The Monaco City Guide

LOCATION: MONACO

Monaco is the small country located in southern France upon the coast. Known for its grand prix, famous casino and expensive harbour full of luxurious boats the little country has lots to offer. Although the country is the second smallest in the world being only 2km square it is home to the most millionaires and billionaires within one country and with a population of over 36,000 it is also the most densely populated country within the world. The colourful buildings, bright blue sea and quant hilly streets however will have you falling in love with the country.

Being such a small country and a playground for millionaires and billionaires the country can however be rather expensive to spend the night in. Luckily we was able to visit the country for the day while visiting Nice, France. Being only 14 miles away you are able to drive or get the train from Nice to Monte Carlo in 30-45 minutes.
Getting to Monaco . . .

Flying: Monaco unfortunately does not have its own airport to fly into. This means you will have to fly into the closest airport to Monaco which is Nice. However only being 14 miles away this is not unlike flying to any country and making your way to your hotel. The only downside of flying into Nice to get to Monaco is if you plan on using public transport. Although the train is super easy to use there is not a station located at the airport so you will have to leave the airport and walk to the closest station - St Augustin, Nice. This is approximately half a mile and a 15 minute walk. Perfect if you need to stretch your legs after a long flight, however not so perfect if you just want to get to your hotel.

Driving: Monaco has multiple roads where you can enter the country. Whether you are traveling from Nice, in land France or even Italy. Driving into the country is simple as long as you know the way and don't mind driving up and down a few hills. However bare in mind that some roads require you to pay tolls.

Train: This may be one of the easiest ways to get into the country. You don't need to worry about finding your own way into the country, just make sure that you jump on the right train. With trains from Nice and Italy you are able to get a train from either side of the country effortlessly. We got a train from Nice to Monte Carlo which was super easy and cheap. With tickets from just 3.60 euros each way and an average journey time of 25 minutes. Along the way you are able to see the sea and the towering hills as you make your way into a new country.
Getting around in Monaco . . .

Although the country is only 2km square you still have a wide variety of options to get around the country to see everything. Known as the millionaires playground the country is home to breath-taking buildings; beautiful views and lots of fun things to see and do. With lots going on and lots to explore you need the best way for you to get around and see everything you want to see.

Tour buses: This is a great idea if you would like to see all of the sights using just the one type of transport. The bus enables you to see multiple sights and hop on and off as you wish during the route. With 12 stops you are able to see all the best sights that the country has to offer. This could be with a one day ticket or a two day ticket depending on how long you are visiting for. Being an open top bus you can also admire the views from up higher or inside on a colder day. The bus allows you to see everything you want to see without tiring your legs.

Walking: Of course this is probably the most tiring option to get around the country, however it may be the best option if you want to see the country. We find that when we explore somewhere on foot we are able to see more of the place and experience what it is like for the locals. Whether this means walking up a steep hill to visit the palace but being able to experience the breath-taking views on the way or walking the length of the harbour to see all the extraordinary boats. In Monaco walking to your destination can be hard work due to the hills and the heat if it is a nice day but the views and sights you are able to see on foot are definitely worth the walk.

Cycling: If you want to use your own type of transport and don't fancy walking then hiring a bike to explore the country can be perfect. Cycling enables you the freedom to explore where you wish at your own pace and see sights along the way. However being Monaco bare in mind that it is very hilly and can be harder work than you think.

Taxi: This can be a rather expensive option and will leave you sitting in traffic longer than you are moving. With the country not being too big public transport can work out much faster and cheaper than a private taxi.
What to see . . .

Although the country is only small there are lots of sights to see and places to visit. With the grand prix being a big attraction for the country even quiet streets are worth seeing. The colourful buildings and delicate winding streets overlooking the crystal blue sea and ginormous boats make the country very pretty.  

Grand Prix Monaco: The Grand Prix is a formula one motor race which takes place through the streets of Monaco. Due to the small winding streets the course is known as a narrow but glamorous and prestige course. Being home to the grand prix the country does also attract expensive and impressive cars all year round even when the grand prix isn't on.  

Prince's Palace of Monaco: The Palace of Monaco is located at the top of one of Monaco's many hills overlooking the harbour and out to sea. Home to Grimaldi family the palace is highly guarded and can only be entered with a tour ticket. The ticket allows you to enter certain rooms within the palace to admire the history and architecture. However if you do not have a ticket or do not wish to go inside the Palace is still worth the visit due to its pretty location and stunning buildings. This is a rather busy attraction which is popular to go and visit when in Monaco.

Monte Carlo Casino: Known as the millionaires playground Monaco is home to a few casinos, one of these being the Monte Carlo Casino. Located at casino square the casino is one of the prettiest buildings and must see sights when in the country. Open 2pm-4am the casino is only accessible with i.d and the correct attire.

Les Pavillons Monte Carlo: This is the white domed shopping walk photographed below. Home to some of the best designer shops you can find the shopping walk is for those who do not have a budget.
We was able to find some of the prettiest buildings upon the hill which is home to the palace.
Important information . . .

