The French Riviera, Monaco, Monte Carlo … Imagination immediately draws a kind of distant, inaccessible world of sun, celebration, passion and excitement, interspersed with yachts, “Rolls-Royces” and champagne fountains. Slender palm trees and tanned ladies on the golden edge of the azure sea, caressing the soles of white-stone villas and medieval castles. The ultramodern masses that are leaving in tiers up the steep slopes of the natural amphitheater are cut here and there by straight ones like an arrow, autobahns or twisted asphalt serpentines … So, Monaco. Two recent events, which cannot be called ordinary, are connected with this place: firstly, the tiny state, which can be crossed on foot in just an hour, marked the 700th anniversary of the ruling Grimaldi dynasty, and secondly, sadly enough , the life of captain Jacques-Yves-Cousteau, a great explorer of the deep sea, who for a long time headed the local Museum of Oceanography, one of the honorary citizens of Monaco, broke off … Continue reading
The principality’s interest in sailing regattas has a long history. Indeed, back in 1886, the “Regatta Committee” was created, which, with the assistance of the Society of Sea Baths, organized during the social season races on yachts belonging to various owners of the Mediterranean coast or the Italian Riviera.
Then, in 1888, a group of 12 Monaco decided to form a sports society, the aim of which was to develop such water disciplines as sailing and rowing. Thus, with the great support of Prince Albert I, the Society of Regattas of Monaco was released. Continue reading
The XXXIII International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo brought together the best artists from around the world under the dome of the famous tent of Fontvieille. Among them were our compatriots. For the first time in this millennium and for the second time in the history of the country, Ukraine received a gold award at the Monte Carlo festival. On January 18, 2009, she was awarded the Kobzov circus performers, air gymnasts Dmitry Grigorov and Oles Shulge for the flight of passion. “Princess Stephanie is standing over there!” Natasha Rybchenko, artist of the National Circus of Ukraine, winner of last year’s festival in Monte Carlo, pushed me by the arm. “You just don’t need to take pictures,” she predicted my attempt to raise the camera, “she doesn’t like that.” Continue reading