Poking through my RS France guidebook and rewatching the French Riviera episode, I was a little surprised that he refers to Monaco as a Riviera "must." It just doesn't seem like his kind of place and makes me wonder what I'm missing. It looks like I'll have a little more time than expected at the end of my RS Loire/South of France tour (probably an extra full day). To those familiar with the area, is it worth a day (or afternoon) trip? This will be late June.
The oceanographic museum sounds interesting, but (for me) probably not enough to justify the visit. Despite a childhood affection for the princely family (as a little girl in the U.S. in the 1980s, there was nobody else named Caroline, and everybody mispronounced my name as "Caro-lynn," so magazine covers featuring Princess Caroline always made me smile), the palace and the cathedral don't really sound like "must sees." I'm not interested in the casino, and Nice will furnish plenty of opportunities for covetous luxury-brand window-shopping ;). I admit that I am the kind of person who would go to the TI for a passport stamp, but I wouldn't make a journey just for that.
For other context, I'm a history, culture, food tour kind of gal, but don't have a ton of extra money to throw around. I'm not a sun worshipper, so beaches aren't a priority. Right now, my tentative plan, after leaving Nice, is to take the train to Trieste and hopefully snag a seat with a good view.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be much appreciated, thanks!
P.S. Just for the record, I do know that Monaco is not in France, but there's not a separate Monaco section. Apologies to any Monegasques who may frequent these boards. ;)