When visiting a new country it is always helpful to know a little bit about the place you are visiting. Even if you only find out the basic information you need to know you will be well on your way to having the best time in Monaco. Although Monaco is its own country there is not too much that you need to know when entering from France. These basic tips and information will help you get started:

  • Passport - Although Monaco is a different country you do not need a passport to get in. However it would be a great idea to take yours along with you for i.d to get into any casinos.

  • Accommodation - If you only plan on spending the one day in Monaco it would be cheaper to find accommodation in Nice which is only a half hour journey.

  • Language - Due to Monaco bordering France the majority of the Monaco population speak French alongside very good English.

  • Currency - The currency used within the country is euros, which is perfect if travelling in from France. However you will notice that items are more expensive due to Monaco being an expensive country.
We would love to know what you thought of Monaco? Do you have any recommendations?

Love Chloe and Megan
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Visiting The Smallest Country In The World | Vatican City

LOCATION: VATICAN CITY

Vatican City is the small country located within Rome. Being only 0.44 kilometres squared the country is the smallest in the world. Being so small the country does not have its own airport meaning you will have to travel into the country from Rome. Although small once you are in the country you will not find it small with all the breath-taking buildings and sights to see.

The little country within Rome is known for its many religious sights and home to the Pope! 
(If you are not a religious person do not worry you will be sure to love seeing the sights anyway)
Sights to see . . . 

Everywhere you look within Vatican City there is a new and more amazing building or monument. Although all of the sights are different and unique it can get quite confusing working out which building is which. This is due to the similar colour of the buildings due to the building materials used. If you are like us and seem to get confused about which building is which due to the magnitude of buildings within the city, here is a guide to help you: 

Vatican Museum - The vatican museum is full of the prettiest art paintings and historical ceramic statues and vases. This is the museum which you should visit if you would like to learn more about Vatican City and its history. Through the art work pieces you will be able to learn about important periods of history and the emotions behind the work.

The museum is open to everyone with a valid ticket. These can be purchased online or on the day in the museum. However bare-in-mind that the museum does get very busy and can take a while to enter if you need to que for a ticket. Make sure you also check the website before visiting as opening days and times can change and certain days (the last Sunday of the month) are free entry for everyone. 

Sistine Chapel - This little chapel is one of the most well known and well visited within the world. Constructed in 1483 the historic chapel is painted beautifully by Michelangelo. The chapel is located within the Apostolic Palace which is the official home of the Pope. This is accessible through the Vatican Museum and St Peter's Basilica. If you are entering through the museum you will however have to pay to enter the museum first. It is free to enter St Peter's Basilica and then go inside Sistine Chapel. 

St Peter's Basilica - This is the spectacular domed building located in St Peter's Square. This is an Italian church which is situated within the middle of Vatican City. With free entry the church is a very popular attraction. You are able to go inside the church and then inside Sistine chapel. However due to the church being free to enter it can be busy. During our visit the que was approximately 3 hours long - therefore we did not have the time to go inside, so make sure you get there early. 

Piazza San Pietro (St Peter's Square) - This is the large square outside of St Peter's Basilica. The square is large to hold lots of people when the pope has an appearance and large to offer amazing views of the Basilica - Perfect if you want a breath-taking photo. 
Tip: This stunning staircase can be photographed inside the Vatican Museum. 
Important information . . . 


  • Clothing - due to the country being religious you cannot enter certain buildings with your shoulders/chest and legs/knees out. Make sure you wear suitable clothing which comes below the knees and covers your shoulders/chest. Alternately you can wear a pashmina/scarf across your shoulders/chest when inside. 

  • Pre-booking - if there are certain buildings which you would like to go inside in Vatican City then it would be advised to pre-book. The buildings are very popular and can take quite a while to get into if you need to buy a ticket on the day. Pre-booking will save time and money. 

We would love to know what you thought of Vatican City? Have you visited? 

Love Chloe and Megan 



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Best Instagram Spots in Las Vegas

Everywhere you turn in Las Vegas you will be welcomed by perfect instagram spots!

The busy city is perfect for instagram photos; whether you want busy scenery photos; simple photos which focus on you or even the best foodie pictures . . . Vegas has it all! If you are looking for a perfect instagram destination, then Las Vegas is the place for you.

With no plan in place for what instagram photos we wanted to get, everything we have shared has been a spur of the moment photo. This has allowed us to capture the emotions of the moment and take photos that we truly love.

Although you are probably thinking that with so much to see and do, instagram photos will be easy to find and take . . . well let us show you where to find the best ones . . .

Every hotel in Vegas is amazing! You will be amazed by the size of everything, and the astonishing architecture of the hotels. Every hotel is unique and different. One minute you are in a hotel which has architecture like New York sites and the next you could be inside a medieval inspired castle.  

With lots of amazing sights the hardest choice you will have, will be deciding where to take your photos . . .

