Fabulous, partly real kingdom – a tiny, squeezed between the cliffs and the sea. Monaco with the area of 195 hectares is annually visited by up to three million tourists. If we calculate how much land will be in Monaco each of them, it appear they’re all together, you get to 6.5 square millimeters per tourist. This is not the local population, which is very sparse, since to get the Principality’s citizenship is extremely difficult. Of the 32 thousand citizens of Monaco 10300 are French, 6410 – the Italians (though they give the impression of a dominant presence) and 6089 Monegasques, most small group of “indigenous” people. They are descended from the first members of the Grimaldi dynasty, which began its reign in Monaco with the XIII century.
A small but proud state sacredly holds its traditions. The ruling house even set up a committee to preserve the traditions, the main tradition is Monegasques language. On the other hand, the connection of historical heritage with avant-garde, such as in architecture, here it is called an art form.
Monaco represents several (4, according to a new division) small parts, including the Monte Carlo and Monaco-Ville. Monte Carlo – is a “game house”. Here, next to the main Casino is the second building, perhaps even more visited – with game machines. Just imagine: a city where people in the evening, rather than pass the time in bars or the cinema, they go to play! And this is not an event but an ordinary evening of ordinary Monte Carlo. It is appropriate joke: When the question of granting citizenship, primarily based on how people are venturesome. People in Monaco do not pay taxes – at the expense of the game in the state treasury received much more money.
The main characteristic of Monaco-Ville – is that all streets are located on top of the mountain the old city, which is not only that the car will pass not – not every man protisnetsya lead to the prince’s palace. Before him every day at 11.55 is the solemn changing of the guard, which involves at least a dozen soldiers. Looking into the sea from a steep cliff down at the main temple of Monaco, where are buried the members of the princely family, and can not imagine that somewhere there is still a city.
However, uninformed “search” it and walk on it on the map is a completely meaningless exercise. Everywhere in the rocks are pierced tunnels – as horizontal for roads, and vertical, for pedestrians. These pedestrian tunnels to the elevators in some sense can be compared to the subway. Its people have to “render habitable” stone space. They arranged shops, restaurants, newspaper shops. The city itself is somewhere completely ordinary, but somewhere like the model of an ideal place to live. Houses – a body boarding resort and recreation, among which in the thickets of exotic greenery both hiking trails. And you never know when will the “spa” area and where will the “normal” city.
The fastest way to get to Monaco from Nice is by helicopter. Such an unusual mode of transport here, too, in the order of things. It is also one of the “royal” expensive rides. 6 unforgettable minutes of flight on the “shuttle bus with a propeller” over the sea. And here, above, offers a magnificent view of one of the universally recognized paradises of the planet – Cote d’Azur.