Onwards to Nice

Trip Start Mar 23, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Annecy. 2nd May

We made our way to Annecy with a short stop (and a made dash) around Genevre. (It was pretty there, the lake looked nice but we didn't really have much time except to have lunch and short look around and then run for the bus.)

Annecy is a nice little place but we only had the after noon there so we didn't have much time for a proper look around and the tour leader couldn't tell us much to see etc anyway so I assume I didn't miss anything.

One fo the girls and I went to a wader around, we both wanted to find an internet café the tour guide said was near the hotel but couldn't see it anywhere down the street we were told should have a couple on.

Toni ended up talking me into going on a paddle boat with her on the lake, I hate deep water so it took a while to convince me (she offered to pay which helped even though I paid for myself anyway since I felt guilty she had to offer to talk me into the idea.) We had great fun for almost an hour paddle around. We had two teenage girls drop their pants and show us their bum for some reason when we first started and then we just paddled around happy to look at the more attractive natural scenery that surrounded the lake. At one point we saw a bird ducking diving down into the water to find a fish and then we both went made trying to take photos of it when it popped back up with a fish hanging out of its mouth. We were both amazed at how far it had managed to swim in such a small time. It was a funny looking bird that had feathers on its head that looked like Mickey Mouse ears. It did take us a while, and much confusion, to notice that there were actually 3 of these birds and that was why they seemed to get so far away so fast. It was great fun trying to paddle around to keep with them while we were both have hysterics over thinking it had just been one bird. We admired some more bird life (including some ducks with Mohawk hairdos) and managed to park the boat in the right area.

We had a look around the local shops and went into a glorious chocolate shop. We both wanted to buy something and Toni picked up a packet to have a closer look and a very angry shop keeper glared at us and told us not to touch anything, not touch anything in a chocolate shop!?! Silly cow. That put us off buying anything. As we wandered around we managed to find an ice cream shop that was still open. I got a Pampillmouse rose scoop of ice-cream and a lavender one. I didn't realise pampillmouse is French for grapefruit. I haven't pulled so many faces over an ice-cream before in y life. I still managed to eat it though. The lavender was strong but wonderful. I love the smell of the plant so it was interesting to be able to eat it.

For the group dinner that night I tried a glass of Kir which is made up of white wine (which I normally don't like) and a form of violet liquor. It was very nice but tasted rather strong. Our main meal was a form of chicken in a gravy which for some reason struck me as being the type you make out of a packet. I had Tiramisu for pudding (I know its Italian and I wasn't in Italy) which was ok but the glass it was served in was mostly filled with cream and mascarpone cheese with only a small amount of coffee liquor soaked sponge at the bottom.

That night I was lucky enough to get a room to myself since there was an uneven amount of girls and we were supposed to be rotating around.

3rd May- Onwards to Nice.

On the way at lunch I managed to get myself a "Magic Box" at a local burger restaurant (like NZ Happy Meals for kids.) It was an interesting experience trying to ask the poor girl behind the counter what toy was in the box from Ice Age (a movie) and was it the squirrel. Eventually we managed to get though to each other what we meant- how I wanted another toy than the one on offer and how there wasn't any other toy at that time. I also managed to find rose flavours sweets that I am trying to ration out so I can bring them home to NZ.

That night, after checking in, we glamorized ourselves (I wore a skirt- don't have a heart attack) we were bused toward Monte Carlo to have dinner and see the Casino. We saw the royal palace before dinner and the Formula 1 race circuit. Martin (the driver) lied the bus up in the starting lane and revved the engine before continuing driving about. (and I kept thinking F1 track there was a separate area no on the street around Monte Carlo- sorry Dad.)

After dinner and meeting the old eccentric looking chef we went to the big and beautiful Monte ~Carlo Casino. It cost 10€ to get in but you got that same amount back in chips, a nice way to start people gambling there. I managed to somehow spend my chips and make a 10€ profit. Toni made 300€, she didn't say what she spent, and one of the girls (the "Moulin Rouge dancer when I grow up" one) managed to get some men to keep buying her several 30€ cocktails. (she also was offered to go to the car-park for a "quickie" with one of the men there.)

4th Free day in Nice.

That morning my main aim was to clean my washing at the local laundry mat. Most of the tour group had the same idea. As it was washing I had a quick look around the local shopping mall and doubled my make-up kit by buying myself some cute earrings (3 in a pack, I count them as one thing) and some nail polish. After washing a trio of us went for a wander towards the beach (I found Tiramisu ice cream along the way.)

The water was amazing to look at, a wonderful blue colour. The peebles, by the time we left, felt like sharp stones under your bottom (and if you sat at the edge I was told by the other two the water threw the stones at you in a painful manner) and the sun was nice and hot. (Sun block is my friend.) It was strange to sit on the beach though and see a few pidgeons flying around rather than seagulls like back at home.

We had a late lunch of snails in garlic butter (I know I can't spell its proper name so I'm not going to try!) I hate 4 of the 12 the three of us shared. they were nicer than I thought but I'm not sure if I would have them again. On the way back to the hotel I tried Soca a local dich of chick-pea pancakes which really dries out your mouth. I also managed to find rose ice-cream (not grapefruit included this time.)

I ended the day having a relaxed super-market bought salad and was able to track down some lavender ice-cream for one of the girls who han't been able to find any flower-flavoured ones.

It was nice just to have a day to relax.
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