The Departure: Monaco

By Lotuff Leather

Right where France meets Italy lies Monaco, a minuscule country with a very big identity. Luxurious yachts, lavish architecture, and incredible style – practically every fashion house from Céline to Alexander McQueen has a boutique here – are all within walking distance of each other, making it impossible to run out of things to do (and people to see). There’s a reason why F. Scott Fitzgerald chose Monaco as one of the settings for his sumptuously dark novel Tender is the Night.

Climb the steps to the Palace of Monaco atop Monte-Carlo, where the oldest portion of the city can be found and the sky is brighter than the colorful buildings.

Back on ground level, finish off at Buddha Bar or the Hotel de Paris, two of Monaco’s most opulent bars with a reputation for having great energy and even better drinks--it’s only appropriate to do in one of the most glamorous places in the world.

  Checking into your grand hotel requires a grand travel bag, so bring the indigo No. 12 Weekender Bag. 

- Liz Silvia