This is a small collection of Sandalsand’s pictures from Monaco. I will have to make it back to the city-state sometime.
If you look up all articles from Monaco, you will only find a regular travelogue. Before you do anything else, start with these pictures from Monaco.
Afterwards, find more photo galleries on Sandalsand.
Learn about the country on Wikipedia. Here is a moderated excerpt:
Monaco is a sovereign city-state and microstate on the French Riviera a few kilometres west of the Italian region of Liguria, in Western Europe, on the Mediterranean Sea. It borders France to the north, east and west. The principality is home to 38,682 residents, of whom 9,486 are Monégasque nationals; it is one of the most expensive and wealthiest places in the world. The official language of the principality is French. In addition, Monégasque (a dialect of Ligurian), Italian and English are spoken and understood by many residents.
Monaco covers an area of 2.1 km2. It is the second-smallest sovereign state in the world, after Vatican City. Its 19,009 inhabitants per square kilometre also make it the most densely-populated sovereign state in the world.
The principality is a form of constitutional monarchy, with Prince Albert II as head of state. He wields immense political power despite his constitutional status. Key members of the judiciary in Monaco are detached French magistrates. The House of Grimaldi has ruled Monaco, with brief interruptions, since 1297.
Economic development spurred in the late 19th century with the opening of the state’s first casino, the Monte Carlo Casino, as well as a railway connection to Paris. Since then, Monaco’s mild climate, scenery, and gambling facilities have contributed to the principality’s status as a tourist destination and recreation centre for the rich. In more recent years, Monaco has become a major banking centre and has sought to diversify its economy into the services sector and small, high-value-added, non-polluting industries. Monaco is famous as a tax haven: the principality has no personal income tax and low business taxes.