Monaco (/mɒnəkoʊ/), officially the Principality of Monaco (French: Principauté de Monaco; Monégasque: Principatu de Múnegu; Italian: Principatodi Monaco; Occitan: Principat de Mónegue; sometimes spelled Monako), is a country located in south western Europe, on the northern central coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
Monaco is surrounded on three sides by France, and its centre is about 16 km from Italy. Its area is 1.98 km2 (0.76 sq mi). The official figure for the Monegasque population was 35,881 in December 2010, an increase of 0.66% – 235 individuals – over the same month of the previous year. The figure includes Monegasques and residents.
Monaco is a principality governed under a form of constitutional monarchy, with Prince Albert II as head of state. The Genoese built a fortress on the site of present day Monaco in 1215. The current ruling Grimaldi family first seized temporary control in 1297, and again in 1331, but were not able to permanently secure their holding until 1419. The state’s sovereignty was officially recognized by the Franco-Monegasque Treaty of 1861.
The principality’s mild climate, splendid scenery, and gambling facilities have made Monaco world famous as a tourist and recreation center and going to Monaco is like sneaking off into paradise.
Wake up everyday while you are there to see the Maritime Alps and get the greatest feeling of being alive that you can imagine. If you are looking to do some traveling, make sure to go to the Principality of Monaco for a trip you will never forget.
The history of the Principality of Monaco will bleed into you as you are there because the past in this town is so vibrant and well protected that everyone who stays there will be blown away by the colors of Monaco’s history.
Since 1297, when Grimaldi seized the fortress of Monaco, the town has grown in it’s history and culture. The Grimaldi family celebrated 700 years of rule in 1997. A trip to Monaco will take you back in time as well as letting you relax and enjoy one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Through many years of royalty, Monaco has kept its traditions and a lot of the old ways of life as well. If you don’t know much about the history of Monaco, you won’t have to do a whole lot to learn while you are there because it is right there in front you all the time. The buildings, the people and the landscapes speak of many years ago.
The Principality of Monaco
Knowing when the best time too visit Monaco is a hard decision because there is so much that you will want to get into all year long. The religious and civil holiday traditions are some of the greatest reasons you should visit Monaco.
These times of the year bring together the people of Monaco for the times that mean the most to them. The meanings being these holidays are special and joining in on them would please not only the Monegasques, but you and your family will get to walk away with a sense of kinship with the people of this effulgent and magical land.
For an enlightening experience that will leave you wanting more, go to Monaco during February or March when you can get in on the carnival procession. There are dances, good food and everyone is in great spirits. The traditions that are included in this procession are curiously unique and will be a great learning experience for the whole family.
The Princes Palace
The Princes Palace is probably the most beautiful structure in Monaco and is still today as it was years ago. Although the palace was turned in to military hospital and all the paintings auctioned off during the French revolution, the palace is restored and looks still today as it did all those years ago, thanks to the efforts of Prince Honore II. He reassembled the art collection and got everything back to its original state.
Today, from June to October, the Palace is open to visitors. There they can see the royal courtyard paved with 3,000,000 white and colored pebbles formed into beautiful geometrical patterns. On exhibit are the 16th-century Genovese frescoes depicting scenes from mythological. The columns and the spectacular double-revolution staircase inspired by a staircase at Fontainebleau are done in Carrara marble.
Prince's Palace of Monaco
The palace is still home to the current ruling prince. Of all the palaces in the world, this one is most exquisite in its furnishings and very unique in its construction.
One example of its uniqueness is the Mirror Gallery that makes the room look longer and larger than what it really is.
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Monaco Events & Announcements
TODAY - MONACO LIFE BUSINESS LEADERS LUNCH: Marika Taishoff, MBA Professor at the International University of Monaco, will be the guest speaker at the next Monaco Life Business Leaders Lunch, to be held at the Pacific Restaurant, ave des Spelugues, on Wednesday March 12 from 12:30. The topic is the changing business of luxury and the title: Luxury Goes Against the Rules. The cost, including a three-course lunch, a welcome cocktail and drinks is 75 euros. To book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TODAY - PRINCESS GRACE IRISH LIBRARY: Tuesday, March 12, 19:30, a talk by Professor Paul Monod, "When the Celtic Tiger Lived in France 1689-1789." Reservations needed: email@example.com. 10 euros payable at the door.
BAM Happy Hours are on Thursday, March 13 at the Monaco Yacht Club and Thursday March 27 at the Bar du Quai, Quai des Artistes. These are between 18.30 and 20:00 - this is a good way to meet up with some members of the Committee and members.
