Tuesday - Visit To Monte Carlo, Monaco (Page Three)
Did you know? - Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco (French: Principauté de Monaco; Monégasque: Principatu de Múnegu; Italian:), is a small sovereign city-state located in South Western Europe on the northern central coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is surrounded on three sides by its neighbour, France, and its centre is about 16 km (9.9 mi) from Italy.
Its area is 2.02 km2 (0.78 sq mi) with an estimated population of almost 33,000. Monaco is the name of the country and its capital (and only) city. It is famous as a tax haven, and wealthy foreigners make up the majority of the population at approximately 84%. Monaco is a constitutional monarchy and principality, with Prince Albert II as head of state.
The House of Grimaldi has ruled Monaco since 1297, and the state's sovereignty was officially recognized by the Franco-Monegasque Treaty of 1861.
Despite Monaco being independent, its national defense is the responsibility of France.
On The Bus To The Princes Palace
Did you know? - Founded in 1866, Monte Carlo has a name of Italian origin meaning "Mount Charles". Named in compliment to the prince then reigning, Charles III of Monaco. The specific mountain is the escarpment at the foot of the Maritime Alps on which the town stands.
The Princers Palace Of Monaco
Did you know? - The Prince's Palace of Monaco is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco. Founded in 1191 as a Genoese fortress, during its long and often dramatic history it has been bombarded and besieged by many foreign powers.
Since the end of the 13th century, it has been the stronghold and home of the Grimaldi family who first captured it in 1297. The Grimaldi ruled the area first as feudal lords, and from the 17th century as sovereign princes, but their power was often derived from fragile agreements with their larger and stronger neighbours.
A Short Walk Around Town Followed
Hotel Necresco in Nice
St. Paul De Vence
Did you know? - Saint-Paul or Saint-Paul de Vence is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. The well-known modern and contemporary art museum Fondation Maeght is located near Saint-Paul.
Did you know? - St-Paul de Vence was founded in the 9th century, but its more modern ramparts were the work of King François I. During the late 14th century, around the time of Columbus, King François indulged in his love of all things Italian. He invited Leonardo da Vinci to spend his last years in France so that he could enjoy his art. But King François’ love of things Italian didn’t stop at just enjoying its art and culture – he also fancied controlling part of Italy. He conducted a campaign of alternating attacks and retreats and in anticipation of retaliatory actions, he therefore built frontier garrisons. Hence, the fortification of St-Paul de Vence.
Arrival At The Village St. Paul De Vence In France
We made it!
Did You Know? - St. Paul is a beautiful medieval fortified village perched on a narrow spur between two deep valleys. Its location gives you a great view of the village from the La Colle road to the east or the Cagnes-Vence road to the west.
Did you know? - The village was fortified in the 13th century. In the 16th century, St. Paul was ruled by the Lords of Grasse-Bar, and then became a Royal Village. In 1537, François 1st built a second wall to completely enclose the village. Several hundred houses had to be destroyed, and the inhabitants moved down to the lower lands, where La Colle is now located.
Strolling the streets
View from the top
Did you know? - A bastion, or a bulwark, is a structure projecting outward from the main enclosure of a fortification, situated in both corners of a straight wall (termed curtain), facilitating active defence against assaulting troops. It allows the defenders of the fort to cover adjacent bastions and curtains with defensive fire.
The bastion was designed to offer a full range on which to attack oncoming troops. Previous fortifications were of little use within a certain range. The bastion solved this problem. By using a cannon to cover the curtain side of the wall, the forward cannon could concentrate on oncoming targets.
The Town Cemetary At The Edge Of The Town
At the far end of the village is a belvedere where you can best appreciate the
views, and also the cemetery where the artist Marc Chagall is buried.
No cars in this town... Not many!
What? No wine??
Steps going up to the town wall
Back to the ship
Leaving Monte Carlo At 5:00 PM
- Page 1: Summary
- Page 2: Florence Italy
- Page 3: Monte Carlo
- Page 4: Barcelona Part One
- Page 5: Barcelona Part Two
- Page 6: Barcelona Part Three
- Page 7: Majorca
- Page 8: Tunisia Part One
- Page 9: Tunisia Part Two
- Page 10: Trapani, Sicily
- Page 11: Napels (Pompeii)
- Page 12: Roma Part One
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