A Bird’s Eye View Monaco
Food and travel for me is a synonym. As were driving from the South of England towards York, my husband and I were talking what would be the dream meal for that day. I said roast lamb and mash, and him liver and mash. Then I mentioned to him that the most memorable liver meal I ever had was in Monaco. To be exact, at the port of Monte Carlo in the restaurant called Quai des Artistes.
Its modern Parisian style brasserie in the most desirable spot bang on the Monaco harbour. And it’s far more than just a brasserie; the interior walls are given over to art exhibitions; the gorgeous terrace with its monumental sculptures and lush plants is practically in the water, and the entrance is designed like a Parisian subway.Be prepared to pay around 50 euro without the wine.
This place also serves a fantastic bouillabaisse, topped with puff pastry with cheese.
What I know about Monaco?
Monaco is a sovereign and independent state, the Principality of Monaco has borders on its landward side with several communes of the French Department of the Alpes-Maritimes; from west to east these are Cap d’Ail, la Turbie, Beausoleil and Roquebrune Cap Martin. Seawards, Monaco faces the Mediterranean Sea. Just over 2 klm width.
You can spend a day here and spend a lot of money if you wish.
Monaco is divided into 5 areas
Monaco-Ville on the Rock, the old fortified town, with the Prince’s Palace, the ramparts, the gardens, the Cathedral and the Oceanographic Museum.
The Condamine is the second oldest area in Monaco at the foot of a village or castle.
Monte-Carlo, created in 1866, named in honor of Prince Charles III, hosts an the famous Casino, luxury hotels and leisure facilities, some created recently: Larvotto beach, the Monte Carlo Sporting Club, the Boulingrins Gardens.
Fontvieille is the newest area of the Principality of Monaco and was created from land reclaimed from the sea. This man-made waterfront area features a harbour, stadium, heliport, as well as some shopping areas. (This is where I was based for 6 months in 2002)
Moneghetti, home to the Exotic Gardens on the western side.
Places to visit in Monaco
Condamine Market and Rue Princess Caroline Pedestrian Mall
The Market first opened its doors in 1880, the present-day covered market on the Place dâ€™Armes is modern with get cheap places to eat.
Nearby is the lively esplanade, the rue Princesse-Caroline pedestrian mall is just a few steps away; the visitor will discover pleasant landscaped areas. This is not far from the port where all mega yachts are harboured. Walk along the harbour and get the chance to see the yachts of the rich and the famous.
Monte Carlo Casino
Charles Garnier, the architect of the opera house in Paris, built the Casino in 1878.
The â€œatriumâ€, paved in marble, is surrounded by 28 Ionic columns in onyx. It leads into the auditorium of the opera, called the â€œSalle Garnierâ€, which is decorated in red and gold, with a profusion of bas-reliefs, frescoes and sculptures. The â€œgaming roomsâ€ comprise a succession of numerous rooms featuring stained glass windows, admirable decorations and sculptures, allegorical paintings and bronze lamps.
Great place to watch the moneyed people come and go, nearby is the famous CafÃ© de Paris.
Built in 1875 using white stone from La Turbie, the present-day Cathedral stands on the site of a 13th century church dedicated to Saint Nicolas and houses the tombs of the former Princes of Monaco. It is also the final resting place of Monaco’s much loved Princess Grace.
Monaco is easy to enjoy by foot, there are 5 regular bus routes that circulates or take the train azur, from the Old town at the Palace down to the port.
Other places to visit:
1)Oceanographic Museum & Aquarium
2) The gardens of the casino where sculptures are exhibited
3) Jardin Exotique
4) Le Metropole shopping centre
Eating depends on your budget. Monaco can be very expensive. Near the port are some small good brasseries Or go to Fontvieille at the supermarket.
Those who wish to take a culinary trip, Monaco is a great place to be, there is a myriad of choice in Monaco
The best seafood I have been to is
Le Saint Benoit with French Italian cuisine, at 10, terrasse avenue de la Costa
Try the fish cooked en papilotte. Pah pee yoht. The fish is baked inside a parchment paper. As soon it cooks the paper puffs up into a dome shape. At the table the paper is slit to reveal the food.
If you are just going to see Monaco, then have a coffee or a small bistro style food, at CafÃ© de Paris, worth the experience.
Photo taken outside Monaco proper near the Monaco tennis club, we were driving back from Italy and at this spot you can view the whole of Monaco, with the yachts cruising and a cruise ship anchored outside the port.