IUM resurrected its yearly tradition of hiring out the miniature tourist train that normally winds its way around the streets of Monaco, and filled it with the new students and took a tour around the Principality on Friday evening.
The students dressed up in IUM t-shirts and boarded the train at 7pm. They visited first the area of Fontvieille and then the Monaco harbor with super yachts and cruise ships. First stop for the train was La Brasserie de Monaco, a favorite spot to sit and chat over organic food and beers brewed onsite.
Then it was all back on board – except for the students who forgot to board and ended up running behind the train – to go off to the next destination: the Grimaldi Forum where cultural events take place in Monaco and the Larvotto beach, a relaxing area to play beach volley and sunbath.
On their way back, they passed by the Monte-Carlo Casino and Opera House which were built in 1893 by Charles Garnier, the architect of the Paris Opera House.
Last but not least the train took them up to the Prince’s Palace located in a unique setting upon the « Rock » of Monaco. The building was built on the site of a fortress erected by the Genoese in 1215. Today the splendors of this Palace can be admired by all. The students also saw the Oceanographic Museum dedicated to marine science and oceanography. Its collections of marine fauna gathered by Monaco’s pioneering « Navigator Prince » Prince Albert 1 are both invaluable and unique. And finally the little train drove the students in front of the cathedral of Monaco, a Roman-Byzantine-style building which houses the burial places of past sovereigns, including Prince Rainier and Princess Grace.
Finally the train went back down from the rock and wound its way through the road inside the harbor wall of Monaco to park outside Stars n Bars, where the students spent the rest of the evening enjoying a drink in the lazy evening sun.
It was a great way to introduce our Principality to the newbies, and to show Monaco how great it is to be an IUM student!