I decided to treat Mr C to a surprise trip to Monte Carlo, Monaco to celebrate his birthday. I do love to travel and explore new places, and so does Mr C, even if we don’t get many opportunities to do so. When I found out that Easyjet fly from Belfast International, to Nice, and Monte Carlo is only a 40 minute bus journey from there, I was determined to save up enough pennies to treat us. A trip to Monte Carlo, Monaco the smallest, yet most luxurious country in the world, was absolutely going to be a break from our normal lifestyle!
I managed to keep the trip to Monte Carlo a secret right up until an hour before we left for the airport. Mr C was understandably delighted and we headed off for our flight. On arrival in France we caught the local 110 Nice to Menton bus to Monaco. It was about 10pm when we arrived at our hotel to be told that they had overbooked, but had arranged alternative accommodation for us at The Fairmount Hotel. A taxi was provided for the 5 minute transfer.
I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
Monte Carlo is a small area within the principality of Monaco, but really, the whole state of Monaco is accessible by foot. I’m pretty sure we covered it all in the first day. So much so, by the afternoon we decided to avail of the local bus network and bought ourselves passes for our trip. In all honesty, the bus passes were probably the best money we spent on the trip. A two day pass cost around €8.50 each. Of course this was after we had climbed The Rock to the courtyard of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. The views from the top were amazing, and we enjoyed exploring the independent tourist shops of the old town.
With our newly acquired bus passes, we then decided to travel back across Monaco to Larvotto beach, and admire the view from there.
After a hard day sightseeing we had dinner outside on the terrace at the Café de Paris. Very nice it was too!
In total, Mr C and I took somewhere in the region of 1000 photo’s so I’m struggling to decide which ones to share with you! However, this is the end of A Trip to Monte Carlo, Monaco Part 1. If you want to read part 2 just click here.