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The tiny principality of Monaco celebrates its patron day on January 27, symbolically with a blessing of the sea and a fishing boat - and loads of colour and music. The Cote d’Azur and Monaco constitute a strikingly beautiful strip along the Mediterranean coast, marked by limestone headlands, calanques (inlets) and bays. Colour is everywhere, from the blue of the sea to the colours of the lavender and sunflowers. While the Monegasque territory covers a mere 1.
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