Jan 01, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
The next day on the coach was a quiet one, with most people sleeping off the night before. The drive was really long and we didn't arrive in Nice until late afternoon. Our hotel room was cute, with windows that opened onto the street below. We had dinner at a local restaurant and walked around the city a bit to see the sights. We went to Wayne's bar after dinner where they have local live bands and dancing on the table is mandatory. Many of us were exhausted from the night before so we headed back to the hotel after our first drink. The next day was a free day, so my roomie and I slept in a bit, then grabbed a coffee to go and headed for the beach. We spent the morning on the rocky shores of the Meditteranean and soaked up the sun. We've been really lucky with the weather, the worst being in Paris. It was about 60 and sunny. We watched some of our friends brave the chill and go for a swim. For two hours we just sat on the shores and collected rocks and sea glass. I've never seen so much sea glass...I was in heaven! I even found some rare yellow pieces. From here we strolled along the sidewalks and found an outdoor waterfront cafe for lunch. We had pizza overlooking the sunny Mediterannean. It was pure bliss. Afterwards we walked up to the top of the chateau to see panoramic views of the sea and city, which was breathtaking. I took so many pictures, I killed my camera battery. Around 2 we headed back to the hotel to get dressed up for dinner in Monaco. We headed out, stopping first at a French perfumery. I went in with some friends on a package deal and got some lovely perfume. Which would later leak all over my bag, which still smells nice. From there we walked past the Monaco Palace, where Prince Albert was home, because the flag was flying. The views of the harbor with all the expensive boats was beautiful. For dinner we had a nicoise salad, chicken, an apple tart, and wine. Afterwards we went to the famous Monte Carlo casino, where we also saw the hairpin turn for the races. There were lots of very expensive cars parked out front, and I think we all felt a little out of place. Before going in, out tour manager had us all put two euro into a pot, and whoever guessed our bus driver's birthday closest won the pot and would play black or red at roulette. Bex won and then doubled her pot at the table. It was very exciting! I played twenty euro in a slot machine and ended p losing, but it was fun. Afterwards a few of us grabbed some beers at a local pub before calling it a night.