Hello and welcome to the second part of my trip to Monaco. If you missed the first part you can catch up with it by clicking here. Ready to continue? Let’s go!
During this time we stayed in the Novotel Monte Carlo. This hotel is set on a height and offers some gorgeous views of the harbour, and some of the best prices for accommodation in the area.
At one stage during the trip we found a bottle of champagne chilling on ice in our room. We decided it must have been a birthday present for Mr C, and didn’t ask any questions! Thank You very much Novotel!
We spent so much of the first day walking all over the state, that on the second day we decided a slower pace was necessary. I heard a little rumour that if you have the nerve you can simply walk past the doorman at the Hôtel de Paris and rub the lucky horse knee in the foyer. This will supposedly bring you luck should you then decide to venture into the world famous casino beside it! So off we set!
The Casino itself is the reason that Monaco was able to declare itself a tax free state. The whole area around the casino is just like a big playground for the rich. Business men, and ladies, showing off their Bentley’s and Aston Martin’s. There is nowhere else quite like the Café de Paris for sitting having a drink and people watching. You are not allowed to take pictures inside the casino itself, but the building really is impressive inside. It costs €10 for entry, but you can get past the doormen and have a good nosey at the foyer without paying this. You really only need to pay for entry if you want to try your luck at roulette or the slot machines. (And p.s. I didn’t find the lucky horse knee that lucky after all!)
Some other highlights from my trip to Monaco…
And when the time had come, that we had leave Monaco, how better to do so than by helicopter transfer back to Nice Airport. Thanks Heli Air… that was fun!
I’m not sure if I’ll ever make it back to Monaco, but I’m sure not going to forget it in a hurry!