Sip Bubbles. Spy Yachts. Live the Life at the Wine Palace Monte-Carlo

19 07 2017

Monaco Yacht Club as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineLive like the 1% for the cost of a bottle of bubbles (or rose or any one of over 2,300 wines, Champagnes and spirits) at the Wine Palace Monte-Carlo. This hidden gem of Monaco’s glitzy Port Hercule is located in the recently inaugurated, sustainably-built, and members-only Monaco Yacht Club designed by Sir Norman Foster. Enjoy sips on the terrace while watching some of the fanciest and most luxurious yachts in the world glide in and out of this exclusive port. That giant cruise ship over there? Not a cruise ship. That’s somebody’s superyacht!

Monaco is sometimes seen as unaffordable and of course this is a playground of the rich but there’s a hidden side to this tiny principality snuggled on the French Riviera just east of Nice that’s affordable to mere

Bubbles and yachts in Monaco with ManAboutWorld gay travel magazinemortals. It’s exemplified by the Wine Palace, Monte Carlo and other insider finds. ManAboutWorld’s Monaco coverage in our Free Guide to Weddings, Honeymoons and Celebration Travel includes lots of specific tips — highlighted in this recent post.

LGBT-friendly Monaco offers trip-planning information on their site for all travelers; they’ve created a brochure for their LGBT visitors; and joined the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association in 2015.

Photo credits: Top and above.

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This is Monaco Week In New York.

17 02 2016
Inside Les Ballets de Monte-CarloChris Roelandt, backstage (2011)(C) A. Blangero

Inside Les Ballets de Monte-CarloChris Roelandt, backstage (2011)(C) A. Blangero

It’s Monaco Week in New York. It’s a principality. It’s a microstate. With 38,000 souls its population is smaller than most neighborhoods in New York but it’s a fantastic destination, hidden in plain sight — a beautiful Mediterranean harbor and surrounding city  climbing up on surrounding hills. You remember Grace Kelly married into royalty here. You think if you don’t have a yacht you are not welcome.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Monaco can be experienced on just about any budget and it punches way beyond its weight in culture and cuisine. This is your week to experience what Monegasques know: Monaco is an easy to get to, exotic European getaway you’ll be the first in your Facebook feed to boast about. Learn more about Monaco this week when “Monaco Takes New York.” Here’s the official release:

Cinderella at New York City Center
Led by talented director-choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo performs its mesmerizing modern rendition of Prokoviev’s Cinderella at New York City Center:

Thursday, February 18 – 8:00 pm
Friday, February 19 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 20 – 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Individual tickets are now on sale at the theater box office at 131 West 55th Street, by phone at City Tix on (212) 581 1212 or online atwww.nycitycenter.org.

On Thursday, February 18, Cartier and the Consulate General of Monaco co-host an opening night VIP experience featuring tickets to

Flavors of MonacoCinderella followed by an exclusive cocktail reception under the patronage of Monaco’s Ambassador to the United States. Guests can mingle with members of Les Ballets’ company and feast on organic treats prepared by Monaco’s Chef Paolo Sari. The Opening Night Experience package is $300 per person and may be purchased online atwww.monaco-nyc.com. Space is extremely limited. Proceeds to benefit Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

Between Monday, February 15 and Saturday, February 20, Circo and sister-restaurant Le Cirque will partner with Monte-Carlo SBM to host Chef Paolo Sari, Executive Chef of the Monte-Carlo Beach whose restaurant, Elsa, is the world’s only 100% organic Michelin-starred restaurant.

Chef Sari will apply his innovative and avant-garde farm-to-table style to create the week’s prix-fixe 100% organic menus – lunch and dinner at Circo; 6-course degustation dinner only at Le Cirque.

Circo, 120 West 55th Street, (212) 286 3636,reservations@circonyc.com, www.circonyc.com

Le Cirque, 151 East 58th Street, (212) 644 0202,reservations@lecirque.com, www.lecirque.com

Photo: Inside Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (C) A. Blangero








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