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Monaco France is just about two square kilometers in size and one of the most populated countries in the world. Located in the South of France by the Mediterranean Sea, Monaco has some of the most exciting shopping, great restaurants, the renowned Monte Carlo Casino, and of course the Grand Prix, where every year thousands of visitors come to Monaco to gather for this event.

The year I went with my wife, we took a quick train ride from where we were staying in the nearby town of Toulon in the South of France, which was a great laid back experience since Monaco was packed with tourists.

With it being my first time in Monaco, I wanted to see the city and experience the Grand Prix at the same time, but I will have to say that it wasn’t possible. It had to be one of the two.

Why?

Most of the streets and sidewalks are closed and there’s a limit of where you can go by foot.

Lots of people, which can make things a bit hard to enjoy, especially if you get all the way to the top of the hill where you’ll find the main castle and old town. With the small streets, vendors and tourists trying to get a look at the race cars, it can get a bit crazy.

Also, trying to visit other attractions might not be as easy like the Casino and the Marine Museum, and with packed restaurants, waiting to get something to eat might take a bit of time.

If you have Grand Prix tickets, you are going to enjoy it. The entire country is a race track and everything is a big celebration with the excitement of the teams and fans from all over the world.

 

 

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Henrique Kerch

I’m a Caracas native, living in Chicago. I have a passion for travel, culture, food, adventure and discovering new places off the beaten path. I still remember the first trip I took internationally as a child and the excitement that it was to know that everyone will speak another language. Traveling was cool—waking up early to make the trip to the airport, packing too much and then realizing it’s much better to pack light.

Now a travel writer, I get to see new places continually, check out new restaurants, and talk about my experiences. Just as I’m about to be done with a trip, I see myself at the airport daydreaming while staring at the departure board thinking about my next destination.