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Global Village: Charlene reigns over Monaco


Princess Charlene of Monaco

Princess Charlene of Monaco

Princess Charlene of Monaco

Princess Charlene of Monaco looked stunning while arriving at the 68th annual Red Cross Gala at the Salle des Étoiles in Monte Carlo on the arm of her husband, Prince Albert II.

Monte Carlo is the playground of Europe's wealthy and royalty, yet is also popular with tourists.

Attractions include the Fort Antoine, an 18th-century fortress overlooking the old port on the northeastern section of the Rock (the Rock is in the oldest of Monaco's four quarters).

The changing of the Monégasque Guard takes place daily in front of The Prince's Palace of Monaco and the stronghold of the Grimaldi family, who first captured it in 1297. The royal palace sits atop the hill and overlooks moored boats and yachts.

The Cathédrale de Monaco is where Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace got married.

How to haggle like a professional

Cruiseline.com has suggestions on how you can haggle like a pro in markets. In some countries, not haggling is considered a sign of arrogance.

If you're travelling to a part of the world that's known for a certain type of artisan work (say black pearls in Tahiti, or antique furniture in China), be sure to research prices.

Don't go bargain hunting while wearing your finest jewels and carrying a designer handbag.

Credit cards mean additional fees for the merchants, so they usually prefer dealing in cash.

Don't start by pitching a price that's too low. Begin your negotiation by saying you'll pay 60pc of the quoted price. This is respectful of the skill and hours that went into the item.

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Don't appear overly keen. As soon as the merchant catches the excitement in your eyes, he will know that he has the upper hand.

Be aware of credit card charges

Do you know that you may incur debit card charges when using your money cards outside the eurozone? Consumerhelp.ie has some advice for when you're spending abroad.

If you're outside the eurozone, you will pay a transaction fee every time you use your card to get money from an ATM or to buy something.

This is usually a percentage of the value of the transaction, but most banks have a minimum fee per transaction, as much as €3 each time you use your card.

So bear in mind that using your card a lot, particularly if you are taking out small amounts of money, can be expensive.

In addition to the transaction fees, your bank will also charge you for converting the transaction into euro every time you use your debit card.


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