A Tour of Magical Monte Carlo
In order for this tour to operate, a minimum of 6 travelers is required, per departure. In the event this minimum isn’t met, we will advise you in advance of your tour departure so that we can assist you with choosing another exciting GoBe tour optionSome shops are closed from 1-3 pm and all day on Sundays. Viva la siesta. The sun is very strong, be sure you are well protected. A small backpack may be useful for all your purchases.
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It's full of glitz, glamour, and not just a little scandal. Monaco, that tiny principality hugging the Riviera, oozes wealth – from the harbor of ginormous yachts to the palatial hillside villas overlooking the sea.
Just hearing "Monte Carlo" conjures up images of a tuxedoed James Bond introducing himself at the baccarat table, Princess Grace posing beside her prince in her finest couture frocks, or George Clooney plotting Grand Casino larceny. So seeing Monte Carlo is a bit of a fantasy come true. Its residents are some of the world's wealthiest people, and they act like it. Adopt a Grace-like grace, some Cary Grant thievish charm, and you'll fit right in. (An air of aloof privilege will do in a pinch.)
Of course, there's no privilege quite like living at the Palace du Prince. It's been home to the Grimaldi family since they captured Monaco in 1297. Sitting atop the Rock of Monaco, this former fortress was completely restored by Prince Rainier III after his accession in 1949. He'd inherited a mess: The country was bankrupt, and his mother –the illegitimate daughter of the Prince of Monaco and a cabaret singer – took a notorious jewel thief as a lover and divorced her husband. But the Prince turned things around, returning the luster to a country tarnished by scandal and neglect. It didn't hurt that he married Hollywood royalty, firmly establishing the second-smallest nation in the world as its premier glamour capital.
Murder in Monaco
Helene Pastor was the richest woman in Monaco, matriarch of the most powerful dynastic clan after the Grimaldis, when she was assassinated by a man with a sawed-off shotgun in 2014. Rumors of blackmail and organized crime whirled like a roulette wheel until her son-in-law confessed to ordering the hit, no doubt motivated by the prospect of his wife's $23 billion inheritance. He retracted the confession a week later.
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