Officially, the Principality of Monaco, this sovereign city state and microstate in the French Riviera, is bordered by France on 3 sides and the Mediterranean Sea on the other. At 2.02 sq. km. (.78 sq. mi.) it is the 2nd smallest country in the world, after the Vatican. It gained independence in 1,297, under the sovereignty of the Republic of Genoa, on May 1814 from the French Empire, on June 17, 1814 from the 6th Coalition and 1861 under the Franco-Monegasque treaty. As of 2016, it had a population of 38,897 Monegasques.
Monaco has no income tax, low business taxes and is a well known tax haven. 30% of its population is made up of millionaires and it is known as the most expensive and wealthiest place on earth.
It has a club football team (soccer) who have won championships and each year it hosts the Monaco Grand Prix Formula 1 race.
As we had been here in 2011, we knew enough to find our way around the highlights of Monaco and soon set off down the hill from the Palace towards the cathedral where Prince Rainier III wed Grace Kelly.
From here we wandered through the Jardin de Saint Martin, with its fine views…
…beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees…
…and numerous statues.
We soon arrived at the Monaco Oceanographic Museum. Neither time, nor funds permitted a visit here, but I did sell J a small yellow submarine.
We continued along, mostly on level ground, until we hit a fine view of the yacht harbour where an exposition was just being set up to display and sell the latest in yacht inventions to the well-heeled. We knew that did not include us.
It was now time to take the path down the hill towards the yacht basin.
Throughout our walk, there were reminders of great moments in the Grand Prix, historic pieces, fabulous views and another deal where I sold J a building.
As we got closer to the famous Monte Carlo Casino, we encountered beautiful planting beds, ornate buildings and a unique way to see such a small city.
What a great morning. So much to see as we simply wandered, putting one foot in front of the other.