Travel Diary | Mediterranean Cruise | Monaco
30th June 2015
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.
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.
This is the famous tunnel which the F1 cars race through.
This is perhaps one of the most recognisable corners of the track.
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!
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.
My dress is from H&M. It’s the same one I wore in Venice last summer. I absolutely adore it!
After this free time, we hopped back on the bus and headed to the old town where the palace located.
^^This is the church where Grace Kelly married the Prince of Monaco. She’s also buried inside.
^^And this is the palace. We were fortunate enough to see the changing of the guards.
Ferrari alert! We saw a lot that day.
As well as the palace, you can also find this incredible, iconic view in the old town.
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?
If you missed the other posts in this series you can find them here (updated as they are published):