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Monaco: Europe’s very own Las Vegas

Today I was looking at some pictures of my European trip of 1998 with my sister and my parents and I remembered how amazing Monaco is. Monaco is a little city-state located in South Western Europe on the northern central coast of the Mediterranean Sea. This little country is known for its high class way of life, its beautiful panorama, the casino, the best Formula 1 races and the expensive yachts owned by the rich population of the country. It’s amazing that wealthy foreigners make up the majority of the population at approximately 84%. For those who don’t know, here is a very brief political description of Monaco. This country 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 defence is the responsibility of France.


The Monte-Carlo Casino is one of the most popular casino’s in the world. It’s elegant and immense structure brings a certain mixture of class and style to the city. I never went inside to see what it looks like but the outside is very beautiful and looks pretty much like a monument. Here are two fun facts to know about Monaco. First of all, there are no taxes in this country, which explains the large number of rich people and celebrities. Secondly, the citizens of Monaco are not allowed to gamble in the casino, which is pretty awkward. Also, in this casino, we can fin the  Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo, an opera and ballet house, and the headquarters of the Ballets de Monte Carlo.  It  also hosts the annual European Poker Tour Grand Final.

Formula 1

The Formula 1 event in Monaco is the nicest and most important race in the sport because it is held in the city’s streets. It’s set up takes about six weeks to prepare, time to set up the benches, the slowing down tracks, the lights, the garages, etc. It is also one of the most difficult tracks in the world because it’s streets are very tight and it makes it a lot harder to pass an opponent. The race is usually held the second weekend of May and attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world.

For those who travelled to Nice, Cannes or the Côte d’Azur, you will definitely love this place. I personally think that this place is a must see country in Europe because it is so elegant and classy. The view is absolutely breath-taking and will make you feel like you are in heaven. There are many things to see in Monaco and a lot of money to spend. If you’ve already gone to Monaco or if your planning on going please share your experience with us. If you go and win at the casino, please come and share the fortune as well :) Just Kidding, have a great trip.

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