The Principality of Monaco is the second smallest country in the world located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and has been ruled by the Grimaldi family for over 700 years.
People often label Monaco as the home of the rich and famous. However, anyone who spends a significant time in the Principality can understand its much deeper values and its commitments to safeguard the Monegasque heritage as well as its family values.
Being home to over 120 nationalities and hosting more than 700 events in a year, this small country offers a true cultural hub which also reflects on its heritage. The exceptional Monte Carlo Ballet, the Monaco Philharmonic Orchestra and prestigious events such as the Bal de Rose and the Red Cross Gala are also contributing factors that make Monaco a highly glamorous and sophisticated destination.
Monaco has contributed to some of the most important social and environmental issues in the World. The Sovereign Prince, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II is a committed campaigner for the environment, implementing many initiatives and projects in Monaco and is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development on a global scale.
Monaco is also part of the European Monetary Zone, called the Eurozone. However Monaco is not a member of the European Union. The European Union respects the identity and the rules of the Principality and it allows harmonious economic development to the benefit of both parties.
This role model, zero-debt country offers a home for almost 38,000 residents, including 9,000 Monegasques. The community of the Principality offers solace and safety for many international athletes, innovators, scientists, influential business leaders and entrepreneurs. With an average life expectancy of 85 years, one of the lengthiest in the World, one can understand why Monaco is voted as one of the happiest places to live on earth.
Safety and Family values
Amongst the most positive aspects of the Principality of Monaco is the care and the security that it offers for its residents. Monaco has the largest police force in the World per capita. Its security is among the main key factors for many people to move to Monaco. Not surprisingly, the Principality of Monaco also has the most millionaires and billionaires per capita in the World, all attracted by the safety and security guarantees.
The Grimaldi family and the Monégasque people share strong respect and mutual support for each other and for their resident guests. It is rare to find a bond like this in other countries, especially a bond which has remained so strong throughout the past centuries.
There has been recent joy in family affairs in the Principality. Monaco’s beloved Princely couple, the Sovereign Prince, H.S.H. Prince Albert II and his beloved wife H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco celebrated the birth of twins on 10th December 2014, namely H.S.H. Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie and H.S.H. Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier. This has strengthened family values and focuses the Principality of Monaco to the future. By starting a family, the Prince and the Princess have proclaimed a new era for the Principality.
Without doubt, Monaco offers outstanding lifestyle values for all its family members and in its multi-cultural and busy environment, the Principality furthermore offers a high standard and internationally recognised educational system.
People often visit Monaco to realise their dreams, even just for a day. For hundreds of years, this exceptional place has attracted not just tourists but the most colourful personalities. Many of the residents of the Principality of Monaco work with each other in the community where they make positive global change.
Monaco does not just merge cultural diversity, it also creates a platform to unite diverse interests. This is clearly reflected by the fact that Monaco’s two square kilometre territory is the home to 120 different nationalities. This makes the Principality of Monaco a multi-national hub on the southern shore of Mediterranean Europe.
Monaco offers a combination of unique advantages in an integrated way, which makes the Principality a special place in Europe. This tiny country with its small population offers exceptional security and safety, a profitable fiscal system, political and economic stability, as well as exceptionally good weather conditions throughout the year.
Few people know that Monaco is not just a pioneering region in the field of sustainability but it has always had a strong role in the innovation sector. It is widely known that Monaco was a pioneer in the history of the casino industry but it is much less known that Monaco was a key site that attracted numerous innovators of the aviation world.
This started in 1908 when Camille Blanc suggested to Prince Albert I of Monaco that they should organise a major flying competition in the Principality. In 1911, Henri Fabre flew over the Port of Monaco in his seaplane, putting on a unique show for spectators who had flocked to the Casino terraces, before his plane unfortunately crashed on the rocks. Later in 1914, Monaco was the arrival point for the first air rally, inspired by automobile rallies.
In 1921 Monaco held its last flying competition. The activity was abandoned due to the lack of space to accommodate the ever-growing crowds of spectators. Monaco was proud to have played an important part in aviation history for a decade.
