by Niki Kefala
This dreamy principality, built right up on the scrubby, rocky, Mediterranean coastline, full of wealthy people and squeezed into just 200 hectares, might be the world’s second-smallest country (the Vatican is smaller), but what it lacks in size it makes up for in attitude. Citizens of Monaco (Monégasques) don’t pay taxes, that’s why you will see many expensive cars (I haven’t see so many Ferraris never before in my life) and yacht around. Grand Prix motor race, which runs through Monaco’s streets once a year is a must to see. Monte Carlo, its major district, has an elegant belle epoque casino complex, ornate opera house and luxe hotels, boutiques, nightclubs and French and Italian restaurants.
Yummy: Your are near to Mediterranean sea so you must taste seafood and fresh vegetables. Also taste Fougasse, a sweet pastry made from orange-infused pastry and topped with nuts and anise seeds, and Socca an olive oil fried crepe made with chickpea flour.
Like home: I stayed at the hotel Best Western Astoria in Cannes. Great location and very clean.
Almost famous: Go for shopping in one of the many luxury stores with the very very expensive brands. Even if you don’t buy anything (because eh… nothing matches with your style of course, not because you don’t have the money) you will feel like a millionaire. Also visit Monaco’s palace and take only a glimpse of how the life of a princess would be…
Dress up: If you are visiting Monaco during Summer like I did, you need to be in style. As Monaco is full of wealthy people (unfortunately I am not one of them) you may want to dress better than causal, but it’s not necessary. The streets have a steep incline, and ladies would be wise, no to wear high heels when they are walking around (left them to rest), unless you are Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City. A nice sneaker will be a wise choice. My favorite are the DKNY sneakers. Ladylike dresses and skirts, floral or white pants and sorts are the best choices.
The three words you must know if you are visiting Monaco.
Bonjour: means good morning but you will hear it all day long.
Espèces: means cash.
Château, Palais: means palace.