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Rio Olympics commentator Paula Radcliffe shares Monaco insight

Rio Olympics commentator Paula Radcliffe shares Monaco insight

By Staff Writer - August 7, 2016

Paula Radcliffe, Women's Marathon World Record holder since 2003, pictured at Berlin Marathon 2011. Photo: Christian Petersen-Clausen
Paula Radcliffe, Women’s Marathon World Record holder since 2003, pictured at 2011 Berlin Marathon 2011. Photo: Christian Petersen-Clausen

Monaco resident Paula Radcliffe has been giving some local insight into what to do and where to go in Monaco She told the UK Daily Telegraph: “I’ve lived in Monte Carlo in Monaco for more than a decade – it is a great place to bring up children. I first visited the city while attending international meets in my early 20s. I love waking up to the beautiful blue of the sea of the Côte d’Azur and yet also being close to the mountains. You have the best of both worlds, an interesting friendly city, with lots to see and do.”

The marathon world record holder is particularly full of praise for Stade Louis II, home to the AS Monaco soccer team. “The stadium is very special – it is one of the best I’ve ever run in the world, and has the nicest setting. The weather is good and the beaches are very inviting, so you can easily swim in the sea all year round. During the low season it is even nicer, as it is less crowded.”

Paula said that smart attire is the best bet for a night out as the Principality is a chic place to be seen and dine in. “It is also pretty hilly, so you need walking shoes as well as beachwear.”

For a place to stay, she recommends Le Méridien Beach Plaza, or if money is no object, then Hôtel de Paris.

She added that she likes to go to Miami Plage for an evening drink, and praised the Maya Bay, which is a great Japanese and Thai restaurant. La Note Bleu has good views of the sea.

“The Monaco bus system is very good and you can get an app that tells you when the next one is about to arrive. As the city is so small, it is very walkable. In the summer you can take a water taxi too, perhaps to Saint Malo Plage and other beaches along the coast.”

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