More recently, the Palace has turned its hand to marine protection, evolving a green environment and sustainability. In June 2006, H.S.H. Prince Albert II established his foundation (Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco) with the purpose of protecting the environment and encouraging sustainable development. Noting the remarkable efforts of the Prince, many Monaco based companies are committed to follow in his footsteps. The decision to drive cleaner vehicles, to create solar energy, to build waste-water treatment plants, all represent key aspects of a modern and sustainable region. Monaco’s green environment and its global efforts attract millions of people from around the world.
The Principality of Monaco motivates people to change at a global level.
Glamour and Fascination
The Principality of Monaco has always represented elegance and luxury dating back hundreds of years.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Monaco was an attraction for Russian nobility. The Principality’s prosperity, and particularly that of the casinos, was in large due to the Russian community.
Since 1909 the Principality of Monaco has hosted its world famous „Russian Ballet“. Since then it has been through several rebirths to maintain its notability and with the arrival of Jean-Christophe Maillot in 1993, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo joined the ranks of the World’s most renowned ballet companies.
One of the most amazing fascinations of the Principality was glorified by actor and director Eric von Stroheim, who built a perfect replica of the Place du Casino in Hollywood at the Universal Studios in 1922. His attention to detail thoroughly captured the atmosphere of Monte Carlo for the movie Foolish Wives (Folies de femmes).
The movie stirred up an American fascination with Monte Carlo, thirty years before the legendary royal marriage that linked the two nations in April 1956, which was Monaco‘s own fairy tale.
Since then, Monaco has become the location of choice for many film directors searching for genuinely dreamlike and elegant settings.
The Principality has had a long relationship with the brightest celebrities and sport personalities. The building of the legendary Monte Carlo Country Club was inspired by Suzanne Lenglen, who was the number one ladies’ tennis player in the world in the 1920’s, dominating the sport by having only lost 4 sets during her 7 year career.
And the Principality cares for its celebrity visitors. Josephine Baker was one such recipient, who was a huge star and possibly the world’s first Afro-American celebrity. After great success, she had greater bad-luck and racial issues and by the mid-1960s, Josephine had used up her entire fortune. A period of dark days overwhelmed her and her children, when Brigitte Bardot and Princess Grace personally came to her help. Bardot helped her financially and then Princess Grace invited her to Monaco, helping with funds raised at galas held in the Principality, offering her a home for life.
Amongst the most famous and internationally recognised people to be connected to the Principality was Sir Winston Churchill, who loved Monaco and often visited. As early as 1945, he regulary enjoyed staying at the Hôtel de Paris for Monaco‘s famous New Year festivities.
Almost every week there is a new and exciting international event in the Principality and so one can always find something for one’s taste. It is fascinating, and one can observe the enormous efforts that the Monaco Government goes to with its various commitments on an international level, making the Principality an important player in global entertainment and corporate business.
The Principality of Monaco has always had a rich history in gastronomy, due to a national desire to provide excellence to its residents and visitors.
Traditional Monegasque cuisine is influenced by French culture and its main recipes are based on fresh vegetables, rice and seafood.
Barbagiuan is a pastry considered a national speciality of the Principality of Monaco, produced from rice, cheese, leek and pumpkin or spinach. Most local appetisers in the Principality of Monaco are made from either fruits or vegetables.
One of France’s most popular and delightful desserts, the „Crêpe Suzette“ was evolved in the Principality at the end of the 19th century.
The recipe of this delightful pancake soaked in Grand Marnier was invented by chance at the Café de Paris during one of the visits of the Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VII of England. He was a frequent and enthusiastic visitor of Monaco and whilst having lunch one day at the Café de Paris, Chef Carpentier was preparing pancakes with a liqueur when suddenly the contents of the frying pan burst into flames.
The Prince of Wales was enchanted by the spectacle and asked the chef what the recipe was called. Caught off guard but coming quickly to his senses, the chef admitted that the recipe had been invented for the occasion but suggested off the cuff that the pancakes be called „Princely Crêpes“.
In a gesture of gallantry, the Prince of Wales proposed that the dessert be named after the charming young woman he had invited to lunch, whose name was Suzette.
