Pascal Camia (General Manager of the hotel Hermitage in Monaco):
Mr. Cumia, you — born Monegasque. A lot of talk about the difference in mentality between you and the French. Is she really that big?
Monegasques are people educated in the French cul tural tradition, but with Italian blood. Such is the mixture. We feel that we are Mediterranean people, however, do not feel French. This is probably because we are only about 8000 people and we view ourselves as family and not as citizens of the state. And Prince albert II head we consider not so much the state as our family.
We try to keep our traditions, they are very important to us. For example, every time the royals celebrate a birthday or any celebration, they have picnics, all are welcome to attend the Monaco. On 12 July, Prince albert celebrates the 10th anniversary of his reign. And to celebrate he’s invited everyone on the Monaco Palace square for a great dinner with cocktails. Continue reading
Full name: Hotel Astoria St. Petersburg
Type: historic hotel
Number of rooms: 168, including 5 presidential suites
Room price: from 8 000 in low season
At the turn of XIX-XX centuries only the most fashionable hotel in the world named “Astoria”. The founders of this tradition became the Anglo-American heirs of the dynasty the Astors, who created a network of luxury hotels “Waldorf Astoria”.
St. Petersburg “Astoria”, built 100 years ago in the era of the Belle époque by the famous architect Johann-Friedrich Lidval, from the first days of its existence has gained the reputation of the most comfortable hotels of the city and one of the best in Europe. Its luxurious hall “Winter garden”, a superbly equipped kitchen, restaurants, cafes, Banquet halls, library and rooms – this was all done by the very latest technology and meet the requirements of the most demanding and famous guests. Continue reading
Travel Guide: Monaco
The Principality of Monaco is located in southern Europe, on a narrow strip of Mediterranean coast Riviera is about 10 km from the French-Italian border. The boundary length of 1050 m and total area about 200 hectares. the Total area of the country is 1.95 sq. km. to Cross the entire territory in a few hours.
Monaco – a sample of good taste and refined joie de vivre. Local interests – high society: the yachts, the casino and the “Formula 1”, exhibitions of art, balls and concerts. Lovers of fine cuisine will not be bored, wineries beckon to try rare collectible varieties. Shoppers present the best collection of the season. Continue reading