Romeo Beckham features in Brentford B win against Monaco’s Groupe Elite

AS Monaco’s Groupe Elite were beaten in La Turbie 4-1 by a Brentford B side that featured Romeo Beckham, son of David, who is currently on loan at the club from Inter Miami. 

A late flurry from Brentford B gave a glossy sheen to a very tightly contested fixture for large parts, especially in the first half. The defences were well set in the opening stages, with neither side managing to find the key to unlock the game.

Towards the end of the half, Malamine Efekele struck the post, and just seconds later Brentford went close themselves. The deadlock was broken shortly before the break by Yegor Yarmoliuk, who pressed Mayssam Benama into making an error deep inside his own half before curling past Yann Liénard.

Their lead was then doubled with the final kick of the half by Michael Oluwakorede Olakigbe, whose sumptuous curled effort from the edge of the box gave Liénard no chance.

Les Monégasques were unlucky to head into the break two down but quickly reduced the deficit in the second half, Valentin Decarpentrie getting on the scoreline after some good collective pressing. There was an intensity to Monaco’s game, but little incision and they failed to work an opening to level the scores.

Instead, it was Brentford B who added to their lead thanks to a brilliant Olakgibe strike. The winger then departed the scene, ceding the place to Beckham. There was then a late fourth goal from Ryan Trevitt. The 4-1 scoreline perhaps unfairly reflects the game, but the victory well deserved for a strong Brentford B side.

Speaking to Monaco Life post-match, Olakigbe reflected on his personal performance, as well as the significance of the result. “I went out there with a lot of confidence. My finishing was unbelievable today. Monaco is obviously a great club that develops so much young talent with players like Kylian Mbappé. To play them is a great experience, and to win against a top side, is something to be buzzing about,” he said.

Groupe Elite coach Damien Perrinelle pointed out the positive in the defeat: “We prepare to confront a certain reality, a certain difficulty in order to allow them to develop quicker. When you play teams that suit you, I’m not sure that the progression is the same as when you face stronger teams, where you have to adapt and rival them.”

When the Groupe Elite was conceived prior to the start of the current season, it was to create experiences, such as the one that they faced at La Turbie on Wednesday. Ultimately, these formative experiences will be a positive for the continued development of Monaco’s young players.

See more in our Instagram post below…


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Monaco Life (@monacolife_)

Photo by Monaco Life

SBM’s award-winning year

What a year it was for Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, with numerous awards and accolades handed out to its stellar portfolio in 2022. Monaco Life rounds up its greatest achievements.  

Striving for excellence has always been one of the hallmarks that unites the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer (SBM) establishments. Last year, they certainly lived up to that goal.   

SBM’s restaurants had a fantastic 2022, with Chef Marcel Ravin being awarded a second Michelin star for Blue Bay at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort.  

“The chef has created his own culinary universe, and with great talent has put his philosophy into practice. It makes us all the more proud that his passion and excellence were developed within the SBM group,” declared Pascal Camia, SBM’s director of operations.  

Restaurant Elsa at the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel received kudos too, making it into the prestigious Gault & Millau guide. Additionally, its chef, Melanie Serre, was given the guide’s “Grand de Demain” trophy for her environmentally- focused philosophy of short supply chains and serving only seasonal produce.   

Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo also made it to the podium in The List, a ranking of the world’s best restaurants.   

Several SBM addresses received international praise, with the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo and the Hôtel Hermitage acknowledged as being among the best hotels by the Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Award 2022 as well as making it onto Travel + Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels in 2022. Both are in the running for the latter’s “World’s Best” award in 2023.   

Last but not least, the legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo won two esteemed prizes last year, notably “Best Casino Operator” at the International Gaming Awards 2022 and “Best Overall Casino” at the Casino Awards 2022 in London.   

These merits, said Camia, “represent recognition for all the professionals at work there for having made it both an essential contemporary entertainment venue and a private setting for customised and personalised gaming”.  


Sign up for the Monaco Life newsletter. For the latest news, follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. 


 Photo source: SBM

Monaco Life’s ‘Best Of’: Top Places to Buy Vintage

Vintage stores in Monaco have an advantage: a designer-loving population keen to pass on its gently or never-been-worn apparel. Monaco Life visits the Principality’s best addresses.

