Monaco’s Autumnal Colours

You may not think it but autumn in Monaco is one of the most pleasant times of the year. It is often the time when those with apartments in Monaco breath a sigh of relief and look forward to having the world’s second smallest country relatively to themselves.

The summer visitors are waning, and once the Monaco Yacht Show concludes the yacht charters begin to make their way over to the Caribbean. Sporting events such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix have long since passed and planning for next year’s event won’t begin till the new year.

But that’s not to say that things are dull in the Principality. In fact, the calendar of activities in this delightful corner of Europe is every bit as packed as in other months yet there are perhaps fewer people around to enjoy them.

For example, there are a number of concerts held in the Grimaldi Forum – a stone’s throw from some of most luxurious Monaco properties – by the Opera du Monte-Carlo, as well as the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra throughout September to December which are well worth investigating. One event to look out for if you are renting an apartment in Monaco this November is La Faniculla del West, by Puccini, which takes place on November 19th, 22nd and 25th.

The Theatre de Princesse Grace, located on avenue d’Ostende near some of the Principality’s most coveted Monaco properties, also boasts an impressive programme this autumn including plays such as Lettre à Ma Mere, by Georges Simenon.

Meanwhile one of the highlights in autumn is the Monégasque National Day, which dates from the reign of Prince Charles III and takes place every year on 19 November.  National Day (or the ‘Fête du Prince’) celebrates the traditions and ideals of the community of Monaco, and the day includes specific rituals such as the Ceremony of Honours by Prince Albert, the presenting of arms in the Palace courtyard, the review of the troops in the Palace and a celebratory Mass and Te Deum in Monaco Cathedral.

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