This week was a busy one in Monaco, just as always. So while the 3rd Monte-Carlo Classic Rally is coming to an end we put together some news about Monaco that caught our attention.
Leonardo Jardim’s relaxing days on the ski slopes have fast melted away. And those serene evenings considering offers from soccer clubs in China, Saudi Arabia (and then perhaps targeted by Lyon) – they are history. His dream of one day being back at Monaco became reality as fast as if he had been struck by a bolt of lightning.
Life will rapidly heat up for him now after a reported meeting in a Monaco restaurant with his Agent Jorge Mendes and Vadim Vasiliyev, Vice President of AS Monaco. The deal is done – Jardim is officially back as coach of AS Monaco only three and a half months after being fired and replaced by Thierry Henry.
Albert Croesi has a green light now to “troubleshoot” the completion of renovations at the Helios apartments. The Monegasque property developer Satri has reached an agreement with the Government on financing all the work. It’s a 50:50 cost-sharing approach because the work to be done will follow a more rigorous plan than just fixing the obvious problems in the apartments. Fortunately the Helios problems do not involve the plumbing and sanitation head-aches that made the Apolline renovation so complex. Helios is entirely different but there will be extensive work removing all the woodfibre in the corridors.
This year’s upcoming program at the Grimaldi Forum promises to be bursting with talent, music, magic and surrealism. The eclectic schedule truly offers something for everyone. Here are some highlights that will be showcased at the emblematic venue this year.
The Monte-Carlo Opera was inaugurated 140 years ago, on 25 January. Artists, personalities and politicians came from all over the Côte d’Azur and Paris to celebrate the inauguration in 1879. To celebrate the milestone anniversary, ‘Falstaff’, an opera by Verdi, was presented on the exact same evening: 25 January, 2019.
Police Commissioner Richard Marangoni gave his New Year address in the presence of H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince, Minister of State Serge Telle, Minister of the Interior Patrice Cellario, and a number of other personalities during the traditional event held in the conference room at the Oceanographic Museum.
Fifty years ago, Fontvieille was nothing more than a small stretch of sand and rock, tumbling into the sea. Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, from architectural firm Studio Fuksas, won a contest to revitalize Fontvieille’s district and port. The project hopes to provide answers to major commercial, urban and ecological issues.
Charles II, eldest son of Honore I and Isabella Grimaldi, took over as Lord of Monaco on the death of his father in 1581. It was a time of great power rivalry in Europe between France and Spain. During the childhood of his father Honore I, under a decision of Augustin, Honore’s uncle acting as Regent, Monaco had formally switched allegiances away from France and become a protectorate of Spain.
The Monaco Chamber of Commerce (MEB) hits a new stride this March 21st. And to mark the occasion it will be at Monaco Yacht Club that MEB members will be granted a few hours reprieve from their busy weeks to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “MEB Missions Accomplished” all over the globe.
By that time Monaco will already have another mission under its belt, in India this time, with heightened visibility in New Delhi following an official visit from Prince Albert.