One of my first weekend getaways after returning was to visit a dear friend in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. I had booked this trip while I was back in the States in January and it felt like this weekend would NEVER get here. Thanks to early booking and Europe’s great train system, I booked round trip tickets for 30 euros.
I went with two other friends, arriving in Monaco train station a bit before midday on April the first. Unfortunately, the weather was not in our favor that weekend and rained off and on most of the time we were there. But we made the best of it. Saturday afternoon we walked around Monaco, admiring the fancy cars, wealthy buildings, and the stunning views.
We walked up to the Palace of Monaco, pretended to shoot cannons, ordered beers bigger than our faces, and learned all about Monaco thanks to our two killer tour guides. A few fun facts: Monaco is the second smallest country in the world, made up mostly of wealthy foreigners who own vacation homes/yachts. Majority, if not all of the working class in Monaco, actually lives outside of the country in France.
We then headed back home for dinner, rested up, and took the train to Nice, France for the evening. Disclaimer: while I was technically in Nice, it was past dark and I didn’t get to see much of it. It’s a place I’ll have to return to in the near future. The next morning we took the train to a nearby city in France called Cap-d’Ail. Even in the rain it was beautiful.
We grabbed lunch in Cap-d’Ail and then walked back to Monaco. We arrived back in time to relax a little, pack up, and then head to the train station. The trip was short, too short in my opinion (they almost always are). But regardless, we had a blast and I have endless thanks to our hosts/tour guides for playing tourist with us all weekend.