After visiting Pisa this morning, we were on our way back to Nice when we decided to make a quick pit stop in Monte Carlo.  Elaine hasn’t been to Monaco before and we had a few hours to kill before checking in at the hotel in Nice.

If you don’t know Europe well, then it’s probably worth mentioning that Monaco is a very small, independent, city-state on France’s Mediterranean coastline known for its casinos, yacht-lined harbour and Grand Prix motor racing. It is the second smallest country in the world and the entire population would be able to fit into Loftus Versfeld (and there would still be about 12,000 open seats in the stadium). The entire country is only 2.02 km2 and is a principality, governed under a form of constitutional monarchy with Prince Albert II as current head of state.

Monaco is not formally a member of the European Union (EU) but participates in certain EU policies, including customs and border controls. Through its relationship with France, Monaco uses the euro as its sole currency and joined the Council of Europe in 2004.

We only spent a few hours in Monaco as some roads were closed in preparation for the Grand Prix. Even though it was short, we did enjoy browsing through some multi-million Dollar yachts.