15.3.10

Monaco


(I’m still in Sweden. This is again a pre-programmed post.)

During the short stay in the south, we paid also some short visits to Monaco, close to Menton (see post from last Wenesday). I posted last year about some nice moments around the Casino. This time, we concentrated a first time – under lousy weather conditions - on the Oceanographic Museum, created by one of the present Prince Albert’s ancestors, Prince Albert I, in 1910 and headed by Jacques Cousteau for some 30 years. Especially the aquarium in the basement is impressive.
I show you also a picture of the Prince’s Palace and the grave of Princess Grace in the cathedral.
The following day we passed by again and Jilly brought us to the balcony of one of her friends, overlooking the port (see top picture)...
... and also the place from where the Formula One racing cars start and arrive – see the marks on the pavement. This is a place to stand and watch when the next race takes place, May 16.

20 comments:

Owen said...

Peter ! This won't do ! This clearly won't do at all ! You've obviously been having far too much fun !

Don't know if you know the film "Babette's Feast" or "Le Festin de Babette", but after these extravagances, I think you must be condemned to one week of only "bier-brot"...

So did Jilly take you on an excursion on her yacht also ???

Olivier said...

l'aquarium est magnifique, est ce que tu as ete joue au casino royal ?

SusuPetal said...

Monaco looks crowded!

Nathalie said...

Lousy weather conditions, yes we can gather that from your photos - what a pity. Good thing you were able to take refuge at the aquarium - your top aquarium photo is wonderful !

Of course I can imagine that Jilly's friend's balcony will be a much sought after location on May 16!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I rememeber Jilly doing a post about the Grandprix, think it was last year. Can you imagine what it is like for that week.. !

We paid a visit there in 2008 ..and my husband found it very odd. He works for Formula 1, and had never been there out of season :-) He said it was bizarre. Also when we were there.. the place where the pit stops are done was full of a fair!!!

Cezar and Léia said...

Brilliant pictures from this adorable place!
Thanks for bringing us sweet memories of our trip to Monaco in 2005.
I hope everything is okay in Sweden, we miss you!
Léia :)

Shammickite said...

Ah, Monaco! It's a world famous resort, I'd love to visit one day, even if the weather is bad! I remember from my childhood the TV and radio coverage of the fairytale wedding of Prince Ranier and the lovely Grace Kelly, and then the birth of their children.

Louis la Vache said...

In your images, you posted many of the reasons «Louis» would like to visit there!

Simony Silva said...

Pictures of aquariums are so hard to take because of the glare on the glass, but yours came out great!

BLOGitse said...

Bonjour!
You see - I've started studying French! :)
Greetings from Casablanca, Morocco!
Au revoir!

BLOGitse

Bob Alescio said...

It is quite possible that I will be there next year - if the stars are in the right alignment. Thanks for the preview.

V Rakesh said...

Wow! Brilliant pictures...... have heard so much about this little principality which is so wonderful!

Thanks for sharing!

Starman said...

Love tropical fish.

James said...

What a wondrful place.

David said...

I just discovered your blog though the comments and link on Jilly's Monte Carlo site, and I have now signed up to follow you site.

My wife and I spend a week in Monaco (actually, Cap d'Ail) on our honeymoon during the week of the Grand Prix Historique, which is the week before the real Grand Prix. It was wonderful.

Jilly said...

Your photos make me realise I must go to the Oceanographic Museum and do a series for Monte Carlo DP. I love your fishy shots. I'll wait tho, as you suggested, until the renovations of the museum are complete. I went years and years ago, before I even had a digital camera, let alone a blog. So enjoying your shots of your trip down here, dear Peter.

Trotter said...

Hi! In Monaco, it must be Pierre... ;)
It's amazing; It seems I've seen that fish already in 1982... ;)

Catherine said...

Qui me fera apprécier Monaco ? Si on me donnait (on peut rêver, non ? C'est encore dans mes moyens :-), un appartement à Monaco je le revendrais illico pour m'acheter une baraque à Menton !
L'aquarium ! Un beau refuge pour y retrouver le bleu de la mer quand tout est gris à l'extérieur. A la première éclaircie, fuir ! Il y a tellement mieux à faire, dans les parages.

Ruth said...

What a legendary place, so recognizable from the Bond movies, and Princess Grace too.

Peter said...

Yes, a lot to say about Monaco / Monte Carlo... . it's certainly worth visiting, but, as some of the commentators, I prefer some of the less exploited places down there! Thanks to all of you for commenting!