco. It's actually quite close to Nice, only about 30 kilometres, but it's a fairly slow road. Wanted to stop in a cute little village about halfway along but couldn't find parking!

    Drove across into Monaco and struggled again to find somewhere to park! There are several parking lots underground, but the specific one we were looking for was really difficult to find, and in the end we just parked in a different one, underneath the Old Town.

    It's an interesting little place, Monaco, since there are separate districts within the town and they're all quite different. We started underneath the Old Town where the streets are quite narrow and small, though obviously the buildings aren't actually that old. Had a look at the royal palace and watched the changing of the guard ceremony (much smaller than the one at Buckingham Palace!), and had a look at the cathedral too. Found out later that this is where Princess Grace is buried.

    Walked down the hill from the old town to the main harbour, where we wandered a bit and had a look at the main straight of the grand prix track. Was mildly amused to see a Volkswagen dealership almost directly opposite the start-finish line! Choked a bit on seeing restaurant prices in the area, so ended up with supermarket sandwiches for lunch instead!

    Walked around the foreshore through the grand prix tunnel and eventually up to the Casino, where lots of tourists were hanging around but not much was happening. You can poke your head in for a look at the foyer without paying several hundred euros, so we did that one at a time since dogs aren't permitted inside!

    Wandered a little more in this area before deciding it was time to head back to the car. Struggled again to navigate our way out of the city since our phones weren't working (underground + no network since it's a different country!), but we managed and took the coastal road back to Nice.

    Rather than head straight back to our apartment, we headed for the centre of town instead. There's a huge long promenade and beachfront which was quite nice, and by now it was lovely and sunny so we rather enjoyed it and spent a bit of time just sitting around enjoying the warmth.

    Later in the evening we met up with a blogger friend of Shandos's who lives here in Nice. Had a couple of drinks and some dinner with her which was fun. She also showed us around a bit of the old town as well - there's a beautiful large garden area set back from the waterfront that's also very lovely!

    Finally headed home around 9pm, very late for us!
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  • Day293


    November 19, 2016 in Monaco

    Monaco was always a place for the rich and beautiful. My imagination was fueled by film scenes from James Bond, the myth of Grace Kelly and the King's House, as well as Formula One.

    On the spot, the picture was also quite similar to my idea. We reached the city on a Saturday at noon. Much of the shops had already closed. Expensive cars pushed through the streets towards downtown. Countless yachts anchored close together in Hercule harbor. The autumn sun attracted residents and visitors to the cafes on the quayside. It was as if we were moving in the backdrop of a film. If there were other tourists, they could camouflage themselves well. We, on the other hand, reached the city in a camping bus, where we lived for two weeks, strolling through the city in outdoor clothing. A break in the picture.

    The old town of Monaco-Ville with its small narrow streets and views over the ports of Hercules and Fontivieille is worth seeing. It is situated on a plateau called Rocher. The fortress of the Grimaldis, the Saint Nicholas cathedral, and the Oceanography Museum, once led by the famous marine explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, are located here. The actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer III, as well as the present royal family Prince Albert II and the sportswoman Charlene Wittstock, once married in this cathedral.

    We moved in another world. Even the everyday seemed strange. In the Starbucks, I met young people who displayed expensive labels and are named Avantgarde, Naomi, Diamond or Chiara. With my name I feel like an exot. Alina and I talked about our ideas about how we could best use the bad weather situation. We discussed possibilities and created plans. Looking at the faces of the teenagers, I wondered what kind of life they dream off? What plans do they have? How would they use their fully privileged situation (assuming they are from a wealthy parental home)?

    Involuntarily, I must think of the four men we had seen on the highway. At first I thought they were construction workers, but then it turned out they were on the road from Italy to France. They were dark-skinned and with small luggage on the road. "Refugees," I said abruptly to Alina. We were surprised and worried. The subject of refugee movements in Europe and also Asia has always accompanied me on my travels. And how is the Europe-wide issue of refugees and asylum seekers treated in Monaco? Monaco is not part of the EU and connected through special contracts with it. Few refugees are currently being admitted. Just around the 33 refugees living in 2014 in the small principality with about 40,000 inhabitants (current data are difficult to research). A sad figure, considering the prosperity in this state. But statistics alone do not show the entire picture.
    It is more complicated than that. I am curious how this topic will be handled within the EU in the future.


