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Amazing Monaco offers great sightseeing!

No photos were allowed in the Prince's Palace so I'm using google images; the tour only included one small wing of the large building

No photos were allowed in the Prince's Palace so I'm using google images; the tour only included one small wing of the large building

The Princess Grace Rose Garden was created by Prince Rainier as a tribute to his wife; it opened in 1984

The Princess Grace Rose Garden was created by Prince Rainier as a tribute to his wife; it opened in 1984

Cinco de Mayo; the country's flag is almost identical to that of Indonesia with the only difference being that Indonesia's is a little wider

Cinco de Mayo; the country's flag is almost identical to that of Indonesia with the only difference being that Indonesia's is a little wider

Monaco has actually expanded its area by 20% trough land reclamation; more projects are currently underway that are designed to provide more housing

Monaco has actually expanded its area by 20% through land reclamation; more projects are currently underway that are designed to provide more housing

Built in 1191 as a Genoese fortress, the Prince's Palace is the official residence of the leader of Monaco

Built in 1191 as a Genoese fortress, the Prince's Palace is the official residence of the leader of Monaco

Oceanographic Museum; average water temperature peaks in August at 74 degrees; it's only 55 degrees in February

Oceanographic Museum; average water temperature peaks in August at 74 degrees; it's only 55 degrees in February

Monaco has a land border of 3.4 miles and a coastline of 2.38 miles; the width of the country varies from 1700m to 349m

Monaco has a land border of 3.4 miles and a coastline of 2.38 miles; the width of the country varies from 1700m to 349m

Even the statues are smoking; it seems the majority of people in the area smoke including most young people

Even the statues are smoking; it seems the majority of people in the area smoke including most young people

Princess Grace Rose Garden is home to 8000 rose bushes in 300 varieties; many of the bushes were not flourishing

Princess Grace Rose Garden is home to 8000 rose bushes in 300 varieties; many of the bushes were not flourishing

The back side of euro coins are standard but each issuing country can design its own front side

The back side of euro coins are standard but each issuing country can design its own front side

I don't think I'll be doing any villa shopping here; Monaco has virtually 0 unemployment and no poor people (poor being quite relative here)

I don't think I'll be doing any villa shopping here; Monaco has virtually 0 unemployment and no poor people (poor being quite relative here)

Blue Room at Prince's Palace; a huge draw is the changing of the guard which takes place every day at 11:55 am

Blue Room at Prince's Palace; a huge draw is the changing of the guard which takes place every day at 11:55 am

The Genoese noble family of Grimaldi established Monaco in 1297 after capturing the land from the Republic of Genoa

The Genoese noble family of Grimaldi established Monaco in 1297 after capturing the land from the Republic of Genoa

Interior grand staircase at Prince's Palace; you can't hail a taxi in Monaco, they can only pick-up from designated stops

Interior grand staircase at Prince's Palace; you can't hail a taxi in Monaco, they can only pick-up from designated stops

The Monte Carlo Opera House was built in 1878 and inaugurated by Sarah Bernhardt in 1879; the Opera was designed by Charles Garnier who also designed the Opera in Paris

The Monte Carlo Opera House was built in 1878 and inaugurated by Sarah Bernhardt in 1879; the Opera was designed by Charles Garnier who also designed the Opera in Paris

The Japanese Garden; I saw two McDonald's and one Starbucks here but they were about the only affordable dining options

The Japanese Garden; I saw two McDonald's and one Starbucks here but they were about the only affordable dining options

French citizens must still pay taxes to France even if they live full-time in Monaco unless they resided in the country before 1962 for at least 5 years

French citizens must still pay taxes to France even if they live full-time in Monaco unless they resided in the country before 1962 for at least 5 years

St. Charles Church, built from 1879 to 1883, honors St. Charles Borromeo who was the patron saint of spiritual leaders (and dieting too)

St. Charles Church, built from 1879 to 1883, honors St. Charles Borromeo who was the patron saint of spiritual leaders (and dieting too)

St. Charles Church; there is no bus station in Monaco although some international buses do stop here

St. Charles Church; there is no bus station in Monaco although some international buses do stop here

St. Charles Church; due to the steep terrain, there are 7 free public elevators around Monaco

St. Charles Church; due to the steep terrain, there are 7 free public elevators around Monaco

