Ever since seeing that Selena Gomez movie last summer we just had to make a side-trip to explore Monaco. We wanted to see this iconic locale for ourselves, as well as answer the question of what is the difference between Monaco and Monte Carlo?
Once we figured out the local train system we were on our way. It took about an hour to go from Cannes to Monte Carlo, a lovely ride that had us hugging the shoreline of the Riviera the whole way.
Upon arrival we made our way to the Royal Palace, where we took in a bird's-eye view of the area as well as some local history.
|Heather on the climb up to the castle|
|A statue of Francesco Grimaldi, a sneaky dude who dressed up as a monk to sneak into and capture the castle from the Germans in 1297|
|The view from the top - notice the boats?|
|The palace entrance|
Once we were finished at the top we moved over to see the other famous landmarks of Monte Carlo.
|Le Casino de Monte-Carlo, featured in the Bond movie "Goldeneye"|
|Le Hotel de Paris, featured in "Monte Carlo" starring Selena Gomez|
|La Plage - which was built by the Prince to give his subjects a place to enjoy the sea|