    Monaco war für mich immer ein Ort der Reichen und Schönen. Meine Vorstellung war gefüttert durch Filmszenen aus James Bond, dem Mythos von Grace Kelly und dem Königshaus, sowie der Formel Eins.

    Vor Ort fügte sich das Bild auch relativ gut in meine Vorstellung. Wir erreichten die Stadt an einem Samstag zur Mittagszeit. Ein Großteil der Geschäfte hatte bereits geschlossen. Teure Autos schoben sich durch die Strassen Richtung Innenstadt. Unzählige Yachten ankerten dicht nebeneinander im Hafen Hercule. Die Herbstsonne lockte Anwohner und Besucher in die Cafés am Kai. Es war, als bewegten wir uns in der Kulisse eines Films. Wenn hier noch andere Urlauber waren, konnten sie sich gut tarnen. Wir dagegen erreichten die Stadt in einem Campingsbus, in dem wir seid zwei Wochen lebten und flanierten in Outdoorbekleidung durch die Stadt. Ein Bruch im Bild.

    Archtiktonisch sehenswert ist die Altstadt Monaco-Ville auf dem Felsenplateau namens Rocher mit seinen kleinen engen Gassen und Aussichtspunkten über die Häfen Hercules und Fontivieille. Ursprünglich eine Befestigung beherbergt der Stadtteil den Fürstenpalast der Grimaldis, die Saint Nicholas Kathedrale, als auch das Ozeanographie-Museum, das einst vom berühmten Meeresforscher Jacques-Yves Cousteau geleitet wurde. In der Kathedrale heirateten einst die Schauspielerin Grace Kelly und Prinz Rainer III als auch das jetzige Königspaar Prinz Albert II und die Sportlerin Charlene Wittstock.

    Wir bewegten uns in einer anderen Welt. Selbst das Alltägliche wirkte befremdlich. Im Starbucks begegneten mir junge Menschen, die teure Labels zur Schau trugen und Namen wie Avantgarde, Naomi, Diamond oder Chiara besaßen. Mit meinem Namen fühlt ich mich wie ein Exot. Alina und ich sprachen über unsere Ideen, wie wir die Schlechtwetterlage am besten nutzen könnten. Wir erörterten Möglichkeiten und schufen Pläne. Beim Blick in die Gesichter der Jugendlichen fragte ich mich, was sie für Träume und Pläne im Leben haben? Wie würden sie ihre durchaus priviligierte Situation nutzen (unter der Annahme, sie stammen aus einem wohlhabenden Elternhaus)?

    Unwillkürlich muss ich an die vier Männer denken, die wir auf der Autobahn gesehen hatten. Erst dachte ich, es wären Bauarbeiter, doch dann stellte sich heraus, sie liefen auf dem Standstreifen von Italien nach Frankreich. Sie waren dunkelhäutig und mit kleinem Gepäck unterwegs. ,,Flüchtlinge”, sagte ich unvermittelt zu Alina. Wir waren überrascht und besorgt. Das Thema der Flüchtlingsbewegungen in Europa und auch Asien hat mich auf meinen Reisen stets begleitet. Und wie wird das europaweite Thema der Flüchtlinge und Asylbewerber in Monaco behandelt? Monaco ist nicht Teil der EU und nur durch besondere Verträge mit dieser verbunden. Nur wenige Flüchtlinge werden derzeit aufgenommen. Gerade mal um die 33 Flüchtlinge leben 2014 in dem kleinen Fürstentum mit circa 40.000 Bewohnern (aktuelle Daten sind schwer zu recherchieren). Eine traurige Zahl, wenn man bedenkt, wie groß der Wohlstand in diesem Staat ist. Aber Statistiken allein zeigen nicht das gesamte Bild. Wie immer ist es viel komplizierter. Ich bin gespannt, wie dieses Thema zukünftig in Europa gehandhabt wird.
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  • Day28

    Day 27

    June 25, 2017 in Monaco

    Travelled from Milan to Nice today again with no border controls from Italy and France. To get there we drove along the French Riviera driving through Monaco which is the most densely populated country and with of course with the richest casino. We got in quite late so had dinner and a walk down to the beach so excited for tomorrow when I can go swimming wohooo!!

