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Visiting Monaco

Posted by kfulwell - Created: 14 years ago
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On our last trip to Nice, we did a spontaneous jump onto the train to Monaco .... but not sure we really found it! We weren't even sure we'd come out of the right end of the railway station! Thought we'd have another go during our next visit. Anyone enlighten us on what to see, which exit from the railway station, etc? Is there an old town? Nice shopping areas?KateKate

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Posted by C J Flynn - 14 years ago

If you go before the tunnel is finished being repaired, you can stop nowhere but Monaco Station - a tunnel itself that is temporarily the end of the line. This new station is filled with tunnels of its own, and they lead everywhere. The signs point to the different places, and there are maps as well. One spot, on the same level as the train platform, has a bus stop for the little buses that cruise the city. If I remember correctly, there is a small fare, but it brings you near most anywhere important to go.You can also take the tunnels for a 5 minute walk and hit the old train station which brings you 50 meters from the departure point that goes past the old town market, then up the rock to the castle (or down to the harbor). Or you can take the walking tunnel the leads to the Church (Eglise) of Sainte Devote (where my wife's mother was married.) This is across the street from the harbor (on another side) and at the bottom of the hill upon which sits the casino and all that jazz.If you are really into walking, a favorite moment in my life (shows what a boring life I lead) is having walked from the castle to the Exotic Garden. The garden is a wandering path that goes all the way down to a Cave grotto that then continues down. The plants on the side of the hill of the garden combines what must be a billion versions of different cactus with an enormous world class view. If I only had a short time on the Cote d'Azur, I would make sure to see that and the Villa Kerylos, a 10 minute walk from the Beaulieu train station. C J Flynn