Anyone planning a trip to Monaco should read "Dots on the Map" by Colin Leckey.  It's the tale of the author's quirky trip around Europe's seven smallest countries - the Faroes, Liechtenstein, San Marino, the Vatican City, Monaco, Andorra and Gibraltar.

The book combines wry, humorous anecdotes with fascinating details about the history, geography and politics of each of the countries he visits.  The highlights of his trip to Monaco include mixing it with the high rollers at the Casino and losing everything, walking the wrong way round the Grand Prix circuit (he was never a big racing fan), and doing his best to avoid being brainwashed by the Griamldi family during a tour of the Royal Palace.  He explores how the tiny country has survived down the centuries - it all began with soldiers disguised as monks - and learns that Monaco's riches are surprisingly nouveaux.

The book is available on Amazon for around £8.99, and the "search inside" facility is available so you can read more before buying. 

If you want to understand the history of Monaco and its political life the best book so far is LE PRINCE SUR SON ROCHER written by journalist Frederic Laurent, published by Fayard.   This book may or may not have been translated into English but  by far this is really a must read for anyone seriously interested in Monaco.

Travel Pictorial - Country or Natural Wonder

Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).    

Travel Guide(s) - Country, Region or City

Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nuggat of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s)  you like the best.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s)
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • Note: You will find about thirteen ( 13+ ) other publishing companies  travel guides in bookstores.  

Travel Books - Children

Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.

Travel DVD or Video Viewing

  • These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVD's in your local area.

  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVD's or  Video's on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • Escorted Tour Companies  DVD or Video's  e.g. Rick Steves' 
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site