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Im going to monte carlo for a romantic weekend trip celebrating my 30th birthday in March from 14th to 17th staying at The Columbus hotel, I was just hoping for recommendations of things to do, day trips and places to eat, any information will be appreciated.

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Cari

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Cari....not sure if you know how big Monaco is. It is very tiny...the size of Hyde Park, basically. You can easily see it all in less than half a day.

For day trips...go west. The village of Eze has great views, but will be pretty quiet still in March. There is lots to see and do in Nice.

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Monaco may be small, but that doesn't mean that it's not suitable for a short break. Within Monaco itself, during that week of March, it's the beginning of the annual Printemps des Arts music festival, with several concerts over the weekend (http://maboum.com/event-10138). The Monaco Run also takes place, so Sunday will be buzzing with lots of people taking part and watching (http://maboum.com/event-9987). You can visit the Oceanographic Museum, which has recently been restored. There are various tours around town, in a little tourist train, an open top tourist bus, or more recently, electric tuk-tuk.

In between Christmas and New Year, our friends stayed, and they had a great time just wandering around, then watching the sun go down at the beach with a glass of wine, then sitting for a couple of hours at the Cafe de Paris with a cup of coffee watching the cars and people coming to the Casino.

For day trips, Eze is popular, but not very accessible on a Sunday as the buses don't run then. You can take the train from Monaco to any of the towns to the west (Nice, Antibes and Cannes are the biggest), or east (Menton and Ventimiglia in Italy). Alternatively you can take bus 100 for a more leisurely ride along the coast. You can get further with planning, for instance with our friends, we went to Vence (most people get out a few stops before at St Paul de Vence), which takes about 1h30 by train and bus. If you prefer, hire a car or take a taxi (if you've got the cash).

For a special occasion meal, you're a bit outside the main centre of Monaco, but again, if you're not shy of public transport, bus number 6 stops by the Columbus and takes you into town within a few minutes. We've had fantastic food and service at Quai des Artistes (maboum.com/quai-des-artistes), Virage (maboum.com/virage), Montgolfiere (maboum.com/montgolfiere) and just outside town, Cave de Max (maboum.com/cave-de-max). For a lively bar, you're very close to Gerhard's (maboum.com/gerhards), and then more centrally, there's the Brasserie de Monaco brew pub (maboum.com/brasserie-de-monaco), Rascasse (maboum.com/pit-bar-rascasse), and Before (maboum.com/before). The Brasserie and Rascasse have happy hours.

Hope you enjoy your stay.

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Thank you for the reply you have been very helpful, we have decided on a day in Nice, and another day in either Cannes, Eze or Antibes cant decide which!

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Make sure you hit Eze for sure! I would combine Eze and Antibes for your day trip and save Cannes for another time.

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HI Cari

You could transfer to Monaco by helicopter as an extra treat, great fun and the helipad in Monaco is only 2 minutes from the Columbus.

Ed

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Hi just around corner from the columbus you will find gerhards cafe and bar one of the friendliest places on monaco.

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We have helicopter transfers, I'll try gerhards thank you for taking the time to reply.

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You won't be disappointed with Gerhards and if you do go please say hellow to Caroline from Nikki & Tony. Also, an absolute must is Stars 'n'Bars. If you are staying the 17th (St. Patricks day) pay a visit to McCarthys Bar, short walk down from Casino Square, left at portier( go left rather at bottom of hairpin rather than right to tunnel). Have a wonderful trip.

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Don't pay a visit to McCarthy's, as it's now closed. Several other places will be doing St Patrick's parties, including usually the Brasserie de Monaco (http://maboum.com/brasserie-de-monaco) in the port. For Guinness, there's Slammer's Bar (http://maboum.com/slammers), which is usually packed with expats.

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