Pre-loved, vintage, second-hand… All are words used to sum up a booming fashion industry that offers more benefits than merely lowered prices.

In and around the Principality, customers looking for deals on pre-loved designer or often still ticketed clothes, shoes and accessories have several fantastic places to choose from.

First up is The Queen Bee. Located just a smidge outside Monaco on Place de la Crémaillère in Beausoleil, this cosy shop has been proffering a hand-picked selection of items, including handbags, shoes and clothing, since 2015.

Owner Katie Holmes believes that “luxury should not be defined by price” and has put together a range of beautiful pieces priced just right. Alongside designer names like Alexander McQueen, Chloé, Dior, Hermes and Jimmy Choo are items from lesser-known designers such as Melissa Odabash, Marella Black and David Meister. She works on consignment so that donators benefit, and customers get great deals. Win-win!

The Queen Bee can also be found online for those who prefer their retail therapy online.

Next up is Le Dressing, located at 1 Rue Princess Florestine in Monaco. Since 2000, Helen Rimsberg has worked under the theory that many of the glamourous ladies of the Principality don’t re-wear luxury outfits and thus need a place to go to that will give their beautiful pieces a second life.

“Condition is excellent or like new [and] prices comparable to vintage platforms,” says one reviewer on Google.

The team at the shop pre-screens for authenticity; it is something particularly important when it comes to handbags, of which they have several, from Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton to name a few. The clothing selection is also excellent and mainly high-end designer. You can check out what Le Dressing has to offer before popping in via the online shop.

Finally, there is something for the men. OnlyVintage by Corrado Mattarelli at 41 Boulevard des Moulins has a vast collection of exquisite timepieces sure to make anyone drool, including those from Patek Philippe, Rolex and Tag Heuer.

Mattarelli has been a vintage watch seller and collector for over 30 years, and his reputation has made him a go-to for auction houses and dealers worldwide. His pieces are often rare, and he is the ultimate in discretion with regard to his client list.

“It has been 30 years since I bought my first watch and I still get excited every time,” he enthuses on his website. “Is there anything better than turning a passion into work?”

For a glimpse at what is available in store or online, check out the OnlyVintage website.



Sign up for the Monaco Life newsletter. For the latest news, follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


Main photo source: The Queen Bee

What’s On in Monaco this January?

There’s no need to suffer with post-holiday let-down this month given the Principality’s packed schedule of fun events and happenings. Monaco Life rounds up the highlights. 

January and February get a bad rap. Sure, it’s cold, dark and sometimes a bit dreary, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do to stay entertained. In the Principality, there are numerous dates planned in the coming weeks that are sure to keep the winter blues at bay.  

Fun-for-all Pick – The Roller Station, this year’s replacement for the ice-skating rink, has been such a hit that the mairie has decided to keep it going until 26th February. Enjoy a little skate every day from noon to 9pm in the Port of Monaco. Kids under five are free and rental skates are available. Click here for more information.  

Family Pick – The Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo is back after a two-year hiatus and is going to be bigger and better than ever. Celebrating its 45th anniversary, the show will be on from 20th to 29th January with world-famous magicians, jugglers, acrobats and more. This year, the Circus will be extra special as it is being combined with the New Generation Festival, showcasing up-and-coming talent. For tickets and information, click here.

Discovery Pick – On 21st January, the Munegu Repair Café returns from 3.30pm to 6pm at the Condamine Market, giving people a chance to fix everything from clothes and toys to small appliances and furniture. More information can be found here

Food Pick – Also at the Condamine Market is the sea urchin market on 6th February from 6pm. This delicacy is much sought-after by those in the know and the event will encourage newbies to have a try. Six urchins with bread and butter will be served for €15. To attend, reserve a space no later than 30th January on +377 93 15 06 04 or click here

Sport Pick – The Historic Monte-Carlo Rally is coming up from 27th January to 2nd February, featuring cars that participated in the Rallyes Automobiles Monte-Carlo between 1955 and 1980. The race ends on 1st February and a big gala will be held the following night to wrap things up. For more information, click here.

