Trip Start Dec 11, 2012
70Trip End Oct 17, 2013
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The receptionist eyed us wearily. "Ahh, more South Africans... How long are you planning on staying?"
"Only three nights," we told him.
"That's what they all say," he sighed heavily. "Then before you know it, they've been here for six weeks."
It turned out that all the South Africans were yachties (boat speak for yacht workers. Yes, we are now in the know) looking for work
The next day we went on a walking tour (no funny umbrella for our guide - a baguette seemed to suit him just fine). Probably the best part was when we all decided to applaud our guide for no other reason than to make the neighboring tour uncomfortable. Here Claudia and I met an awesome group of five from England. We adopted each other for the rest of the day. Together, we sampled Nice's favorite ice cream store, Fenocchio, a heavenly place with a stand of monstrous proportions to accommodate its 96 flavors (think cactus, apple, avo, mojito, tomato, mango, rose, m&m... Ok, I'll stop now) and explored the rocky and chalky beach (evidently, the universe ran out of sand by the time it got to France). Armed with our bright red hostel t-shirts, a group of us went on the guided (thus making it educational and permissible, as opposed to an excuse to consume alcohol) pub crawl. We shan't go into details, but I got lost in the rain at 2.30 am and Claudia's shoes are now covered in chalk. We finally crashed in our English group's hostel dorm, as we didn't like our one dorm mate (the strange squint, Tourette's and occasional rage outbursts were fine, but the liquid snoring was unforgivable).
A day trip to Monaco was called for. We dragged our new Australian friends, Jono and Gus, along after they failed to procure their tickets to Barcelona. They had offered to share their supper and three bottles of wine with me the previous night and who was I to refuse?
Within three hours we managed to tick off quite a bit.
1) walk into the world's most famous casino, Monte Carlo
2) Ensue a koi fish scrimmage
3) get kicked out of a Japanese garden
4) see the world's most famous corner
5) caffeine binge
6) fall asleep on the beach
7) build a phallic statue
8) get in a beach pebble fight (inadvisable)
Deciding to pool our last few Euros together for supper, we spent the entire bus ride back to Nice deciding what to cook