Mediterranean Sea – Monaco and Nice

At Villefranche we left our ship and boarded small tender boats which took us to the harbor where we joined our guide and boarded the bus.

Our Ship: Celebrity Equinox
Our Ship: Celebrity Equinox

Our guide, a charming woman from Nice, France, filled us in on the history of the area as we enjoyed the views along the Lower Corniche Road as it hugs the coastline.  A 20th century monarch of Monaco, Prince Charles, ordered a road built which would enable the rich tourists to travel easily between Nice, a seaside village, and Monte Carlo. His hope was to build his country’s tourist attractions, gambling in particular.

Monaco also hosts the Monaco Gran Prix, a road race that takes place on city streets. If you have ever watched the Gran Prix on television you can recognize the city streets as they curve around and the stores are very close to the road.

Monaco Gran Prix Takes Place on These Streets
Monaco Gran Prix Takes Place on These Streets

Our first stop in Monte Carlo was to view the changing of the guard at the Prince Palace. Photographing over a crowd of people was tricky. Holding the camera over my head was the only way that I caught some of the action.

Changing of the Guard at Prince Palace in Monaco
Changing of the Guard at Prince Palace in Monaco

Next, we toured the church where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace, the American film star, were wed. They are both buried in the church.

Monaco Cathedral Exterior
Monaco Cathedral Exterior: Site of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace Wedding

Inside the church we could see wonderful golden mosaics on the ceilings.

Monaco Cathedral Mosaic
Mosaic Mural inside the Monaco Cathedral

In Monte Carlo, we had some time to kill so we could grab some lunch from the vendors in town. Or we could souvenir shop.

Monaco is a country which has an area of 2.02 km2 (0.78 sq mi), and a population of 36,371. That makes Monaco the most densely populated country in the world. The following picture gives one a feel of how densely it is populated.

No Room To Build Anywhere But Up in the Monaco Hillside
No Room To Build Anywhere But Up in the Monaco Hillside
Yachts and Highrises
Yachts and Highrises in Monaco

Nice was our next stop and it wasn’t far away. We had a view of the beach as we drove into town.

View of Nice
View of the Beach in Nice, France

Our guide took us to the old part of Nice. Below is our group stopped at a Patisserie or Pastry Shop where we were given some background on the area. Our guide is hold the orange flag.

Our Group Gathers in Nice
Our Group Gathers in Nice

We were given a little bit of time to explore the old town and it just so happens there was a flea market going on.

Antique Market in Old Nice
Antique Market in Old Nice

Surrounding the market on all sides were beautiful old building that looked so characteristically French. Some buildings were imposing with classic architecture.

Elegant Building Facade in Old Nice
Elegant Building Facade in Old Nice

Others buildings were charming and inviting.

Charming Window Balcony in Nice
Charming Window Balcony in Nice

Here’s a view of the palm tree lined beach road.

Palm Trees Lining the Beach Side in Nice
Palm Trees Lining the Beach Side in Nice

It was warming up and there were quite a few people enjoying the sand and surf. In Nice, how do you say “Your city is very pretty?” “Votre village est tres jolie!”

Art Nouveau Poster in Nice
Art Nouveau Poster in Nice
City Square in Old Nice
City Square in Old Nice

Our next stop will be Florence. Tune in again.

9 Replies to “Mediterranean Sea – Monaco and Nice”

  1. Hi Phyllis,
    Had no ideas you and Bob had taken such a wonderful trip together! The pictures are splendid.
    LU,
    Karen

  2. I never got to Nice or Monaco in several visits to Europe, they both look very plush. I remember Mom being intrigued by Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. I wonder if she ever got to see that Cathedral. Wow, a country smaller than Naperville. Can’t wait to see Florence, it is very special.
    Bob

    1. Bob,
      I had never been to those two cities either and they were wonderful. The amount of time we had to spend was all too short. Whirlwind. The Gran Prix race of Monaco footage on TV does not convey the tininess of the country. Stay tuned for Florence! I’m so glad you are looking and enjoying. I love to share my pictures and stories. (Where do I get that I wonder?)
      Phyllis

  3. I would have liked to meet you in Nice. Too bad I was not there !
    I have been very impressed by your website ! Beautiful.
    The course I attended in Queyras while you were in Nice was great, I enjoyed it very much.
    Bien amicalement. Sylvie

    1. Sylvie,
      I enjoyed your city. We did not have very much time to explore and photograph, unfortunately. But I was happy to spend some time there. It would have been wonderful to see you.
      Your pictures taken at Queyras were absolutely spectacular! Your photography skills have always been good but now you are excellent! Is Queyras in France? You did a wonderful job on those pictures in facebook.

      Phyllis

  4. There is nothing quite like the European city square, with cafe tables and no cars. Beautiful!

    1. Louise,
      Thanks for commenting. I wish we had more city squares in this country. It makes a city so much more lively.
      Charlotte does OK, though. But there are plenty of cars.

      Phyllis

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