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Discover the New Dazzling Chef at Elsa, Monte Carlo Beach

Discover the New Dazzling Chef at Elsa, Monte Carlo Beach
© Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer

Resolutely committed to responsible and sustainable hospitality and gastronomy, the Monte-Carole Beach opens the 2021 season with the arrival of Chef Manon Fleury at the head of the starred restaurant Elsa, 100% organic and featuring fresh wild fish. 

A chef with singular talent and a dazzling career, carrying a cuisine of excellence and convictions: particularly demanding with respect to the quality and origin of products, anchored in their terroir and local ecosystem, but also and above all a pioneer in terms of “Zero waste”. 

It’s Launched: The 18th Monte-Carlo Film Festival of Comedy

The 18th Monte-Carlo Film Festival of Comedy
Photo credit: Rosanna Calò-18MCFF

The 18th edition of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival de la Comédie has started. The event designed and chaired by Ezio Greggio takes place from May 31 to June 5, 2021 in the Principality of Monaco.

“Comedy must go on, because it is the genre that has always told our story the best”.

This is evidenced by the films selected and screened at the Grimaldi Forum until Friday, June 4, which tell and reflect today’s daily life, with themes such as the family, generational conflicts, sex and emancipation of women.

Venturi’s Electric Polar Exploration Vehicle goes to Antarctica

Venturi’s Electric Polar Exploration Vehicle goes to Antarctica
© Venturi

Venturi engineers have developed the world’s first zero emission vehicle for the exploration of polar regions. On 5 June, World Environment Day, the Monegasque manufacturer will be presenting the new Antarctica which will be used at the Princess Elisabeth science base.

The Antarctica can carry up to six people, plus equipment and a second battery, which can extend the first battery’s range of 50 kilometres. On 1 June, at Venturi headquarters, the newest model of the Antarctica was presented to the Sovereign.

Princess Grace’s Legacy continues with Grace Influential Impact Award

F1 Monaco Grand Prix: the great sport show was back to revive
Red Bull competing on the race track (F1 Monaco Grand Prix, 23rd May 2021).© ACM

The Princess Grace Foundation recently announced the newly created Grace Influential Impact Award, which will be awarded to the Formula 1 team or organization which demonstrates the highest commitment to sustainability, impact and inclusion in 2022.

The award is named after and inspired by Princess Grace of Monaco in honour of her commitment to excellence and positive impact. Grace Influential recognizes Formula 1’s commitment and investment in pioneering technology and innovation toward sustainability.

«Ocean for All»: the discovery of the Marine World blows life into Roya Valley

«Ocean for All»: the discovery of the Marine World blows life into Roya Valley
Keynote speech by Robert Calacagno, Director General of Monaco Oceanographic Institute (Oceanographic Museum, 1st June 2021). © M. Dagnino – Institut océanographique

The sea holds everybody in its net of wonder forever”, used to say Jacques Yves Cousteau, famous explorer and oceanographer. Increasing knowledge for marine ecosystems is essential for our survival and its preservation necessarily passes through a tangible involvement of new generations. This has been the key mission of “Ocean for All” since its creation in 2014. This educational project is addressed to PACA region rural areas, by the strong will of Monaco Oceanography Institute with the support of Prince Charlene of Monaco FoundationMonaco National Youth and Sports Education Department and the French Ministry of National Education.

Celebration of the Festival of Corpus Christi in Monaco

Saint Devota celebration
A brief outdoor blessing just following the Solemn Mass (Monaco Cathedral, 27th January 2021).© Michael Alesi / Direction de la Communication

A public holiday in the Principality, Corpus Christi (Corpus Domini) is called “Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.

It is the celebration of the real presence of Jesus Christ in consecrated bread and wine, which has become substantially his Body and his Blood. This feast is celebrated on a Thursday in remembrance of the institution of the Eucharist (the last supper) which takes place on Maundy Thursday, the eve of Jesus’ death on the Cross.

In countries where this day is not a public holiday (such as in France), this holiday is postponed until the following Sunday.

