During our stay in Nice, we made a short trip to Monaco. Had a dinner with the tour group there, then we checked out the Grand Casino Monte Carlo.

Activities

Since we visited at night, we didn’t get to see much apart from a quick bus tour around the Grand Prix route, and walking to the restaurant. I really love the narrow cobbled alleys in Europe, and this town had some of the nicest.

We had a three course meal with matching wines at U Cavagnetu. As usual, the Contiki folks went straight for the booze!

Loved these small alleyways.
Loved these small alleyways.

After dinner, we had a look in the Grand Casino Monte Carlo. They were very strict about cameras, so couldn’t get many photos inside. Although there weren’t many tables and games in the general area, we were told the VIP area is much larger and has more tables.

Gambling in Monaco
Gambling in Monaco

Having lost €40 playing roulette, we decided to cut our losses and explore more of Monte Carlo. Stumbled on the Buddha Bar, and had a cocktail there. Although pricey at €40 for a small glass, it was one of the better cocktails I’ve had.

Cocktail at the Buddha Bar. Cost me €20 but tasted amazing.
Cocktail at the Buddha Bar. Cost me €20 but tasted amazing.

Finishing Thoughts

I didn’t really find Monaco that interesting. Everything was very expensive, and there wasn’t much to do apart from drink and gamble. Maybe it is better during the daytime. I recommend staying in Nice and making a day trip, as accommodation in Monaco can be very pricey.

Next up: Nice, France.

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