Music Pick – Mozart in Monaco runs from 27th January to 5th February, with five different concerts dedicated to one of the world’s best known and admired composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. For full details, click here 

Don’t forget to check our events calendar regularly for details on everything that’s happening in Monaco!


Sign up for the Monaco Life newsletter. For the latest news, follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. 


Photo source: Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo/Facebook

Oldest living person dies in Toulon at 118

Lucile Randon, a French nun born in 1904 and the world’s oldest living person, has died in her sleep at the care home she resided in in Toulon. She previously cited work as the secret to her long life.  

Known for most of her life as Sister André, Lucile Randon led a long and interesting life. Born in Alès, France, on 11th February 1904, she grew up as a protestant. She was sent to live in Marseille at the age of 12 to become a governess before moving onto Versailles four years later, where she became a teacher and governess for a prominent family.  

It was during this time that she converted to Roman Catholicism and, in 1944, she joined the Daughters of Charity order, where she was assigned to a hospital in Vichy. She remained there for 31 years before retiring at the age of 75.  

She had long been the oldest living person in France, taking the title in 2017 when Honorine Rondello passed away at the age of 114. She took over the world title in April 2022 after the death of Kane Tanaka at 119 in Japan.  

Sister André famously survived Covid in 2021, being given the all-clear just days before her 117th birthday. She told reporters last year that her longevity was down to her work and being able to care for others.  

“People say that work kills. For me, work kept me alive, I kept working until I was 108,” she said.  

Despite being wheelchair-bound and blind, she would look after other care home residents much younger than herself. The people in the home are upset by the loss, but it was her wish to move onto the next chapter.  

“There is great sadness but… it was her desire to join her beloved brother. For her, it’s a liberation,” David Tavella of the Sainte-Catherine-Laboure nursing home told news agency AFP. 

Now the oldest living person is thought to be 112-year-old Marie-Rose Tessier from the Vendée, also in France. The world record holder for longevity was set by another Frenchwoman, Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122 in Arles. 


Sign up for the Monaco Life newsletter. For the latest news, follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. 


Photo source: AFP

Monaco grows school potager project

A programme to create vegetable gardens in Monaco schools has been renewed for another year, allowing more children than ever to get their hands dirty and connect with nature. 

A generous donation from Monaco Telecom of €10,000 has helped extend the project, which was launched in 2020 by the Prince Albert II Foundation (FPA2), the Department of National Education, Youth and Sport, and Monaco-based agricultural company Terrae. 

The FPA2’s vice president, Olivier Wenden, was handed the cheque at the Ecole des Révoires primary school on Monday and commended the boost to the hugely popular project.  

“We welcome Monaco Telecom’s commitment to this important project [that raises] schoolchildren’s awareness on sustainable development through practical and fun urban vegetable garden activities,” said Wenden. “This programme, which enables children to create a link with the earth and change their view of food, actively participates in forging a new relationship with nature, from a very young age. We are pleased that the Foundation can help to perpetuate it.”  

The donation was offered through the fees Monaco Telecom has collected from customers under 60 who still are being sent paper bills rather than paying for services online.  

“For several years now, paper bills have been paid for by subscribers under 60 years of age. The objective is environmental, the idea being to gradually reduce paper consumption in favour of digital invoicing. It is therefore normal that the amounts collected contribute to ecological initiatives. I am particularly pleased this year with our lasting commitment to Terrae and the Ecole des Révoires for the development of educational vegetable gardens,” said Martin Peronnet, the CEO of Monaco Telecom. 

This is Ecole des Révoires’ second year in the programme, and their rooftop potager is one of the Principality’s largest, covering over two terraces. Roughly 100 students take part in looking after the gardens via the 35 hours of workshops that take place during the school year.  

Terrae founder Jessica Sbaraglia has been a key feature in the collaboration, known as “Planting a Responsible Future with Young Shoots”, and has played an active role in teaching the Principality’s schoolchildren how to grow and harvest their own food through workshops in the gardens. Seven schools have participated in the project since autumn 2020, allowing more than 2,000 students to learn the value and importance of knowing where food comes from.  


Sign up for the Monaco Life newsletter. For the latest news, follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. 


 Photo source: FPA2