Alain Ducasse welcomes Yannick Alléno to Monaco

Alain Ducasse welcomes Yannick Alléno to Monaco
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Chef Alain Ducasse recently welcomed Chef Yannick Alléno to Monaco. Together, the two starred chefs intend to boost Monegasque gastronomy. Yannick Alléno recently joined the Hôtel Hermitage while Alain Ducasse works at the Hôtel de Paris kitchens. The two chefs are good friends who enjoy each other’s cooking. Each chef has three Michelin stars to his name.

To welcome his colleague to the Principality, Alain Ducasse invited Yannick Alléno to create a four-handed lunch in the kitchens of the Louis XV at the Hôtel de Paris: a gastronomic first.

According to Yannick Alléno, his recent move to Monaco is a special step in his career. His big debut at the helm of the Hôtel Hermitage kitchens took place right in the middle of the Grand Prix.

Monaco Energy Boat Challenge: Monaco an incubator of maritime innovation to protect the environment

Monaco Energy Boat Challenge
One-on-one Slalom final © Carlo Borlenghi

While eco-friendly vehicles and renewable energy sources are in the spotlight recently in the Principality of Monaco with the EVER show, and electric single-seaters vie for pole position in the 4th E-Prix, the Yacht Club de Monaco is ramping up preparations for the 8th Monaco Energy Boat Challenge (6-10 July 2021).

“It is still possible to be a pioneer thanks to all the new sources of energy and technology available to protect the environment. The Monaco Energy Boat Challenge is an example. The organisers and participants are writing a new page of history,” said Bertrand Piccard, founder of the Solar Impulse Foundation and event patron, while in Monaco.

Monte Carlo International Swimming Meeting made a difference in water sports

Monte Carlo International Swimming Meeting made a difference in water sports
Chad Le Clos competing at the Mare Nostrum International Meeting (29th – 30th May 2021). © Jean-Marce FOLLETE et Jean-Luc GUEGAN

One of the key sports events at international level brought the Principality foaming during this last weekend. Milestone of professional water sports, the 38th edition of the Monte Carlo International Swimming Meeting was held on the 29th and the 30th May 2021 at the Prince Albert II Nautical Centre (Louis II Stadium). The best teams worldwide gathered here in the footsteps of many former champions, notably H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco who was awarded the gold medal for the 200m backstroke in 1996. Since its establishment in 1983, this contest has always had the support of the Monegasque Swimming Federation being constantly ahead of its time in experiencing new challenges. In 1994, a synergic partnership with Barcelona (Cataluña, Spain) and Canet-en-Roussillon (France) gave birth to Mare Nostrum, a leading three-stage Mediterranean Swimming Championship for high-level swimmers, ready to play the victory at the hundredth of a second. Finally, the Mare Nostrum Trophy was created in 1997 aimed at celebrating the top-five best competitors in all locations.

New «Malizia» boat for Pierre Casiraghi’s crew is undergoing its Concept phase

New «Malizia» boat for Pierre Casiraghi's crew is undergoing its Concept phase

The IMOCA 2018/2020 Championship winner, and fifth place finisher in the Vendée Globe, Boris Herrmann, alongside the founder of the «Malizia Team» and the Yacht Club of Monaco (YCM) Vice- President, Pierre Casiraghi, have announced their continuing participation in the IMOCA round-the-world race. The yachtsmen’s ambition has all the support of the YCM and the Prince Albert II Foundation.

With 18 races around 15 countries in mind, including the legendary Ocean Race 2022/23 (former Volvo Ocean Race), the Malizia Team has announced the construction of a new vessel to meet their challenges. Boris Herrmann and his team have once again turned to the French VPLP design team at Mulitplast for their 60m new build. They are now looking for a vessel with a better wave-handling capacity and high average speed maintenance. The boat is currently undergoing its Concept stage.

Blue Train back in Business: from Nice to Paris in One Night

Blue Train back in Business: from Nice to Paris in One Night

Prime Minister Jean Castex boarded last week the first night train from Paris to Nice. He disembarked at 9:06 am the following morning from the Blue Train, named after the night trains that first connected the capital to the Côte d’Azur in 1883, back when the line also ran from Calais to Rome.

The Prime Minister’s 1,000 kilometre railway adventure inaugurated the return of the service from Paris – Nice. At the platform, Jean Castex was greeted by the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, and they had a coffee together on the famous Cours Saleya. The French government recently announced a budget of 6.4 billion euros for the rail network, or double the normal budget.

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