Impossibly Glamorous……….Monte Carlo

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The Principality of Monaco, the second smallest and most densely populated country in the world, is especially known for its status as the European playground for the rich and famous; in 2014, it was noted that around 30% of the population were millionaires.

The opening of the country’s first casino and a direct train link to Paris in the late 19th Century, combined with the mild Mediterranean climate, stunning scenery and up-scale gambling facilities all contributed to the glamorous aura of this tiny Principality. In more recent years, Monaco has diversified its economy into banking and other services and is well known as a tax haven.

When Prince Rainier III married American actress Grace Kelly in 1956, bringing Hollywood glamour to the Principality, it caught the imagination of the world’s media who were captivated by the fairy-tale. Monte Carlo’s fate was sealed; surely this was the most glamorous place on the planet……

 The quaint marina of  Port de Fontvieille overlooked by Le  Palais Princier de Monaco,  home to the ruling Grimaldi  family since 1297.

The old and the new clinging to the rock face that rises sharply out of the Mediterranean sea, giving spectacular views of the city and the bay, for those fortunate to be living there.

A city that is conspicuously clean and tidy, well-groomed and manicured, with little floral and botanical gems popping up in the least expected places (Esplanade Rainer III).

Afternoon tea with a musical accompaniment on the terrace of La Salle Empire, Hotel de Paris, Place du Casino,  accompanied by the hum of  Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Aston Martins, to name but a few…. 

A roll of the dice, a cocktail at the bar, neither shaken or stirred; Isabel Tapp descends the steps of the Casino de Monte Carlo, never say never again…

Relax and chill with the A list around the indoor or outdoor pool at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort, set in 10 acres of gardens featuring a soft water lagoon with a unique sandy bottom 

Sundowners overlooking the bay of Monaco. A romantic vantage point from the terrace of Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel. Fabulous wines accompanied by delicious canapés and an attentive sommelier. If you were clever enough to book in advance, you can join the gastronomic elite by dining at La Vigie which was awarded a Michelin star in 2014, thanks to the talent and creativity  of Chef Paolo Sari and watch the sun set on another day in Monte Carlo.


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