The expected mammoth daytime crowd on Monaco-Ville at the time of our visit was not as bad. In fact, we were told that the crowd that we saw was minimal as compared to a regular day in the middle of the summer. We wanted to explore the place a second time so we can see the other wing of the village. We were slated to see the Cathedral of Monaco and Cousteau Aquarium.
This somber but beautifully lit cathedral was rebuilt in 1878. It is where centuries of generation of the Grimaldis are buried.
Musee Oceanographique is an impressive cliff hanging aquarium built in 1910 reflecting Prince Albert I passion of things from the sea. The bottom floor showcases Mediterranean fish and colorful tropical species. Upstairs, there’s a museum featuring ship models, whale skeletons and oceanographic tools. This year, as it marks its 100th anniversary, there were special exhibits ongoing.