What a great setting for an outdoor lap pool!; Monte Carlo is not the capital of Monaco, but a government district

What a great setting for an outdoor lap pool!; Monte Carlo is not the capital of Monaco, but a government district

The Saint-Devote Church, from the 11th century, is dedicated to the local patron saint

The Saint-Devote Church, from the 11th century, is dedicated to the local patron saint

This driver is obviously getting ready for next year's Formula One race; there were tons of Smart cars and other small vehicles

This driver is obviously getting ready for next year's Formula One race; there were tons of Smart cars and other small vehicles

Monaco is significantly smaller than Central Park in NYC; this city is definitely not built in a grid nor is it flat

Monaco is significantly smaller than Central Park in NYC; this city is definitely not built in a grid nor is it flat

Not a license plate you see every day; I've never seen so many Rolls', Bentley's, Maseratis and Ferraris

Not a license plate you see every day; I've never seen so many Rolls', Bentley's, Maseratis and Ferraris

The most expensive property in the world, a penthouse in Monaco, was listed at more than $500 million

The most expensive property in the world, a penthouse in Monaco, was listed at more than $500 million

The Monaco Grand Prix is run on city streets on a seemingly impossible course on which to pass another car; they were still taking down stands and barricades from this year's race when I visited

The Monaco Grand Prix is run on city streets on a seemingly impossible course on which to pass another car; they were still taking down stands and barricades from this year's race when I visited

There's an annual half-Ironman race in Monaco that attracts more than 1000 athletes

There's an annual half-Ironman race in Monaco that attracts more than 1000 athletes

In the 1970s Prince Rainier III banned high-rise construction but his successor Prince Albert II overturned the order and construction is everywhere

In the 1970s Prince Rainier III banned high-rise construction but his successor Prince Albert II overturned the order and construction is everywhere

The ATP Monte-Carlo Masters tennis tournament is actually held in nearby Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

The ATP Monte-Carlo Masters tennis tournament is actually held in nearby Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

Saint Nicholas Cathedral, consecrated in 1875, is where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace are buried

Saint Nicholas Cathedral, consecrated in 1875, is where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace are buried

Saint Nicholas Cathedral; where the wedding of Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly took place in 1956 before a TV audience of 30 million

Saint Nicholas Cathedral; where the wedding of Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly took place in 1956 before a TV audience of 30 million

Saint Nicholas Cathedral; saw very few people of color in Monaco

Saint Nicholas Cathedral; saw very few people of color in Monaco

Saint Nicholas Cathedral; locals were wearing sweaters and jackets while I was sweating in a tank top and shorts

Saint Nicholas Cathedral; locals were wearing sweaters and jackets while I was sweating in a tank top and shorts

Saint Nicholas Cathedral; the train ticket from Nice to Monaco only costs about $4

Saint Nicholas Cathedral; the train ticket from Nice to Monaco only costs about $4

The Saint Nicolas altarpiece dates from 1500; the Episcopal throne is made of Carrera marble

The Saint Nicolas altarpiece dates from 1500; the Episcopal throne is made of Carrera marble

St. Martin Garden next to Oceanographic Museum; the Monaco Marathon is the only marathon to pass through 3 countries

St. Martin Garden next to Oceanographic Museum; the Monaco Marathon is the only marathon to pass through 3 countries

Monaco has the world's second highest nominal GDP per capita at USD$153,177 and the world's lowest poverty rate

Monaco has the world's second highest nominal GDP per capita at USD$153,177 and the world's lowest poverty rate

Photos of Princess Grace were displayed around the principality and we're numbered but I never saw a map of the route

Photos of Princess Grace were displayed around the principality and we're numbered but I never saw a map of the route

The post office is a big money maker in Monaco; despite Monaco's independence, it's national defense is the responsibility of France

The post office is a big money maker in Monaco; despite Monaco's independence, it's national defense is the responsibility of France

28% o the population of Monaco are French while only 22% ae actually natives of Monaco; 19% o the population are Italians

28% of the population of Monaco are French while only 22% are actually natives of Monaco; 19% of the population are Italians

Monaco is a member of the United Nations but not of the European Union; it does adhere to many EU laws and uses the euro

Monaco is a member of the United Nations but not of the European Union; it does adhere to many EU laws and uses the euro

