Saturday, 15 June 2013

Monaco Grand Prix 2013

Hello all,

I've been awol again from blogworld, so many things going on at the moment and a crafty mojo which has taken an elongated holiday and has not returned as yet.

Speaking of holidays, this is what I have dedicated this particular post to; t'other half's birthday present...

As it was an 'occasion' birthday, (with an '0' on the end) a special treat was in order so I surprised him with a trip to the Monaco Grand Prix. (I did get one or two 'good wife' brownie points for this!) I also had an ending in zero birthday four weeks to the day before his, so even though some little car race was going on, I thought should go too and have a mosey about as well as keep him company of course....

We stayed 30 minutes away across the border in Italy so the drive along the coast to Monaco itself was nothing short of spectacular...This was our first glimpse of the Principality...


The views were gorgeous and the sign confirmed we'd arrived in Monaco...I couldn't believe we were actually there...


Saturday was the race qualifying day, so the streets were busy, but nowhere near as crowded on race day itself...

The market square here was a hive of activity. The cafes and bars were packed, people sipping champagne outside in the courtyard whilst large screens showed drivers being interviewed, music played and people shopped at the pop up stalls selling F1 merchandise...


There was also an F1 car there, amazing to see so close...


We sat and had some lunch at the Bar de Monaco, did a spot of people watching, (which was the best place to people watch I have ever been to I have to say!)  and soaked up the sun and atmosphere of the occasion...

Even though it was busy and street access was limited with the circuit taking up quite a bit of the place, we wandered around to take in as much of Monaco as we could. There were so many pop up stalls, plenty of Ferrari red if that's your team of choice...


We headed on up to where we were sat both days and this was our view...The sweeping vista of the harbour was breathtaking...we could also see so many parts of the track from here...


This is the Casino which we could see from our seats, a beautiful building which is spectacular inside by all accounts...


On the way to 'Casino Corner' the drivers drive up a steep incline past this screen, so when we couldn't see places such as the hairpin for example, we could watch the action on the screen opposite us...

This is what we spotted on screen.... Felippe Massa crashing during final practice on Saturday morning...


Upon looking closer, we could see the corner where he came off and spotted his Ferrari being lifted away by the crane...


We had a good view of the pit lane too. This was Jenson Button in his car during a pit stop on Sunday during the race itself...


This is view of the track over the Piscine area, the other side is the 'Diver' bronze statue which towers over the main quay of the harbour...


The noise of these cars was just unbelievable, I was taken aback at how loud they actually were. This was amplified by the enclosure of the harbour where the sound could bounce around..

Either direction your head turned, the views were incredible...this is the far side of the harbour, where the larger ships docked as well as the many smaller boats and yachts to bob about...


This stand pictured offered a great view of the pit lane, but they were missing out on being able to look out across the harbour...what a shame!


The streets were busy no matter which way you turned...


Not that I was there for shopping, but if I were, then the pop up stalls occluded the shops which were surprisingly open - the majority seemed to be anyway.


I didn't know what to expect from Monaco if  I'm honest, what struck me most though, is how beautifully clean it is and what stunning and colourful architecture there is...the ornate balconies were more often than not decorated with colourful plants and topiary, given that space is at a costly premium here and only the mega rich have a garden, even then its likely a roof garden!


Colourful paintings within this relief stonework...so much of this about....


Of course in Monaco what I wasn't surprised at was the abundance of style... not only were there stylish people galore, but even a florists shop simply dripped class and sophistication...


The cupcake flower arrangements were so simple and effective...but sooooo chic....


Even the humble McDonalds (yes McDonalds..!) was gifted with a stunning extra...this view...We stopped off here as there were seats overlooking the marina...so the worlds most picturesque ice cream was had (whilst giving the shoe leather a bit of a breather!)


Of course there was a smidge of sophistication too...champagne sipped whilst watching the Monaco Grand Prix!! It just doesn't get much better than that...


I did manage a couple of purchases...looking forward to getting stuck into this Marie Claire Idees mag when the mojo returns....some nice bits and bobs inside...all with a touch of French style....


In all, we had an experience we''ll never forget. T'other half is still enjoying telling all and sundry what his wife got him for his 'occasion' birthday - and I am still benefitting from the brownie points gained !!

BH x

12 comments:

  1. Oh how fabulous! Last time we were in Monaco was just a few days before the GP a couple of years ago, and even then already the atmosphere was amazing. I'd love to go back for the actual GP one day. Lucky hubby, and happy belated birthdays to you both :-)
    Have a great weekend,
    xx

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  2. I've been to Monaco a few times, but never when the race was on. That must have been so exciting, if somewhat noisy. I always feel it's a bit like Disney, especially up near the palace, it's so spotlessly clean, and neat and tidy. I love that part of the coastline, the views are wonderful, and it's nice having a little glimpse of how the other half live!
    Kathy x

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  3. Looks a stunning place and if its for a special birthday and you can afford it why not splash out?! I took Tony to Las Vegas and Palm Springs (because he is obsessed with Frank Sinatra and they are places associated with him) for his 50th. It was wonderful and the memories are there forever.You only live once so well done you!!

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  4. Wow! What an amazing experience! We went there a few years ago whilst in holiday in France. We went round the GP circuit in a little train! Watching it on tv is not the same again, as you spend the whole time saying "we saw that" And "we went through there".
    Looks very warm too - lucky you!

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  5. I was transported by your lovely pictures,what amazing views...the brownie points will last i think
    sandra

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  6. WOW, what an experience, I love F1, and to watch it live in Monaco!!!! I'm not sure you can better that present :) It's nice to see your photos, showing just how beautiful it is, you just don't get the same feeling watching it on the telly.
    Suex

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  7. What a beautiful place to visit, not sure I would want the noisy cars but those buildings, the sun, the sea.....lovely things to eat and drink, very tempting! :) x

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  8. Oh my goodness, what a terrific treat!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely lurve F1, and my mother used to harbour dreams of me running off to marry Prince Albert of Monaco like Grace Kelly did his father :)

    My brother has been to Monaco, but sadly as of yet I have not managed to get there (didn't run off and marry Prince A. surprisingly...)

    Those brownie points should be enough to last you a lifetime!!

    Helenxx

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  9. It looks such a lovely place, my hubby would have enjoyed that trip so much :) xx

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  10. WOW you have just fulfilled my lifelong dream... to see the F1 in Monaco.. im a total petrol head, in fact typing this as i watch F1 at Silverstone. It looks amazing and the architecture looks beautiful. Happy birthday to your OH.

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  11. Oh wow, what great photos! I've never been to Monaco and wouldn't really know what to expect from it, but you seem to have captured it really well. Such beautiful views too - all that blue sea and the palm trees, gorgeous. x

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  12. WOW!!! What an amazing adventure. Thanks for sharing it with us. Also thanks for visiting and entering my Give-A-Way. Good Luck, Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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Thank you, BH x