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Visiting Monaco During the Grand Prix

By Philippa Burne, UK, November 2013

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It’s fast, loud and all about money: it’s the Monaco Grand Prix. This year the 70th Grand Prix event takes place May 24-27. If you like formula-one car racing head to Monaco then, and if you don’t, avoid the place for a few weeks either side of those dates also.

The race takes over the whole country, or it certainly feels that way. It takes time to turn streets into a racing circuit, so in the weeks leading up to the race grand stands and pit areas are constructed, huge advertising signage goes up, television filming scaffolding is built and streets begin being closed to traffic. It’s all part of the build-up of energy and excitement, but in a country as small as this, the race preparations dominate. The Circuit de Monaco hugs the harbor front – strolling this desirable area of million dollar yachts and international lifestyles become difficult around Grand Prix time. But for those on the yachts or those who love cars, the attraction is the circuit – and the social whirl which accompanies the race.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our French Riviera Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in the French Riviera.

Photo courtesy of Nick J. Webb via Flickr.

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