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Monaco is an independent microstate on France’s Mediterranean coastline known for its glitzy casinos, yacht-lined harbor and prestigious Grand Prix motor race. Monte Carlo, its major district, has an elegant casino complex, ornate opera house and luxurious hotels, boutiques, nightclubs and restaurants. Monaco-Ville is the old town of Monaco and one of its administrative divisions.
Eze is a medieval village perched like an eagles nest on a narrow rocky peak overlooking the Mediterranean. The ancient village is still crowned with the ruins of its 12th-century fortified castle (torn down in 1706), sitting on a narrow rocky peak. The castle grounds host the well-known Jardin Exotique. The village forms a circular pattern around the base of the castle. The old buildings and narrow streets are very well restored, with high stone walls and narrow roadways of red-brick centered stone. The narrow roads wend their way upward to the Jardin Exotique Panorama.

Fort du Mont Alban built between 1557 and 1560 on a hill overlooking Nice, France.

Fort du Mont Alban built between 1557 and 1560 on a hill overlooking Nice, France.

Candid moment taking pictures looking south at Villefranche-sur-Mer just east of Nice, France.

Candid moment taking pictures looking south at Villefranche-sur-Mer just east of Nice, France.

Stunning Mediterranean waters looking south at Villefranche-sur-Mer just east of Nice, France.

Stunning Mediterranean waters looking south at Villefranche-sur-Mer just east of Nice, France.

Eze, France viewed from the north. The orange building is the Church of Eze dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption.

Eze, France viewed from the north.  The orange building is the Church of Eze dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption.

Roadside fountain in Monaco along the Gran Prix Route.

Roadside fountain in Monaco along the Gran Prix Route.

Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Monaco which was opened in 1863.

Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Monaco which was opened in 1863.

Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Monaco which was opened in 1863. The balcony of the Diamond Suite Charles Garnier is visible on the second floor in this picture.

Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Monaco which was opened in 1863.   The balcony of the Diamond Suite Charles Garnier is visible on the second floor in this picture.

Oceanographic Museum (Musée Océanographique) of marine sciences in Monaco-Ville, Monaco.

Oceanographic Museum (Musée Océanographique) of marine sciences in Monaco-Ville, Monaco.

Palais de Justice, Monaco.

Palais de Justice, Monaco.

View of Monte Carlo, Monaco and its harbor.

View of Monte Carlo, Monaco and its harbor.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception), Monaco.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception), Monaco.

Statue entitled "Invitation" in St. Martin Gardens, Monaco.

Statue entitled "Invitation" in St. Martin Gardens, Monaco.

Fountain in the St. Martin Gardens, Monaco.

Fountain in the St. Martin Gardens, Monaco.

Octopus statue just outside St. Martin Gardens, Monaco next to the Oceanographic Museum.

Octopus statue just outside St. Martin Gardens, Monaco next to the Oceanographic Museum.

Ornate entrance to the Musée Océanographique of marine sciences in Monaco-Ville, Monaco.

Ornate entrance to the Musée Océanographique of marine sciences in Monaco-Ville, Monaco.

The sea side of the Oceanographic Museum (Musée Océanographique) of marine sciences in Monaco-Ville, Monaco.

The sea side of the Oceanographic Museum (Musée Océanographique) of marine sciences in Monaco-Ville, Monaco.

Eze viewed from the northeast and a view of the the Church of Eze dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption.

Eze viewed from the northeast and a view of the the Church of Eze dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption.

Fortified summit of Eze, France.

Fortified summit of Eze, France.

Gateway to Le Chateau de la chevre d'or an expensive luxury hotel on the south side of Eze, France.

Gateway to Le Chateau de la chevre d'or an expensive luxury hotel on the south side of Eze, France.

Statute just inside the gateway to Le Chateau de la chevre d'or an expensive luxury hotel on the south side of Eze, France.

Statute just inside the gateway to Le Chateau de la chevre d'or an expensive luxury hotel on the south side of Eze, France.