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Monégasque Christmas

Description
Monaco offers special cultural events and gala dinners throughout the Principality on Christmas Eve and on New Year’s Eve, including parades, concerts and activities for children. Monaco's hotels and restaurants offer special packages. On New Year's Eve at the stroke of midnight, revelers convene in the magnificent Casino Square to ring in the New Year.

In Monaco, Christmas Eve was the occasion when all the members of a family would gather at their home to perform, as a preliminary act to the evening meal, the rite of the olive branch. Before sitting down, the youngest of the guests, or the oldest, soaked an olive branch in a glass of old wine. He approached the fireplace where a great fire of pine and laurel branches burned and with his little branch traced the sign of the Cross while pronouncing a few words on the virtues of the olive tree, a source of all kinds of good things. After this, everybody in turn would wet his lips in the glass of wine serving as an aperitif. Dinner traditionally consists of an enormous "brandamincium", a Monégasque dish of salt cod pounded with garlic, oil and cream, surrounded by "cardu", cardoon in white sauce; "barba-giuan", literally "Uncle John", stuffed fritters and "fougasses" flat crunchy biscuits sprinkled with sugared aniseed colored red and white, flavored with several drops of rum and orange-flower water.

On the table covered with a splendid cloth lay a round loaf of bread "u pan de Natal" (the Christmas loaf) on which four walnuts formed a Cross surrounded by several olive twigs.

During Christmastime today in Monaco, one can still find "barba-giuan", "fougasses" and "u pan de Natal" at some of the bakeries in the Principality. In addition, many Monégasques enjoy the Midnight Mass at the Cathedrale.

Exhibition of H.S.H. The Prince of Monaco's Private Collection of Classic Cars

Terrasses de Fontvieille
MC 98000, Monaco
Tel.: (+377) 92 05 28 56
Fax: (+377) 92 05 96 09
www.palais.mc

General Information
Open daily: from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Closed on December 25
Rate (per person): 6€
Children from 8 to 14 years old: 3€
Duration of visit: 45 minutes

Description
The visitor will be able to admire some one hundred vintage and veteran motorcars made by some of Europe’s most prestigious firms. From the 1903 De Dion Bouton to the 1986 Lamborghini Countach, as well as the 1929 Bugatti, the Croisière Jaune Citroem Torepdo and the 1952 Rolls Royce, each of these glittering automobiles is perfectly maintained and they tell the story of XX century motoring history.

Exhibition of H.S.H. The Prince of Monaco's Private Collection of Classic Cars

Terrasses de Fontvieille
MC 98000, Monaco
Tel.: (+377) 92 05 28 56
Fax: (+377) 92 05 96 09
www.palais.mc

General Information
Open daily: from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Closed on December 25
Rate (per person): 6€
Children from 8 to 14 years old: 3€
Duration of visit: 45 minutes

Description
The visitor will be able to admire some one hundred vintage and veteran motorcars made by some of Europe’s most prestigious firms. From the 1903 De Dion Bouton to the 1986 Lamborghini Countach, as well as the 1929 Bugatti, the Croisière Jaune Citroem Torepdo and the 1952 Rolls Royce, each of these glittering automobiles is perfectly maintained and they tell the story of XX century motoring history.