Monaco is a very small country but it’s certainly not short of things to do. Monaco is the world’s second smallest country, but it’s well known around the world for Grand Prix and for the late Princess Grace of Monaco. Outside of these things, there’s so much that makes Monaco a worthwhile place to visit. I had the chance to see Monaco while on a quick trip to Nice, France and I decided to give a full day of my short time there to visiting Monaco.
My recent trip to France was a very last minute plan. The opportunity came up 3 days beforehand and I decided to go for it. When you cut out travelling time, I really only had two days to explore, so one day went to Nice, the other on a day trip to Monaco.
With the short time frame in mind, I centred my exploring in Nice around the old town, or Vieux Nice. This is where most of the things I wanted to see and do were, and it’s compact enough that it could all be covered in a day. This really is a great city to visit, with friendly locals, stunning views, and plenty to see and do.
As soon as I found out about Libreria Acqua Alta before our trip to Venice, I knew that I had to go and see it. It had all the elements to make it my kinda place – first of all, it’s a bookstore, and I’m always happy to visit a bookstore. But it also sounded like the strangest and most wonderful bookstore I’d ever heard of. Libreria Acqua Alta means “High Water Bookshop”. In Italy’s floating city, this can only mean one thing – when a combination of high tide and a wind from the Adriatic forces extra water into the lagoon, this bookshop gets flooded along with many streets. What is one supposed to do with books to protect from water damage and a business to keep open regardless of the weather? Apparently, find a few gondolas and bathtub or two that no one is using anymore, and you’ve got yourself a solution.