Cruise Guide To: Monaco
Monaco

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Since one of the most poignant real-life fairy tales of themodern era played out in  Monaco, it’s nowonder that this legendarily posh principality identifies itself as somethingout of a fairy story.  Stroll the streetsand mingle with aristocracy; dine in fabulous restaurants where celeb chefslike Joel Robuchon presided over Michelin-starred kitchens; or splurge onluxurious spa treatments. Definitely set aside some time for sightseeing, becauseMonaco’s attractions are lovely, diverse and sometimes unexpected.

Cruise Guide To: Monaco
The Exotic Garden

Jardin Exotique de Monaco

There are many gardens in Monaco. One of the prettiest ones open to the public is the Jardin Exotique de Monaco, a botanical garden located on a cliff above ancient caves where archaeologists discovered prehistoric dwellings. Below the Jardin Exotique, the Observatory Grottoes contain some eye-catching and bizarre-looking stalagmites and calcareous rock formations.

Cruise Guide To: Monaco
Chapelle de la Misericorde

Chapelle de la Misericorde

It’s easy to imagine noble maidens getting married in thebaroque masterpiece Chapelle de la Misericorde, which local historians saydates back to 1639. Its collection of paintings, wood carvings and other workswas amassed over the centuries, and its interior was restored to gleaming beautyto commemorate its 350th anniversary. Another grand religious siteis the Cathedral, a Romanesque-Byzantine structure made from gleaming whitestone.

Cruise Guide To: Monaco
Prince’s Palace

Prince’s Palace

End with a tour of the Prince’s Palace; although the royalfamily still lives here, it’s open for tours daily (June-October). Don’t miss the 18th and 19th-century art collection. If this inspires you to begin a collection of your own, there are 50 art galleries to explore—allthis cultural wealth contained in a country smaller than Central Park.

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