Things to do in Monaco and Monte Carlo
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January 21st Newsletter
Mrs 'Arris goes to Paris (1)
Monte Carlo Rally teams have spent the past three days inspecting routes ready for the official start of the challenge this evening. It ends on Sunday with a ceremony in front of the Palace.
Wandering around Monaco, we were startled by a cleaner standing in the window of the Opera Gallery. The lifelike sculpture was created by Duane Hanson, whose work is to be displayed from 20 February in Villa Paloma. Looking further ahead, advance tickets for Grimaldi Forum's summer art exhibition are now on sale, price 5 euros.
Monaco Mairie has added an extra lunchtime Picnic Music event to its program to celebrate the music of David Bowie. If you're in the vicinity of the music library today, take your packed lunch along to the free screening of the musician's A Reality Tour.
In restaurant news, the Meridien has made its Sunday brunch more family friendly with an all-inclusive 20 euros formula for kids that includes food, games and entertainment. Valentin, the Italian bistro in the gallery below Park Palace, has extended its opening hours to cater for after-work socialising. Wednesdays and Thursdays it's open until 20:30 and on Fridays until 22:30, with last orders at 21:45.
It's reasonably easy these days to find local restaurants offering vegetarian options, but vegan food remains something of a speciality. One restaurant in Monaco is inviting diners to discover vegan dishes today and tomorrow. L'Inattendu-e is hosting two "diners decouvertes et degustations", price 49 euros per person excl. drinks for a 100% vegan menu. Reservation is necessary on +377 97 98 81 46, and you can see the menu on the restaurant facebook page.
Finally, the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival ends on Sunday, with a choice of 6 shows over the weekend for those who haven't yet seen a performance.
What's in the diary ....
Thursday: La Wally.
Friday: Hip hop in the library.
Coming up next week, hitchhiking around the world, Australia Day party and Saint Devote's Day holiday.
For lots more suggestions, visit maBoum's 7 day listing and enjoy your weekend.
(1) This week's quote is the title of a novella by Paul Gallico about a woman determined to go to Paris to buy an evening gown by French fashion designer Christian Dior, born this day 1905.