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Visiting Monaco in the French Riviera
If you have only an afternoon in Monaco head directly to its famous "Rock" (Le Rocher). Time your visit to witness the impressive changing of the guards ceremony in front of the Palace at 12 noon daily. It is also at le Rock that you will find the Prince's Palace as well as the Cathedral (where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were buried) and the Oceanographic Museum which houses an astounding collection of aquaria on marine life, especially deep-sea predators. Just across the road from the museum is a small train waiting to take you for a 30-minute guided tour through the principality.
Another attraction in Monaco is the Exotic Garden (Jardin Exotique). Here you will find an immense collection of exotic plants that blend harmoniously with the landscape. Be prepared to do a lot of walking though (mostly downwards though eventually you'll have to climb all the way to the top again!)
If you are brave enough to go some 60m below you'll be rewarded with a cave that keeps intact the stalagmites and stalactites that have formed over the centuries.
Note: Click on any photo below to reproduce its original size and press the F11 button on your keyboard to fill the whole screen (press F11 again to go back to where you were). All the photos were taken in May 2010.