A magical moment in Monaco

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Whether or not you spend a penny, walking around the small town of Monte Carlo just makes you feel elegant. The vista of leafy hills and massive homes looking out over a bay flush with yachts of all sizes is mesmerizing.

The palace at the top of the hill, just steps from the cathedral, is the prince of Monaco’s actual residence and is open for tours. The winding passageways that make up much of Monte Carlo’s old town are home to restaurants, specialty shops, and public park spaces with stunning views.

Viewfinder Tip: To save money, stay in a hotel in France or Italy and drive or taxi (or yacht!) into Monte Carlo for the day.

There are other ways to experience this city on the cheap. It is easy to peak into the lives of high rollers in action at the Grand Casino. The Opera House, built in the 1870s, is another jaw-dropping marvel with its ornate moldings, murals, and an enormous sparkling chandelier. Finally, Monte Carlo by night is nothing short of majestic.

Once you’ve had your fill of Monaco, it’s simple to hop on over to France and the French Riviera. Nice can be reached by a half-hour-drive. What’s more, the Italian border is only 40 minutes away.

Finally, if you want to have an experience like mine at the cathedral, stop in at the Saint Nicholas Cathedral on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. for mass. No, you might not get to witness a wedding. But you will get a slice of real life in Monaco. And it won’t cost you a dime.



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