On Tuesday Mark and I took the train to Monaco. My last trip to Monaco was spent mainly in Monte Carlo, so I was keen to see other areas of the principality, particularly Le Rocher, or The Rock: Monaco-Ville.
You can walk up to Monaco-Ville, the oldest part of the city, via this pedestrian ramp.
There are great views from the top. This is a view of Monte Carlo and the Port of Monaco.
In the other direction you can see Fontevielle, the newest part of Monaco, built on artificially reclaimed land.
At the top though, you find a large square and the Palais Princier, from which the Grimaldis have ruled Monaco for 700 years. We took a tour of the inside of the Palace, which was very interesting, though a little disappointing given the small number of rooms you get to see.
At 11:55 there is the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard.
On the other side of the square lies the rest of Monaco-Ville.
There are a number of pedestrianised streets that take you through this small hilltop town.
We stopped here at the charming Restaurant d’a Vuta for an excellent, reasonably priced lunch.
We then visited the imposing Cathedrale de Monaco.
It was very peaceful inside. Many of the Grimaldis are buried here.
The tomb of Princess Grace.
We walked around the peninsula through the gardens.
We were very lucky with the weather as the forecast predicted rain but we had sunshine and blue skies.
This building houses the Oceanographic Museum.
We made our way down and returned to the station for our train back to Nice.