The Principality of Monaco has always attracted entrepreneurs, whose desire and ambitions drive them to achieve more to prove their commitment and excellence in their own fields, a great example being Alain Ducasse, one of the greatest chefs in the World. In 1987 the late H.S.H. Prince Rainier III requested Alain Ducasse to take over the management of the kitchens at the Hôtel de Paris, the prestigious establishment owned by Monte Carlo SBM. Alain Ducasse’s assignment was to achieve three stars in the Michelin Guide for the hotel’s main restaurant. Thanks to commitment and passion with his Mediterranean cuisine and being inspired by excellence at the highest level, the Restaurant Louis XV run by Alain Ducasse was awarded its third Michelin star in 1990.
This was the first step to a gastronomical change in the Principality of Monaco.
Alain Ducasse’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine became his signature by the end of the 20th century and it still strikes a subtle balance between location, tradition and innovation.
Alain Ducasse brought culinary class to Monaco and the bar has been rising ever since with other great gastronomical geniuses building on these foundations, including Joël Robuchon. (died on August 6, 2018)
Chef Robuchon, the „Chef of the Century“ held 28 Michelin stars and is internationally famous for the relentless perfection that he dedicates to his cuisine. This has helped to turn the Principality of Monaco into a world class and unique culinary capital.
And a gastronomical revolution still lives on thanks to numerous other Michelin star chefs, who strive to push the boundaries of what can be achieved and who are cultivating the Principality with their excellence.
To further develop this growth, the Principality of Monaco hosts various gastronomical events each year to showcase its culinary heritage and to offer a platform for innovation to develop.
With the Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book, you have unique access to ten of the finest and most iconic restaurants in the Principality of Monaco, where you can discover the excellence that the region delivers.
Living in Monaco
It is available for purchase in English at: http://amzn.com/1496107004
The author Zsolt Szemerszky intended to hunt down the myth around Monaco and to go beyond gossips. Zsolt is also know by releasing Monaco’s first gourmand book. The Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco was launch last December 2016 as the number one release in wine pairing at Amazon.com allows gastronomy lovers to discover the excellence of the Principality of Monaco thanks to recipes and interviews with Executive Chefs who hold together over 50 Michelin stars.
However Living in Monaco is significantly different from his other books. It is not a travel book, it is an ultimate guideline to those who are aiming to get a glimpse about the real Monaco and who have the desire to relocate their personal or business life to the Principality.
The book explains the benefits of the relocation (both for private and business reasons), the life quality in the Principality, and reveals how can one capitalise the unseen treasures and business potentials of Monaco. The “Relocation and what it takes” chapter also explains all the tiny details, traps, tips and best practices while it offers a detailed overview of the administrative mechanism of the Principality.
One of the interesting part of the book is the second part which focuses on the people, the opportunities, and the traps in Monaco. It offers a first hand guidance to avoid to fell for the catchy wordings and the illusions of luxury. Understanding the real-life examples one can truly enjoy the Principality with all its safety and protective legal systems for families and businesses.
The book is available for purchase in English at: http://amzn.com/1496107004
Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco
Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco is a distinctive publication highlighting the exceptional culinary scene of the Principality of Monaco.
Monaco’s first gourmand book was launch December 2016 as the number one release in wine pairing at Amazon.com allows gastronomy lovers to discover the excellence of the Principality of Monaco thanks to recipes and interviews with Executive Chefs who hold together over 50 Michelin stars.
Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco is a distinctive publication highlighting the exceptional culinary scene of the Principality, whilst focusing on gastronomical specialities and offering an overview of the heritage of Monaco.
Thanks to the invaluable help from the Monaco Government Tourist Office in New York and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, authors Bradley Mitton and Zsolt Szemerszky are showcasing the most excellent restaurants in Monaco. This culinary guide offers its readers a unique experience as they offer a rare insight into the characters and personalities behind these wonderful gastronomical locations.
This is an exceptional joint effort thanks to the supportive chefs include Alain Ducasse, Benoît Witz, Christophe Cussac, Christophe Dupuy, Dominique Lory, Jean-Claude Brugel, Joël Robuchon, Marcel Ravin, Paolo Sari, Philippe Joannès and Takéo Yamasaki as well as accommodating sommeliers including Damien Borghi, Noël Bajor, Frédéric Woelffle and Massimo Sacco.
The publication is available international delivery through Amazon.com.