The first stop on our Mediterranean cruise was Monaco. Unfortunately it was raining when we arrived. Even with the clouds, we had a fabulous view from the balcony in our room.
We made guesses on how much that giant yacht cost. What’s your guess? The opera house below is part of the famous Monte Carlo casino. This is another shot I took from the balcony as we waited out the storm.
Just as we were about to get off the ship, the storm picked up and they actually closed the gangway. That has never happened to me on a cruise before. But as you can see below, they opened it back up and I ventured off in the rain. Thank goodness the aquarium was selling these ponchos. They made a killing that day!
Cruise ships have a great location when they port in Monaco. You can walk right off the ship and up the hill to see many great things.
Our first stop was Saint Nicholas Cathedral where Princess Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier are buried.
Just a few more steps and we were at the Prince’s Palace.
To be honest, it wasn’t my favorite palace. I did however, enjoy the statues surrounding it. Especially when I caught a bird on her head. It’s the little things that entertain me. 🙂
The square surrounding the palace was very busy and colorful.
And there was a fabulous view from here. You could even see the cruise ship and just how far we had come on foot…in the rain.
Great place to get some family shots.
As usual, I enjoyed the history of the place. These walls and lanterns were amazing! 1533!
You might recognize this walk and the chocolate shop below from the latest season of The Amazing Race. I LOVE that show! It was so cool to watch them race thru the same places I had been.
We walked around the tiny pedestrian only streets looking for a spoon for my collection. The shops were mostly touristy and the workers were not the friendliest of people. 🙁
It finally stopped raining and we were able to walk back down to the cruise ship. Turns out the walk is thru a beautiful park that we didn’t get to enjoy on the way up.
I mean look at this view below. This walk is completely free. In fact, other than the rain poncho and the souvenir spoon, we didn’t spend any money in Monaco. Pretty good for one of the most expensive places there is.
Of course there is so much more to see in Monaco, but we had an excursion to France that afternoon, so we had to head back to the ship. I was really happy with what we could see just walking straight off the ship. It was beautiful, economical and easy…even in the rain. Here’s a little video recap.