30 November 2012

Flying Saucers in Monte Carlo ...

Looks like flying saucers are about to land in time for Christmas at the Metropole Shopping Centre.

29 November 2012

Fallng Water

A  detail from the fountain that stands at the end of the Promenade de Larvotto, above the beach. It was created by Guy Lartigue in 1970 in homage to Princess Grace.

28 November 2012


These guys were filming a helicopter at the heliport.

27 November 2012

Le Vistamar

Minimalistic table decor at Le Vistamar in the Hôtel Hermitage.

26 November 2012

Undercover at the Café de Paris

This is the new protective roof over the terrace of the Café de Paris.

25 November 2012

No Finish Line - Santa Claus

Santa Claus is running at the No Finish Line charity.  Doubtless getting fit for Christmas ...

The sign says 'See you soon.' 

Today is the last day of this 8-day run for charity around the port of Monaco.

24 November 2012

No Finish Line - Running in High Heels

At 18h each evening and as part of the 8-day No Finish Line run for charity, you can run in high heels on a pink carpet. Perfect for Monte Carlo Ladies! This is sponsored by a company promoting shoes that offer comfort and glamour. 

23 November 2012

No Finish Line - Ouch!

No pain, no gain ... ouch!

22 November 2012

No Finish Line - the Premise

One of Monaco's favourite events for locals is currently taking place on Port Hercule.  No Finish Line is a charity event organised over 8 days (and nights) by Children and the Future and is in aid of deprived and sick children.

The premise is simple: you run, jog or walk on a marked course around the port - it measures 1350 metres. For a few euros you register and buy an electronic tag for your shoe.  Then, for every circuit you run the charity is paid by one of the sponsors.  You can do this anytime of the day or night (24 hours a day) over an eight day period so people run before work, during their lunch-breaks, late at night and you can see how many kilometres you have run on the computer when you've finished. I'm told Prince Albert II likes to take run at night.  

More tomorrow ...

21 November 2012

The Grimaldi Rose

Grimaldi is the name of the Princely family and this beautiful rose, named for the family, is currently in flower in the Princess Grace Rose Garden.

Beautiful, don't you think?

20 November 2012


Just the thing for these chilly mornings - a nice pair of comfy boots ...

Spotted outside the supermarket in Fontvieille. Well, what else would you wear to do the weekly shop?

19 November 2012

Pool Envy

The pristine pool of the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort.  In the distance, the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel.

Note the row of seagulls lined up on the fence?

18 November 2012

In Step

Walking the dog on Avenue Princesse Grace.

17 November 2012

A Garden at Night

You always feel safe in Monaco, so it's a pleasure to walk at night in the gardens, pass over this small bridge and see the ducks and geese asleep on rocks below.

16 November 2012

A Glimmer of Gold

Another sunset photo taken in Fontvieille - those final rays of sun hitting the lower rails.

15 November 2012

Goosey, Goosey, Gander - Part 2

Here's yesterday's fine gander with his two females and a lady who feeds them every day.  Presumbaly none of them has read the sign (see smaller photo) that says no feeding of animals or birds!

Seems to me both the birds and the lady get a lot of pleasure out of this daily ritual.

14 November 2012

Goosey, Goosey, Gander

This rather fine gander lives with his two females in the Parc Paysager de Fontvieille.

I thought he might be a Canada Goose but think they have black necks and brown colouring.  I did ask him and he said he is a Monte Carlo Goose but I think he's lying ...

Anyone know?

13 November 2012


The opulent foyer of the Hôtel de Paris. 

12 November 2012

Oceanographic Museum at Sunset

The Oceanographic Museum at sunset.

There's a dawn photo today on Menton Daily Photo.

11 November 2012


There's a flag that needs replacing in Fontvieille ...

10 November 2012

November on Larvotto Beach

'Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.' 

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

09 November 2012

Sunset from Fontvieille

Sunset from Fontvieille. We are standing on the jetty or sea wall - the lighthouse is at the end,  The port of Fontvieille is behind the greenery you see on the left.  This walkway is currently laid out for motorbike practice but it's also good place to fish and a great place to walk, with or without a dog.  The heliport is behind me.

In the distance you see Cap Martin and beyond that Italy.

08 November 2012

Stars 'N' Bars - the Presidential 'Lookalikes'

Meet the 'lookalike' (well, sort of ...) presidenttal candidates who were at Stars 'N' Bars for their great election night party. There was a stroll poll with prizes every hour and the Stars 'N' Bars clientele gave Obama 88% of the vote.  Stars 'N' Bars have organised an election party every four years for the past twenty and every time their clients name the president several hours before it actually happens!  

07 November 2012

Election Night in Monte Carlo - Stars 'N' Bars

There was only one place to be in Monaco last night - Stars 'N' Bars on the port.  I called in to take a few photos - there were Obama and Romney lookalikes!  There was a bear who gave free hugs and an enormous television screen showing CNN all night long. And loads and loads of enthusiasm.  A great atmosphere ...

And isn't this the biggest American flag you've ever seen?

And Obama won!  Thank you, America!

More tomorrow ...

06 November 2012


Chanel - perhaps she's checking if she can afford it ...

05 November 2012

Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort

We're looking at a couple of cabanons and a smsll part of the beautiful pool at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort. Note the high seas smashing against the shore in the background - and top right part of the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel.

04 November 2012

The Cute Red Car

Not the usual Ferrari or Rolls Royce that you often see in Monaco.  I wonder what make this cute little car is. Perhaps it's a kit car?

Anyone know?

03 November 2012

High Seas and La Vigie

Churning seas in front of the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel.  This is technically France (Roquebrune-Cap-Martin) - but the Pointe de la Vieille, on which stands the hotel and the tall cream building, was bought by the SBM in Monaco in 1926.  The tall building is La Vigie, built in 1902, for Sir William Ingram. In recent years it was lived in by Karl Lagerfeld and now I believe is offered for rent. You can read more about La Vigie by clicking on the link.

02 November 2012

A Run on the Beach

A day of endless rain and wind two days ago turned into this - yesterday.  Sunshine, high seas (for the Mediterranean) and a run along Larvotto Beach.

01 November 2012

The Water's Edge

As you walk along the port of Fontvieille, don't just look at the luxury yachts - peer into the water. 

You never know what you might see ...
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