MONACO-IRELAND ARTS SOCIETY: MIAS will celebrate its 20th birthday with a Retrospective at the College Charles III, ave. de L'Annonciade, on Friday, March 14 at 20:30. Actors will read from the works of an array of Irish literary talent, including Meditation Upon a Broomstick by Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde's The Ballad of Reading Gaol, amongst many others.
CREATE THE SPARK: The next Create the Spark! course will take place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March at the Columbus Hotel in Monaco. “Generating Confidence: the Power of Self-Esteem” will be held in English, from 9 am to 7 pm (including lunch) and will be led by Louise Smith and Grisel Damgaard. For details call Grisel on + 33 6 12 70 34 61 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For testimonials and course information visit www.createthespark.com.
Monaco Ireland... Presents Irish Senator John Crown Visiting Monaco for St. Patrick’s Day, March 19th: You Don’t Have to be Irish to Celebrate St. Patrick…as everyone is Irish around St. Patrick’s Day! Monaco-Ireland celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with guest Senator John Crown, from Ireland. Guinness on tap. Wear something green. Tombola. The Star Deck upstairs at Stars'n’Bars. Happy hour prices 18:00 – 20:00. No entrance fee. Wednesday, March 19th. 18:00 – 21:00. Please RSVP Tracy Rohan for attendance email@example.com. Visit www.monacoireland.com for more details.
BAM jazz evening, Thursday, March 20. Jilly Jackson, will be performing, just for BAM, a jazz evening at 'La Trinquette' in Villefranche. Jilly's charm, elegance and exceptional crystalline voice is already known to many BAM members - her rich repertoire includes an exciting mixture of great jazz standards along with contemporary British and French hits. She will be accompanied by two remarkable musicians who make up The Jilly Jackson Trio: Marc Peillon on double-bass, and Beatrice Alunni who can really make her keyboard sing and swing! The restaurant 'La Trinquette', an 'institution' on the Darse in Villefranche, is renown for its musical evenings. It has a welcoming, cosy atmosphere on the sea front and is an ideal venue for a relaxed jazz evening. The concert will be accompanied by a delicious home-cooked meal 'a la francaise' with wine and soft drinks. Don't miss out on this wonderful musical evening! Places are limited so bookings in by March 13. €45 for members and €55 for for non-members. Booking forms can be found on www.bam-monaco.org
BAM (British Association of Monaco) Friday March 21- Friday Friendship Club meetings held at St Paul's Church Library, between 15:00 - 17:00. This is an excellent way to meet up with friends over afternoon tea and home made cakes. There is an ongoing jigsaw to mull over, an ever-changing supply of books (lots of new titles),and an ever-increasing DVD library. Also home-made jams, marmalades and chutneys are for sale.
CONTINUES - Andy Warhol at Ribolzi Gallery: The exhibition of art and artifacts of Andy Warhol The American Dream continues at the Adriano Ribolzi Gallery, next to the Hotel Hermitage, until the end of February.
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FOR SALE: Fletcher 19 Sportscruiser with 115 hp Mercury outboard. Year 2000, one owner and regularly serviced from new. Dry berthed near Cannes and berth available. Perfect for summer at € 9,500. Tel. 06 78 63 73 56.
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FOR RENT: 3 Bed / 3 Bathroom beautiful modern townhouse in the centre of St Jean Cap Ferrat's fishing village. Approx floor space 90m2 over 3 floors. Patio 16m2. On street parking. Air-con/heating throughout. Priced at €3000 PCM +33 6 01 43 55 89
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I passed a sign at a farmer’s market in the UK recently that said: “Buy local or bye local.” As a farm-bred girl, I endorse the philosophy of buying local. Indeed, I hanker back to the halcyon days of my youth when my family lived a self-sufficient utopia with an organic vegetable garden, a chicken coop, bee hives, and fields where a local farmer grazed his sheep and paid us annual rent in half a lamb for our freezer. My sisters and I spent our days hunting for blackberries, and canoeing and swimming in the muddy river at the bottom of our garden. At least that’s how I remember it, but the rose-tinted spectacles of nostalgia probably make it sound a lot more Swallows and Amazons than it was...
A bemused reader in Beaulieu-sur-mer speculates about the air traffic controllers' strike and President Hollande and his runabout.
Dear Sir, More travel misery – that’s why Trierweiler was flying back home from India yesterday; the whole trip was planned round the air traffic controllers' strike programme.
