Charles Leclerc is the latest star to join the Princess Charlene Foundation

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A star-studded rollcall of sports personalities is swelling the ranks of ambassadors for the Princess Charlene Foundation, including Monaco’s own Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc.  

The 25-year-old has become the latest in a number of high-profile athletes, from both Monaco and abroad, to add his influence and expertise to the Princess Charlene Foundation.  

“When H.S.H. Princess Charlene contacted me to become Ambassador of Her Foundation, I immediately responded positively because I was very sensitive to the cause defended by her,” he says. “H.S.H. Princess Charlene is also a top athlete and we share the same sporting values. Through the Foundation, which aims to raise awareness about learning how to swim in order to avoid drowning, I am very happy to be associated with this cause alongside H.S.H. Princess Charlene.” 

Other names to join the list include: tennis player Novak Djokovic; Dara Torres, the most decorated US female Olympic athlete of all-time; Monegasque free diver Pierre Frolla; and cyclist Peter Sagan.  

Together these athletes will help propel the momentum of Princess Charlene’s eponymous foundation and its mission to teach thousands of children worldwide how to swim as well as to develop the education of children through the values of sport. 

The foundation recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and opened new headquarters at on the Quai Antoine 1er.  



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Monaco Life’s ‘Best Of’: Half-term activities for children

Monaco Life presents the best holiday camps, clubs and classes for children in the Principality during the upcoming half-term break.  

School’s out from 11th to 26th February, but parents needn’t worry about how to fill their children’s days. From nursery age kids to teens, there’s plenty going on in Monaco this half-term for all to enjoy. 

We start with one of the Principality’s best-loved attractions: the Oceanographic Museum. It’s a year-round hit with families, but the Club Oceano that runs during all school breaks is really something to get excited about. Reserved for six to 12-year-olds, the Club runs over five consecutive days in both weeks of the holidays (€375 for each block) from 9am to 5pm.  

It offers young people an experience that you can only get in Monaco, allowing them exceptional access to the tanks, animals and expertise of the museum. Participants will help prepare the food for and feed the various sea creatures, visit the onsite hospital and care for its patients, and let their imaginations run wild with games, stories and creative workshops.  


Even if you can’t commit to a full week of activities, the renowned establishment is still worth a visit during the holidays. Our favourite attraction at the moment is the grand Mission Polaire room with its interactive floor and walls that depict different scenes from the poles, but older children will love the Escape Game aboard Prince Albert I’s legendary laboratory ship, the Princess Alice II. It’s suitable for seven-year-olds and over. Even seasoned sailors will enjoy the challenge! 

For older children, the Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques or Pavillon Bosio is running three creative courses during the holidays: a watercolour painting class, a pottery and ceramics experience, and photography training.  

You can also keep little hands and minds busy at the Bibliothèque Princesse Caroline on 1 Boulevard Albert I, which is laying on a series of ateliers over the holidays, from sewing and classical music classes to story-telling and comic strip designing workshops, many for children as young as three. They are free to join, but space is limited so we recommend contacting the Médiathèque to reserve a spot in advance. 

For the sportier kids, the Monte-Carlo Country Club’s coach, Pino Fazio, is heading up a tennis camp from 13th to 17th February for those between four and 14 years. It’s open to both members and non-members, but if your child is new to the sport, this could be a great initiation at one of Europe’s best-known courts.  


Day trips and excursions have their place too during the holidays and a visit to the private Princely car collection should be top of the list for lovers of all things automobile. This fan project started out under Prince Rainier III, who gradually acquired more and more models from the 1950s and onwards. His collection soon outgrew the garage at the Palais Princier and, in 1993, he decided to share it with the public. Now found at 54 Route de la Piscine, from 10am to 6pm, the 3,500sqm exhibition features beauties such as a 1903 De Dion Bouton and a 2013 Lotus F1, as well as many more in-between. There’s also a fantastic new exhibition to check out from 20th February. 

The Jardin Animalier de Monaco will delight too. Found close to the Fontvieille Port, this zoo counts more than 60 exotic species among its number, with many having been rescued by the Principality. A playpark rounds up its attractions.   

And we can’t forget the whistle-stop tour of Monaco via the tourist train. Taking just over 30 minutes, the train flies by the most famous and iconic places in the Principality, and is a great way to experience all that Monaco can offer without having to drag little feet behind you.  



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Photo credit: M. Dagnino


Extremely rare ancient jewellery and art reaches Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo

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Lovers of the ancient world will not want to miss the Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo auction on Tuesday 7th February, which features lots of incredibly rare ancient items from craftsmen and artists from Ancient Greece, Rome, China and South America, to name a few.  

The exquisite craftsmanship of these pieces, each one unique, must be seen to be fully appreciated, and includes works from ancient artists from around the world.  

The morning will commence at 9.30am with the sale of amulets and scarabs from different eras and regions, and include gorgeous trinkets like a 25mm carved turquoise cat pendant and mini-sculpted amulets from ancient Egypt.   

Jewellery is next up with some notable pieces such as a Phoenician swivel seal ring from the 8th to 9th centuries BC, estimated at €8,000 to €12,000. A pair of stunning 4th to 3rd centuries BC Greek drop earrings made of gold with tiny crafted images of the god Eros delicately attached on either side of an ornamental disk is likely to go for €15,000 to €20,000, and a winding gold serpent-headed arm bracelet dating from Ancient Rome has been valued at €15,000 to €30,000.  

In the afternoon at the Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo, an extraordinary collection of ancient coins put together by a Monaco collector will be up for auction, as will some fascinating pieces of neolithic and ancient Egyptian art. A practically undamaged terracotta jar with the painted motifs still vibrant dating from roughly 3500BC is expected to go for €12,000 to €15,000, and a peerless coiled cobra shaped glazed ornament from the late Ptolemaic period has a price tag in the region of 15,000 to €20,000. A statue of the jackal-god Anubis is expected to fetch €80,000 to €120,000.  

An ornately carved Roman funerary urn with a removable lid made of marble dating from the 1st century AD is also up for grabs at €15,000 to €20,000 and a marble head of Bacchus as a child is expected to go for €25,000 to €30,000.  

Far Eastern and pre-Columbian pieces will be last up, with a range of pieces going under the gavel for just a few hundred up to an eye-watering €100,000.  

The full catalogue can be found here


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