30 June 2011
Everyone is getting ready for the big day. This lady is putting on a show at the entrance to the Winter Sporting on Casino Square.
Tonight in the football stadium in Fontvieille there's a concert by The Eagles. 15,00 tickets have been given away - a gift from Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock to Monegasques, residents and workers in the Principality. Unfortunately some unscrupulous ticket holders have been selling them on the black market. Naughty, naughty...
More events tomorrow...
29 June 2011
Everywhere you look in Monaco you see flags. The Monaco flag, the South African flag and one that simply says 'Marriage Princier.'
A few more days and Prince Albert marries South African Olympic swimmer, Charlene Wittstock. The civil ceremony will be on Friday and the religious ceremony on Saturday.
28 June 2011
Just before we get into THE wedding preparations, here are a couple of shots of the show jumping on Port Hercule taken from le rocher. The setting by the yachts is spectacular.
For close-ups, see HERE and HERE from last year's show.
And to see a photo of the soon to be married couple - the wedding takes place this coming weekend - here are Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock at the show jumping a few days ago.
27 June 2011
This will be the last day - we'll be back - at this marvellous exhibition at the National Museum Villa Sauber.
And why? Because this coming weekend sees the marriage of Prince Albert to Charlene Wittstock and I want to show you how Monaco is preparing for the biggest event to hit Monaco since Prince Albert's mother, American actress Grace Kelly wed Prince Rainier in 1956.
This exhibit of clouds behind muslin is not easy to photograph but absolutely beautiful to look at.
To lead us nicely into wedding fever, take a look at the smaller photo - you can see in the foreground and to the left of the lady, dolls representing Princess Grace and Prince Rainier on their wedding day.
26 June 2011
25 June 2011
This exhibition at the Villa Sauber is such fun. For instance, you can get your photo taken like this and then collect it a few minutes later.
Rather like one of those passport booths (except a good deal more stylish...), or remember the same sort of thing at the end of the pier?
24 June 2011
This is the contrasting half of yesterday's 'clubbing.' Here we see a 19th century scene - a Second Empire 'rout' as it was known in those days. Take a look at yesterday's post - it illustrates so well the difference two centuries can make.
Apart from the beautiful old dolls and their clothes, don't you just love those miniscule but perfect chandeliers?
23 June 2011
At the foot of the beautiful staircase in Villa Sauber (we'll see that another day) is a fascinating display comparing nightlife in the 19th and 21st century. Two egg-shaped structures, standing side by side, house the dolls - here you see the clubbing scene of our time. Tomorrow, we go back to the 19th century and Mme. Galéa's dolls, dressed for a Second Empire 'rout'.
If you'd like to read a more detailed account of this stunning exhibition, the designers and Villa Sauber, do click on Alex's excellent article on City Out Monaco.
22 June 2011
There is an amazing new exhibition at the National Museum Villa Sauber on Avenue Princesse Grace. Last night I was invited to the vernissage with le tout Monaco and I loved it all - including the champagne served in gold, black or silver goblets...
Villa Sauber used to be known as the Doll Museum and housed one of the world's great collections of antique dolls and automatons originally owned by Mme. Galéa. The museum closed for renovation and has opened with this crazy, wonderful, clever, beautifully mounted exhibition which is an hommage to Mme. Galéa's collection by edgy Parisien couturiers - On Aura Tout Vu.
Come with me over the next few days and see some of the exhibits. Here are a few demons - all great fun.
21 June 2011
20 June 2011
19 June 2011
18 June 2011
No, you are not at the wrong place... there really are sheep, goats and rabbits in Monaco. This is a small area in the Parc Princesse Antoinette - the children's garden.
I believe part of the late Prince Rainier's infamous zoo below le rocher has been turned into a petting zoo for children and happily some of the wild animals sent to Africa - a couple or so years ago two leopards, Pitou and Sirius, were released into the wilds of Africa by by conservationist Virginia McKenna. Sadly, Pitou was killed by a puff adder in January this year.
17 June 2011
15 June 2011
We're back at the Princess Antoinette Park which is a children's garden and where today its paths are lined with mysterious trees.
Each 'tree' has been decorated by children from the various kindergartens around the Principality.
This tree addresses children's life and dreams - you see Emma's in the last photo:
'Life is when I run with my brothers below where I live. It's super! I would like to drive a beautiful black Ferrari such as you often see in Monaco.'
And she probably will...
14 June 2011
This roof garden overlooks le rocher - you can see - in the distance - the Oceanographic Museum on the left and the cathedral on the right. In the middle ground you see the crenellations of the Palace.
The photo foreshortens everything - in fact there is a big space between this garden and le rocher. I took it on a long zoom from just below the Jardin Exotique which is even further away.
13 June 2011
This bell hangs outside the Cathedral on le rocher. It came from the old church of Saint Nicolas which was built in 1484 and was rung in celebration in 1641 when Prince Honoré II expelled the Spanish garrison and so liberated Monaco.
12 June 2011
11 June 2011
10 June 2011
Immediately the Monaco Grand Prix is over, work begins to dismantle the stands.
The main photo shows the Pit Lane on the far left. In both photos you can see the outside tables of restaurants that are facing the port although no one can see the boats with all the steel in the way.
These photos were taken a week ago so probably the majority has already been cleared away by now.