The only answer for these disruptive strikers is to delocalize the whole French ATC sector to Bangalore. The Aiguilleurs du ciel never see a plane anyway, just their computer screens, so no problem putting the images offshore. As has been done with the military radar on Mont Agel – all the screens are manned in Lyon so only a few maintainers are left in BA943 above Monaco, a good nuclear target, but don’t tell the buyers flocking to settle in the tax haven just below, in the fall-out zone.
As for the Elysée, nobody has asked who the owner is of that Paris apt, home to Valerie. She says it is “in his name”; but his Declaration de Patrimoine (www.huffingtonpost.fr/.../declaration-patrimoine-francois-hollande-117-)...makes no mention of it – only the Mougins house and two small apts in Cannes. Nor of any liquid capital to buy a large Paris apt. So he keeps below the threshold for the ISF. There's work for investigative journalists.
My main gripe about the President is he rides a foreign scooter – an Italian Piaggio, whereas I have just done my best to save France by buying not only a new Peugeot scooter, but also a ditto car (Peugeot 107). Why does he not buy French, like me? Earlier civilizations were run by specially treated men, called Castrati, who were also in demand as singers. Not too late to apply this in the Elysée – though some high-profile ladies might not appreciate it.
Peter, Beaulieu-sur-mer (name and address supplied)
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MONACO MEDIA: The media world has been stunned this week by news that the founder of Amazon - the online shop - has bought the iconic Washington Post newspaper at what seems to be a knockdown price. The $250 million Jeff Bezos paid is just a little over one percent of his personal wealth of $23 billion, making a very small dent indeed in his bank account. Never mind that since its founding Amazon has lost money more than it has made, making Bezos a virtual billionaire in charge of a virtual empire. Perhaps he bought the Post because he yearned for something real.
To decry the sale of the Post is not just to indulge in unworldly sentimentality. Its disposal marks another milestone on the way to the cemetery for printed newspapers as we have known them for the centuries since the Times of London first appeared in 1785 as the Daily Universal Register, changing its name three years later. In the ever-evolving world of media, print is in its death throes.
If it's almost all over for ink except the burials, and the standouts are disappearing fast, should we be surprised? No. Disappointed, sorry? Yes. The great newspapers of the past, including the Post, the New York Times, the Times, the UK's Daily Telegraph, are empty imitations of their former selves thanks to cost-cutting. The greatest loss as these titles decline and disappear is the quality of the journalism that called them home..
FREE ORANGES: Monaco's park services have harvested 18 tonnes of citrus fruits as a result of the annual trimming of fruit trees along streets including rue Grimaldi and blvd de Belgique. Subject to them still having fruit available, interested parties can email email@example.com.
BIG RUN ON SUNDAY: The coast road between Monaco and Vintimiglia should be avoided next Sunday, as the Riviera Classic Marathon sets out for Monte-Carlo at 09:45 with the first runners due to arrive at about 11:00. Three other events on the same day make up the fourth Monaco Run (info:www.monacorun.org)
After two weeks of having the two young treasures at home I am relieved they go back to school today. The entire idea of a two-week holiday starting in freezing February is alien to me, since we don't ski. My older boy asked me why not, since his schoolmates were cavorting on the slopes, unless sunbathing in Dubai. "Because we can't afford the petrol, never mind anything else!"...
Treorchy Male Voice Choir the stars of St Davids Day
Adriano Ribolzi is extending his Andy Warhol expo until the end of April
Nick Danziger was the special guest at a British Association of Monaco event at BOMO
Marika Taishoff, MBA Professor at the International University of Monaco, talks about luxury
Martina Brodie interviews top wildlife artist and Monaco resident Spencer Hodge
Sir Jackie Stewart and Roman Polanski at 'Weekend of a Champion' press conference
Father Walter Raymond tells us what's on at St Paul's Church this Christmas
Kory Tarpenning on opening the first Starbucks in Monaco
Dena Lyons and Art Factory Monaco
Anita Di Sotto talks about Whisky Weekend
Martine Ackerman talks about Child CARE Monaco
Martina Brodie interviews artist Laure Fissore
Martina Brodie interviews Peace and Sport champions
Ian Brodie interviews President of National Council
Ian Brodie interviews author of Mayhem in Monte Carlo
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
6/6 for effort
I can hardly put into words how welcome some sunny weather will be. Every school day we trudge to the train station and from Nice Riquier to the school with our nine year-old genius. When it's raining, as it has been, we have to take a change of clothes, although I have greatly benefited by the recent purchase of sailing boots for the teenager. I have to wear three pairs of socks to stop them sliding off.