New York, New York

The New York, New York hotel is one of the most elaborate hotels within Vegas. It stands out to passers by, and is hard to miss due to the magnitude of New York inspired architecture and statues on the walkway. From the Brooklyn bridge to Statue of liberty; if you are looking for iconic instagram photos then this is the location for you. Whether you have been to NY and want to take similar photos in Vegas or have never been to NY and want to get your first photos. This may have been one of our favourite hotels for instagram shots!

Paris

Yet again another iconic city, the Paris hotel is home to some replicas of well-known Parisian structures. The hotel building itself is a classic, yet elegant structure. But in-front of this you will find the Eiffel tower, which due to its large size can be seen from far away. This makes it perfect to get far away photos from across the road at Bellagio.

The Paris hotel also has the iconic Arc de Triomphe structure replica which is perfect to pose in front of and a Paris sign in the shape of the Montgolfier balloon.

With lots of stunning architecture the Paris hotel is perfect for any shot, day or night!

Flamingo

The flamingo hotel is another great spot for quirky instagram photos. With neon pink signs, a giant pink flamingo and real flamingos in the gardens!

Whether you love flamingos or not, the hotel has some pretty amazing instagram opportunities!

You will find the real flamingos inside the gardens in the hotel; here you can get instagram photos of just the flamingos, or if it isn't too busy you can get shots of you as well. The giant flamingo structure is located at the door on the back, where the food street is. The flaming is hard to miss!
One of our favourite instagram photos . . .

The sprinkles cupcake ATM is not only a Vegas photo opportunity, with stores in lots of big cities across America. However it is always a photo opportunity when we come across an ATM.

The ATM, being pretty and pink is perfect to brighten up your instagram and get a delicious cake!  
Outside the city . . .

If you are heading outside of the city then you will have endless instagram photo opportunities. Have a look at our posts to see what photos we got:  

Seven Magic Mountains: here

Red Rock Canyon vs Valley of Fire: here

Las Vegas sign

This is probably one of the best instagram photos! The most iconic Vegas photo you could wish for. 

Just make sure you go early to miss the queues!
We would love to hear your favourite instagram spots in Las Vegas? Did you prefer hotels in the city or scenery outside the city?

Love Chloe and Megan

Red Rock Canyon Vs Valley Of Fire

Your only in Vegas for a small period of time and want to know which national park you should visit. We'll here is everything you need to know about both so you can make the decision which is best for you.

We where able to make a full day of it and visit both within the same day. Purely for the reason that we wanted to see both but didn't have the time to have our hire car for any longer. It wasn't a problem though as they are both easy to get to and the drive didn't feel too long as we had amazing scenery to keep up entertained. 
Red rock canyon
Red rock canyon is a national park just outside of Las Vegas and it is well worth the visit. To take in the views at this national park you can drive along a one way 13 mile scenic drive which has several different parking areas to get out and join some beautiful hiking trails.

There is a fee to enter the national park and drive the scenic drive. If you have a car full the price works out very reasonable and once you enter you can stay all day long.
check out Red rocks canyon fee page for all the prices for your visit.

There is a campsite if you wish to stay and appreciate the views for even longer; giving you the time to explore different trails and make a holiday of it. All the information about the campsite can be found on their website. (Give it a look before your visit)

Don't worry if you're not up for hiking you can get amazing views just from your car. There are also benches around so you can get out and have a sit down. The bench above looks like it is just facing the rock surface but if you look carefully you can see someone rock climbing which could be interesting to watch. 

If you're visiting at a meal time you will need to bring food with you as there is no where to purchase anything. Remember to bring plenty of water if you are visiting when its very hot and especially if you are following a hiking trail. 
Valley of fire
Valley of fire is another national park just outside of Las Vegas. This national park is a little bit of a further drive and is on the edge of Utah.
Just like Red rock canyon there is an entrance fee to pay to enter the park but it is charged per vehicle so isn't too bad and totally worth it for the amazing views. Once you have paid your entry fee you are free to explore and take a drive around. There is a visitors centre if you wish to buy any souvenirs or find out more information about the park from the helpful staff.
If you wish to camp at Valley of fire they have a fully set up campsite with all the facilities for a small price per night. This way you can explore all this national park has to offer in your own time. 

There are several different points of interest to see while visiting. We didn't have a particular place in mind we wanted to see so we just had a drove around and stopped at a couple of different parking areas to get out and explore. 
We would defffinatly recommend checking our their website to make sure you don't miss anything though. 
If you have the time or you'r going to see what else is in Nevada other then Las Vegas you can find some great hotels near the nation parks. Here are a few that we recommend.

Recommended hotels
Red rock canyon

Valley of fire

We hope that which ever national park you choose (or if you visit both) you love them as much as we do and have the best time exploring and seeing the amazing scenery that Nevada has to offer.

Tag us on Instagram so we can see your snaps.

Love Chloe and Megan 

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