The Japanese Garden, a free-to-enter oasis, small but perfectly formed.
These photos show the fairly limited range of sightseeing in this tiny principality embedded in France as they were all taken one September day between 11am and 7pm. Admittedly I didn’t visit any museums and there are plenty of interest. The Oceanographic Museum, the Museum of Napoleonic Souvenirs in Monaco-Ville, the National Museum of Automatons and Dolls of Yesteryear in Monte-Carlo, the Museum of Antique Automobiles in Fontvieille (Prince Albert’s personal collection).
I also didn’t spend any time gambling, lying around on Monaco beach, visiting the zoo, watching an outdoor movie, riding the hop-on, hop-off bus or lazing in a mega-yacht’s jacuzzi smoking dope with a crew of spectacular ladies (mainly because no one invited me).
I did however spend longer in Jardin Exotique than I should have, traveled on the superb buses a fair bit for little cost and stopped for a short lunch and drinks later in the afternoon.
So. . . bottom line is a tourist on France’s Côte d’Azur could visit for a day and have a fun time, though budgeting two or three days would cover some museum time and a lot more relaxation.
For easy sightseeing take the little Azur Express tourist train if your ego can handle the embarrassing vehicle for a 30 minute ride around the main sights, with multi-lingual commentary. Alternatively go for very efficient €2 public buses or use the Hop-On, Hop-Off, Open-Air-Tour bus service. And that’s quite enough hyphens for one sentence.