  • Day18

    Monte Carlo, Monaco

    August 20, 2017 in Monaco

    We met our guide for a private full day tour. Our itinerary included all the key sites in both Monaco and Nice: Driving on the Formula 1 track and Corniches, Casino Monte-Carlo, visiting the Palais du Prince, the Villa de Rothschild and the medieval, mountaintop village of Eze. In Nice we walked the Vieux Nice (old square and market). We saw a long line at a food stand and thought that it must be special. It was Socca, the local pan bagnat which was very good.Read more

  • Day13

    Day 13 & 14: Monaco the end of money

    October 21, 2017 in Monaco

    An important lesson I learned somewhere allong this trip :p, give the lady the last words ;-). Here they are :D.
    Our last 1,5 days of our holiday we spent in Monaco. As we drove off from Balestrino ... When we arrived in the hotel we were a bit too early to check in. But we didn't care, as we now had time to figure out our schedule. We decided that we would take a walk first, then use the hotel facilities like the sauna and the pool to relax a bit. In our room we drank a glass or 2 limoncello which we brought from Italy :D. After that we dressed up to have a lovely diner and to end the last night of our holiday we went to the casino. A little insecure if we were allowed into it, because there was a dresscode. Once inside it was looking marvellous. Unfortunately the minimum raise was well over our budget and because we didn't fully understand what they were saying in French we decided not to join the game. Nevertheless we enjoyed just looking at how much money some people spend in a few minutes. After a while we called it a night and walked out of the casino, where we off course had to take some pictures of the unaffordable cars parked there.
    The next morning Daniël went for an early run around the Formule 1 circuit before I woke up. When he came back we had to check out and did walk one last time around the city. This time to the palace up the hill. After this lovely walk we ended at a terrace in the harbour to have a nice cold drink and some crepes before we headed for home. The whole trip was incredible (especially the sunny days) and Monaco (with the relax sunny hours on the terrace) was a very good end off the holiday :D.
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  • Day41

    Day 41 - Monaco

    May 26, 2016 in Monaco

    Well it's not everday you get to party on a yacht in Monaco harbour when the Formula One cars are in town! First off must say a huge thank you to Smithy Jnr and Snr for the invite. Amazing day and evening guys.

    From arriving into the harbour and yacht via speedboat, to chilling out watching the F1 practice session from the top deck, to the amazing food, to the live band on the back of the boat, to the endless flow of drink, to having F1 driver Felipe Nasr and the Sauber guys on board, to the sun being out all day and to the great company it really was an incredible day.Read more

  • Day42

    Day 42 - Monaco

    May 27, 2016 in Monaco

    After yesterday's incredible party on the yacht today was a much calmer affair with the day spent in Monaco watching the GP2 (surprisingly a lot louder than F1) race and the Porshe Supercup. With some great seats in the stands we managed to get up very close to the cars and pits and after the racing was finished got the chance to walk the track before they opened the roads again to the public.

    Headed back to Nice this evening and with yesterday catching up on me it's an early night to recharge for the weekend.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Principality of Monaco, Monaco, Mɔnako, ሞናኮ, موناكو, ܡܘܢܟܘ, Mónaco, Monako, Манака, Монако, মোনাকো, མོ་ན་ཀོ།, Mònaco, Monako nutome, Μονακό, موناکو, Monaakoo, Monacô, Monacó, મોનાકો, מונקו, मोनाको, Մոնակո, Mónakó, モナコ, მონაკო, ម៉ូណាកូ, ಮೊನಾಕೊ, 모나코, مۆناکۆ, Monoecus, Principâ de Monego, ໂມນາໂກ, Monakas, Monaku, Mônakô, മൊണോക്കൊ, मोनॅको, မိုနကို, Monakho, Monegue, ମୋନାକୋ, Munaku, Monaköo, මොනාකෝව, Moonako, மொனாகோ, మొనాకో, โมนาโก, Manako, مناکو, Prinzsipato de Mònaco, Mô-na-cô, Monakän, Orílẹ́ède Monako, 摩纳哥, i-Monaco

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