After visiting the smallest country in the world, Vatican City, it only seemed fitting for us to visit the second smallest country in the world, Monaco. Monaco is located just a few miles from Nice, France where Megan and I spent a few days. Interestingly Monaco has no income tax and 0% unemployment.
Monaco is known for car racing, they hold a race through the streets of Monaco every year, Casinos including the Monte Carlo Casino which was a filming location for several James Bond films, and the incredible and huge yachts that harbor there. I will just say that the Casino was gorgeous and the yachts were huge. I MEAN HUGE! When a yacht has a helipad on it, you know it has to be worth more than a small city.
The old town of Monaco, which is situated on top of a very steep hill, is picturesque. I don’t think there is any other way to describe it. It has light colored buildings with skinny alleys between them. It also has an abundance of beautiful cars that cost more than houses. The view from on top of the hill is quite amazing. The French Riviera on one side and the yachts in the harbor on the other.
Monaco has been around since the 13th century and has fought for independence on and off since then. They share a lot in common with France but they maintain their own laws in a lot of areas. Thankfully they do except the Euro, because they are surrounded by France, otherwise it would be a pain to exchange money just inside the tiny country.
If you are around the French Riviera, it is worth visiting Monaco for an afternoon. The architecture is beautiful. Fancy cars are everywhere. The yachts alone are worth the visit. It is also easy to get to from Nice. Just hop on the 100 bus from the port in Nice and for under 2€ you can ride about 45 minutes into the heart of Monaco.