Monaco has been represented in the Olympics but no one from Monaco has ever won a medal

Monaco has been represented in the Olympics but no one from Monaco has ever won a medal

Monaco has the world's most expensive real estate market at $58,300 per square meter (2012)

Monaco has the world's most expensive real estate market at $58,300 per square meter (2012)

Rose named after Princess Grace; Monaco has the highest life expectancy (89.5 years) in the world

Rose named after Princess Grace; Monaco has the highest life expectancy (89.5 years) in the world

The car collection of Prince Rainier III has almost 100 luxury cars and is one of the top rated sights in Monaco on TripAdvisor

The car collection of Prince Rainier III has almost 100 luxury cars and is one of the top rated sights in Monaco on TripAdvisor

Salon Mazarin in Prince's Palace; the tiny principality gets more than 1.5 million visitors per year

Salon Mazarin in Prince's Palace; the tiny principality gets more than 1.5 million visitors per year

The Monaco train station is underground so you see just a glimpse of the principality going in and out of the tunnel

The Monaco train station is underground so you see just a glimpse of the principality going in and out of the tunnel

Throne Room at Prince's Palace; home of the oldest monarchy in the world; current head is the second child of Princess Grace

Throne Room at Prince's Palace; home of the oldest monarchy in the world; current head is the second child of Princess Grace

You can see from this postcard why Monaco has been such a desired location; the Prince's Palace is on the left within the trees while the old town is on the right

You can see from this postcard why Monaco has been such a desired location; the Prince's Palace is on the left within the trees while the old town is on the right

Princess Grace Rose Garden; Italy lies only 8 kilometers to the east of Monaco

Princess Grace Rose Garden; Italy lies only 8 kilometers to the east of Monaco

Fragrant Cloud; Grace Kelly first met Prince Rainier III at a photoshoot in 1955 at the Cannes Film Festival

Fragrant Cloud; Grace Kelly first met Prince Rainier III at a photoshoot in 1955 at the Cannes Film Festival

The beautiful Oceanographic Museum building is in stark contrast to the architecture found in the rest of the old town

The beautiful Oceanographic Museum building is in stark contrast to the architecture found in the rest of the old town

Since the end of the 13th century, the Prince's Palace has been the stronghold of the Grimaldi family which leads Monaco

Since the end of the 13th century, the Prince's Palace has been the stronghold of the Grimaldi family which leads Monaco

Looking across the square from the Prince's Palace; the record high temperature here is only 94 degrees

Looking across the square from the Prince's Palace; the record high temperature here is only 94 degrees

Since 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix has been held annually; famous driver Nelson Piquet compared the course to riding a bicycle around your living room

Since 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix has been held annually; famous driver Nelson Piquet compared the course to riding a bicycle around your living room

Monaco's port was constructed between 1901 and 1926; the Yacht Club of Monaco has more than 1600 members from 60 countries

Monaco's port was constructed between 1901 and 1926; the Yacht Club of Monaco has more than 1600 members from 60 countries

The Japanese Garden, opened in 1994, was created at the request of Prince Rainier since Princess Grace had always dreamed of having such a garden

The Japanese Garden, opened in 1994, was created at the request of Prince Rainier since Princess Grace had always dreamed of having such a garden

A basic double room will run you well over $1000 per night at one of the principality's 5 star hotels

A basic double room will run you well over $1000 per night at one of the principality's 5 star hotels

The Opera de Monte Carlo was inaugurated in 1879 with a performance by Sarah Bernhardt; the ornate style is similar to the Garnier Opera in Paris but in a much more intimate setting, there are only 524 seats here

The Opera de Monte Carlo was inaugurated in 1879 with a performance by Sarah Bernhardt; the ornate style is similar to the Garnier Opera in Paris but in a much more intimate setting, there are only 524 seats here

Blue Room at Prince's Palace; it's great to see safe places, like Monaco, where small kids can walk the streets or play in parks without parents worrying

Blue Room at Prince's Palace; it's great to see safe places, like Monaco, where small kids can walk the streets or play in parks without parents worrying

An audio guide was included in the tour of Prince's Palace but the tour was disappointingly short; granted it is still a private residence too

An audio guide was included in the tour of Prince's Palace but the tour was disappointingly short; granted it is still a private residence too

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