We decided to visit Monaco on the way back from our shopping spree in Ventimiglia, Italy (https://recipesontheriver.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/honeymoon-in-ventimiglia-italy/). The train we took to return to Nice actually stopped there, so even though we were exhausted we decided to do some more sight seeing, and we were not disappointed! My husband had done a little research on Monaco before we left for our trip and found one particular statue that he wanted to visit. We checked out tripadvisor, youtube and wikipedia (they have great travel articles!) while we were planning our trip, these were great resources and helped us discover places we wanted to visit and would have missed otherwise.
Once we found our way out of the HUGE train station we kind of just followed the crowd, which lead us to an open area full of shops and restaurants. We spoke to a person in one of the gift shops who kindly directed us towards the older part of Monaco, which is where we were going to find the Grimaldi statue. Little did we know that the only way to get to Vieux Monaco is by climbing A LOT of stairs, they even had automatic defibrillators all over the place, so we were in for quite the climb. Luckily there were rest areas along the way to catch your breath and more importantly, admire the stunning views, as we climbed higher and higher, the views got better and better. We only spent a few hours in Monaco (lugging around heavy backpacks full of the treasures we found in Italy that morning), but it was still one of my favorite parts of the entire trip. We found Grimaldi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois_Grimaldi) at the very end of our ascent, just outside of the Royal Palace, we also checked out an amazing cathedral (no pictures allowed) a botanical garden full of statues and took in some more stunning views along the coast. Here are some of my favorite shots!