Monaco, so I am told, turned down the offer of an alternative private school, so it migrated west. Perhaps the Principality was too keen on its position at the top of the exam league tables to want anything more adventurous than a standard French school with its strict and orthodox adherence to 'the system.' We are very happy with Nice. The school, that is.
George is doing very well. He knows all about the pyramids and the solar system, although I have to admit to a nagging nervousness over his numeracy. Last week he showed me his sums. 0/6. Bearing in mind the need for constant praise and encouragement, I wished him better luck next time, as if he were a gambler at the Monte-Carlo Casino. "Ah, but Dad," he said, "I did much better than Michel. He got 0/0."
"Merde!" I said. "No Dad, not merde, merrde." His French is brilliant.
The Jeff Daniels column is published in the interests of editorial diversity, and views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the publishers.
I feel a pang of sympathy for Francois Hollande, recently caught out chasing and catching up with a delightful young actress for bilateral talks at her place. I believe the beleaguered President needs time out from his tiring and surely frustrating search for new taxes to impose on his befuddled countrymen. The Eco-tax may have been a good idea on paper, the fact that it threatened to plunge one of the country's major market gardening areas into terminal decline saw Bretons rise up in revolution and that was the end of that.
But surely one of the least sane of Hollande's madcap fiscal schemes was/is the plan to tax the owners of agricultural plots of land in urban areas. As justification for this the President and his team have said the Infill tax will help stop 'profiteering,' presumably when beleaguered urban market gardeners sell off their plots because growing carrots doesn't pay their living costs never mind the tax bill. What with all this mental arithmetic as he tries to find more ways to meet the costs of retirement at 60, plus the physical exertions of his horizontal conversations, Hollande must be fagged out. Which reminds me. From today, the cost of a packet of cigarettes in France rises to seven euros.
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My editor asked me to show my face at the World Policy Conference, which continued into Saturday, and then I saw the application form for accreditation and gave up. I don't have 30 minutes to spare to fill in forms. The fact that the Foreign Minister of Iran and the head of Mossad and other people who think they're important were in town had almost nothing to do with Monaco itself. Later I heard that one US diplomat was refused entry to a particular forum because there 'wasn't room,' so what hope would there be for a humble journalist?
On Sunday went to church to see my two sons and 28 others perform the Nativity Play. As usual, the voices of the little ones didn't carry too far, but since our eldest has reached puberty his "Oh, to go to Bethlehem is so exciting" was absolutely clear. A pity he rolled his eyes to heaven, like the ironic teenager he is, on the word 'exciting.' Meanwhile, a baby on the front row started crying, rather loudly, and I couldn't hear very much. I turned to my wife.
"Why don't they take out that noisy baby," I asked.
"That's Jesus," she said.
"Oh My God!"
Meanwhile, I have been reliably informed by an anonymous correspondent that Father Christmas has gone missing from the large sleigh at the foot of the stairs from St Charles Church down to blvd. des Moulins. I shall investigate. No accreditation needed.
Christmas tips from Ruth Tongue
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What on earth is the French President doing in Monaco? Well, there are a few things to see, such as the Oceanographic and Monaco's Scientific Centre. And a few bits of paper to sign. Lunch at the Palace should be good, and will not disappoint the Socialist President's champagne tastes. Otherwise, not much will be going on and the visit will be marked by an inconvenience to road traffic. That will be its high point, since it seems that the President won't be meeting any of the remaining 8,000 French residents - whose families have lived here for generations - to discuss the fact that they have to meet the high cost of living in Monaco while paying French taxes, an arrangement inherited from the treaty with France into which Prince Rainier was famously coerced in 1963.
If I were a Frenchman, or woman, I would wonder what my President was doing in Monaco. Perhaps he has come to open a bank account. Switzerland is certainly less attractive than it was for French savers. Or perhaps I would conclude that Mr Hollande fancied a day away from the office and a very unattractive in-tray.
Jeff Daniels reviews
Mayhem in Monte Carlo
Long-term Monaco resident and former ad-man Mike Ferrier's second book in a trilogy, Mayhem in Monte Carlo, is at first sight a mixed bag of intelligent insight and mundane stereotyping. And as many new writers do, Mike has cut out the middleman. The book can be ordered on Amazon, to be read on a tablet or consumed in book form, a modern form of buying novels that appeals to some more than others...