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Monday, April 18, 2016

Helloooooo Monaco

Hello, dear friends.  I hope you all had a good weekend.  Ours was filled with sunshine and cool breezes.  The Mister and I did some shopping, devoured some spectacular Greek food, and even squeezed in some gardening.  

Today, I am linking up with my friend, Shelley from Calypso in the Country.  She is throwing a party and all we have to bring is our favorite vacation place.  That was tough for me because it was a tie between Monaco and Nice.  I chose Monaco, but if you are interested in reading my post on a day at a flea market in Nice, you can find it here.

After spending the morning in beautiful Nice, we hopped onto our mega bus to head to the one spot I was really looking forward to - Monaco.  I have always been fascinated by Princess Grace and her life as an actress and a princess.  

Monaco is a principality governed under a form of constitutional monarchy with Prince Albert, head of state.  The House of Grimaldi has ruled the monarchy with brief interruptions since 1297.  The official language is French, which was fortunate for me because I took four years of French One.

Enough with the history lesson... on with the beauty.

I took the next pictures from the bus.  The road was narrow with lots of twists and turns.  It was on this stretch that Princess Grace lost her life.

Elton John owns a home on this road. 

You can see our home away from home in the distance. 

Our guide told us that strip of land holds a gorgeous pool.

This is the Oceanographic Museum which was founded by Prince Albert the First.

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is where Princess Grace and Prince Ranier III got married in 1956.

The Prince and Princess were also buried here.

Monaco is full of memories of the life of Princess Grace.  

The Mister on menu alert.  He always likes to go to restaurants that match his shorts.

We enjoyed a fabulous lunch at this restaurant on the patio.

Our table was next to the church.  We need all the grace (no pun intended) that we can get.

The one thing I was disappointed in was the shopping in Monaco -  one souvenir shop after another.  Guess the Grimaldi girls don't do much shopping here.

This is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco.  The Grimaldi family have lived here since the 13th Century.  
And I thought my house was old...

I wonder if the Grimaldi kids took their time-outs in that tower.

I didn't want to tell the Mister, but this guy kept giving me the eye.

Good bye beautiful Monaco!

Until next time...

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  1. What a beautiful post - and a beautiful place! Wow - those views! I have always wanted to go there...and now I really want to go! Thank you for sharing your trip and thank you for linking up to my party!

  2. Great post! I would Love to visit there!! I think that High Society was the last movie Princess Grace made before she married Prince Ranier and in it she wore her actual engagement ring. I'll have to check out this party!

  3. Fun post! Yep, the entire area is a fabulous vacation spot. I enjoyed Monoco, but Cannes and Antibes were favorites for me. Yes, the Monday market in Nice is the best. Thanks for taking us along! Your photos have me ready for another vacation to the Cote d'Azur. I'm off to check out the other posts in the party.

  4. The first time I went to Monaco was when I was a little girl, not too , too many years after Princes Grace had married the Prince. I was enchanted with the whole idea of marrying a prince. I remember being so disappointed that the pink palace was not at all my idea of pink.

  5. Wow!! Beautiful! Looks like so much fun!

  6. Wow...what a view! It looks like an amazing place and definitely on my bucket list! Happy Monday ~

  7. Absolutely beautiful! Is this a recent trip? If not, what time of the year did you go? How was the weather? How did you overcome the language barrier (or, did many of the people speak English)? Thanks!

  8. Thank you for sharing this excursion to a land that many readers may never have a chance to visit. The views are beautiful. Too bad about the souvenirs shops (never enjoy those, would rather have something authentic). When did you go? -Jenn

  9. Fun and such pretty pictures...next best thing to being there. Love your view..a special place indeed (minus the cheesy souvenir shops :) Enjoy your day.

  10. Your beautiful photos of Monaco are exquisite! Which cruise line/ship did you cruise the Mediterranean?

  11. What a fun idea for a post party! I've never been there so extra fun to see the photos. I think the wedding of Princess Grace (as I recall) was on TV and I watched it. Maybe I'm mixing it up with newsreels but oh, how lovely! And "To Catch a Thief" filmed so nearby! What a gorgeous spot of the world.

  12. Ok so did you know that this post is written 60 years plus just one day to the day that Grace married her prince? As you love all things Grace do check out theroyalpost.com They've been running splendid pieces on Grace lately.
    As for your post - I'm still grinning over your observation that The Mister likes to go to restaurants that match his shorts.

  13. How perfectly posh! I'd love to go to Monaco someday. I can see why you loved it so!

  14. What a shot in the arm on this beautiful day! Wish I were there right now!

  15. I spent my 18th birthday there in the CASINO.........with a gorgeous BOY from LOS ANGELES.

  16. See all the sailboats anchored out in your first 2 pics? Out close to ya'll's ship? That would be the Cap'n and me!!! For 9 yrs we sailed thru many many waters, staying out for months at a time, and we would anchor in coves just like that one. Ride the dinghy into shore and do all the sightseeing and beach sitting we could muster!! Sigh.....such good times we had that made beautiful memories!!
    Your pics are lovely. Did you stay in Monaco for more than one day?

  17. Looks amazing and just as I had pictured it to be! One day.......

  18. You know I can't resist a travel link party!!! I love your pics of Monaco...such a gorgeous place! Enjoy the rest of your week, my dear! xoxo

  19. We visited all the same attractions as you did in 2013 on a similar cruise; it's truly fabulous such a lovely change of scenery from North America. Tuscany & Portugal are now on my list of places to see. Your photos brought back some lovely memories, thank you.

    Barb (Canada)

  20. Gorgeous...what a wonderful trip.

  21. Beautiful, romantic Monaco. I've not yet been but have always wanted to visit the land of Grace. Someday...


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