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13th Christmas trees charity auction and other Monaco news

It’s about Christmas already… We hope you’re in a festive mood, ready to celebrate! And here we selected the most interesting articles of the week.

13th Christmas trees charity auction collected 73 000 euros

Christmas Tree Auction

On December 14, Monaco hosted the annual charity Christmas trees auction organized by the Action Innocence Association. According to tradition, a few days before the bidding, the lots are exhibited in the lobby of Hotel de Paris.

Mineral Expo Monaco: featuring beautiful minerals, amazing fossils, meteorites and special stones

Mineral Expo Monaco

This is the first time the World Institute of Minerals has held its Expo in the Principality of Monaco. 60 exhibitors from Pakistan, Morocco, Spain, Madagascar, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Mexico and also Monaco share their passion and offer real wonders: crystals from around the world, infinitely colourful minerals, shells, jewellery, fascinating precious stones and rare gems, fossils dating back 500 million years (giant ammonites, dinosaur bones, reptiles etc ..), carved and polished stones (spheres and statuettes), and meteorites.

Africa Eco Race 2018: Dakar here they come!

Africa Eco Race

For the third year in a row the Africa Eco Race has chosen Monaco as its starting point.

Excitement mounts and the clock is ticking. Not much more than two weeks to go for everyone, 200 competitors in all, to be under starters orders on Quaie Antione in Monte-Carlo for this 6500 km endurance marathon. From December 31 to January 14, these spirited drivers will race across Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal before a spectacular finish at the banks of the magnificently beautiful Lake Rose, in Dakar. Motorcycles, quads, cars and trucks compete in death-defying and enthralling stages against each other over 12 whole days.

First phase of operation to clean Rocher cliffs

clean Rocher cliffs
© Manuel Vitali / Direction de la Communication

The Government is launching the first phase of an operation to clean the Rocher cliffs in order to get rid of some plant species and thereby reduce the risk of rock falls onto Port de Fontvieille.

Inauguration of Monaco’s Embassy in Washington DC

Monaco Embassy

Monaco’s Embassy in Washington is located in the heart of the US federal capital. The new Chancellery premises are now located close to the White House and other main ministries.

Bitcoin – boom or bust? That is the billion-euro question!


Every day we are bombarded with a new vocabulary: Bitcoin… Blockchain technology… Crypto-currency… Digital currency “bubble”… But what does it all mean?

Hold on tight and don’t forget to fasten your seatbelt, “Blockchain” is coming in fast!

Monaco’s City Hall Unveiled Christmas Trees with Monaco’s Children

Monaco Christmas Tree
Children of the municipal staff with Camille Svara, Jacques Pastor and Henri Doria, Deputy Mayor, Chloé Boscagli-Leclercq and Claude Bollati, Councillors, as well as Isabelle Cellario, Head of the Social Action Service.

Monaco’s City Hall welcomed over 900 children for the unveiling of the 2017 Christmas Trees, organised by the Social Action Service.

It’s that time of the year again, Santa Claus was at the Espace Léo Ferré! For three consecutive evenings, Mayor Georges Marsan, several of his Deputies and Councillors, as well as the City Hall’s Social Action Service welcomed many children to the festive event.

Roca Team (AS Monaco) came out the winner after a tense match with the Sharks (Antibes)

Roca Team

On December 16, in Salle Gastion-Medecin a basketball match took place where the strongest teams competed in a super tense match; Roca Team (AS Monaco) under the coaching of Zvezdan Mitrovic played against Sharks (Antibes) led by Julien Espinosa. The game was part of the seasonal championship 2017-2018 in category PRO A.

Michel Blazy at the National Museum of Monaco: the sublime meets the absurd in everchanging times

Michel Blazy

The New National Museum of Monaco welcomes to Villa Sauber the artist Michel Blazy. Born in Monaco, Michel Blazy has gained an international reputation thanks to integrating living materials into his art works. He creates an artistic universe, absurd and perishable and ever-changing. He uses humble materials, mixing inanimate objects with live organic products from his kitchen and garden. The whole effect is “animated” but strange and with a suggestion of movement. Three works are exhibited at Villa Sauber…

How to Celebrate Christmas in France: History and Traditions

Christmas History and Traditions

If you are interested in knowing more about the history of Christmas traditions in France, this article will provide some answers.

So just how are the French celebrations different from the Monegasques on this most solemn day of the year?

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