Monte Carlo

Overlooking Monte Carlo
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When you think of Monte Carlo, Monaco, you think of romance and adventure. You envision images and scenes you can only see in romance novels. There is no wonder why so many tourists are enamored to visit the dream called Monte Carlo, Monaco. The city has celebrated more than 700 years of the Grimaldi Family Dynasty.

Monaco is actually the world’s second smallest country, the first place owned by the Vatican. This pint sized country is a sovereign state and spoke the traditional Monegasque and French dialect. Monte Carlo, Monaco is known worldwide for its famed Monte Carlo Casino, the Grand Prix and Formula One cars, and of course, the prestigious royal family, the Grimaldis.

Here are some tourist sights and attractions worth visiting:

Cathedrale de Monaco – many visitors flock to the Romanesque-Byzantine Cathedral to catch a glimpse of the graves of the fairytale couple Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace Kelly.

Digue de l’Avant Port – Unwind and take a stroll around the port and head on to the Digue de l’Avant Port. It is a 28 meter wide floating dike and weighing at 163,000 tons.

Monaco Formula One Grand Prix – Want an adrenaline fix? Head on to the Grand Prix—you’ll love the smell of gasoline and burned tires.

Parc Fontvieille – if you want a pleasant walk around the park, visit the lush gardens of Park Fontvieielle. It is more than pleasant—in fact that word is an understatement. With more than 4,000 rose bushes, an enchanting lake filled with swans, and magnificent sculptures, it feels like something out of a fairy tale.

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