The Truth About Monaco

I know nobody asked me but that’s never stopped me before. So let me tell you my honest opinion about the city-state of Monaco.

The short version? It’s soulless.

There, I said it. It’s not just that it is an entire country dedicated to hedonistic self-indulgence, meeting the needs of the world’s most ridiculously rich people, only has one public beach, and is tax haven for people who should be paying more taxes than anyone….ok, I take it back, those are pretty good reasons.

just for the lulz
just for the lulz

Even if you’re not against all the aforementioned things I just think that a country that serves as the playground for people with a lot of money doesn’t have that much to offer in terms of soulful-ness. I went there completely unprejudiced, even curious to see what the fuss is about, but to be honest I can’t say that the sight of a casino made my heart skip a beat.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s actually really beautiful

Seriously, how's the water so blue?!
Seriously, how’s the water so blue?!

and I had a lot of fun there, especially at the castle on the hill. But I just feel like underneath all that beauty, there’s not really a whole lot. And all that beauty can also be found 20 min away in Nice and other coastal French towns (though to be honest, the bus ride from Nice to Monaco is so beautiful it makes everything worth it).

My advice? Go there because you should never close yourself to exploring a place. I’m just saying I wouldn’t really go again.

But if you go, check out the Japanese Gardens

Monaco Japanese Garden

Have you ever been to Monaco? What did you think?

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14 thoughts on “The Truth About Monaco

  1. Many will say the same of the city state where I live 🙂 Not that it is the playground of the celebrities and the rich, but souless. But even so, I can piece together some bits here and there to adequately form an identity. I’m just not sure if I like it. LOL! I would think it is the same for Monaco.
    It is on my bucket list, and I guess I am sufficiently curious about the microstate to want to check it out at some point.

    1. Where are you from?! I was thinking about that when I was writing the post: Did I miss something deeper that locals understand and feel?

      Yeah I think it’s bucket-list worthy, gotta try it before you knock it, right?

      1. oh cool! I’ve never heard anyone describe Singapore as soulless, it definitely seems like it has a lot more to offer than Monaco!

    1. yes exactly! I wanna go everywhere and I think it’s important to form your own opinions so I’m happy I went, I just feel like I don’t really need to go again…

  2. The only good thing about Monaco (except the Jap gardens) is a jazzy concert at Sporting Club, when the roof slides back to shower you with starts while Paolo Conte sings away.

    Posh pomp is always soulless ) and ridiculous.

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