Travel Diary | Mediterranean Cruise | Monaco

30th June 2015

San Remo, Italy

After our day at sea, on the Thursday we docked just outside of San Remo in Italy. As we couldn’t dock in the port, we had to take a tender (small boats, like life boats) on to the shore.

We had an early start on our day in San Remo as we’d booked an excursion to Monaco. So we took some early morning photos of San Remo, hoped on the tender and then joined the tour bus.

San Remo, Italy

San Remo, Italy

San Remo, Italy

It look about an hour on the bus to get to Monaco. We had to travel from Italy, into France and then to Monaco; three countries in one day.

Monaco is the second smallest country in the world after Vatican City (which we visited later in the week). It’s also the most expensive country in the world to rent a house/apartment in.

Of course, Monte Carlo and Monaco are most famous for the F1 race that is held there every year. As Tyrone is a huge F1 fan he was excited to see and walk the track.

Tunnel, Monaco

This is the famous tunnel which the F1 cars race through.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco

This is perhaps one of the most recognisable corners of the track.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

We worked our way up hill, walking the track in reverse. We cut up a stairway to the back of the casino.

Tyrone and I decided not to go in the casino, and instead used our extra free time to walk some more of the track.

If you do want to visit the casino, you must take your passport and pay the 10 euro entry fee. You also can’t go in with exposed shoulders, or wearing shorts or short skirts, so you can’t go in and pretend you’re a Bond girl. My dreams were crushed!

Casino, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Casino, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco

As the F1 race was only a few weeks before we went, there were still barriers at the side of the road and some of the pits were still up. The road was covered in bits of tires that had broken off during the race, so naturally I pinched a bit. I’m not sure who’s car it belonged to but I’m going to say Jenson Button. ;)

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco

My dress is from H&M. It’s the same one I wore in Venice last summer. I absolutely adore it!

Monte Carlo, Monaco

After this free time, we hopped back on the bus and headed to the old town where the palace located.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

^^This is the church where Grace Kelly married the Prince of Monaco. She’s also buried inside.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

^^And this is the palace. We were fortunate enough to see the changing of the guards.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Ferrari alert! We saw a lot that day.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

As well as the palace, you can also find this incredible, iconic view in the old town.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco

I loved visiting Monaco because it’s such a beautiful place. And personally, I think a cruise is a perfect way to visit Monaco, because it means you don’t have to pay for the overpriced hotels!

Have you been to Monaco? Would you like to visit?

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  1. A piece of tyre and the track, this is so exciting. I would love to see it. Are you Jenson Button fan?

  2. This looks amazing, I want to go back to Europe so bad, the next trip I am hoping to go on is to see Portugal. That Ferrari is beautiful!

    • Holly

      I’ve been to Portugal 11 times, so if you need any advice about the Algarve then ask away!

  3. Michelle

    Never been to any other country except El Salvador and that’s all the traveling I’m doing.

    Still beautiful photos!

  4. Gosh, what lovely pictures! It looks amazing there, so beautiful! I didn’t realise it so was so expensive there, but it clearly has so much history and culture. The church you showed is especially beautiful. That’s great that you got to take a piece of tire hahaha =p Me and Matt had to cancel our holiday because of work, so we’re looking for a new holiday – and if I’d get to go here on a cruise I’d love a cruise!

    Also, I love this layout! You’ve done a great job on it!

    • Holly

      It’s incredible how expensive it is. We saw the apartments where most of the F1 drivers live and it was quite basic, and it gave me a real insight into the cost of living in Monaco.

      I hope you managed to find a great holiday soon. You deserve the break!

  5. Cat

    Monaco looks like a beautiful city! I love the view of the bay with all the boats and the buildings in front of the hills/mountains. It seems like a colorful city, and I like the architecture too, especially of the church. I didn’t realize the housing was so expensive though! A day trip there to avoid hotel costs sounds like a great idea :)

    • Holly

      The architecture is stunning. And I’m a sucker for pretty buildings!

      Most people stay in Nice in France and then visit Monaco from there as it’s cheaper.

  6. I love your dress! I’m so jealous of your trip too, I’ve always wanted to go to Monaco :) I’ll definitely have to get a day trip sorted when we’re next heading that way as the hotel prices are a bit scary!

    • Holly

      Thank you! Best £7.99 I’ve ever spent!

      It’s definitely worth a visit if you can find somewhere cheaper to stay.

  7. Oh my, Monaco is dreamy! I want to visit so bad! Especially during the races ;) I would die if I saw a line up of cars there. I would steal a bit of the cars too ;) you aren’t the only one haha.

    • Holly

      I would love to see a race there but it’s so expensive. I will just have to stick to the cheaper venues!