So, after a drive that felt like forever – this coach is fine, its got music, A/C, but after being on it for 7 plus hours it feels like a prison – we pulled up to our “campsite” in the South of France. We did have one stop in a place called Arles, which is a neat little town where apparently Van Gogh lived for a year and also has a Roman forum.
Its called a camping hotel – its cabins, and every two cabins had a shared bathroom, with 2 people to a cabin. I think its fine in terms of accomdations – it was clean, showers worked, and the food was good – though I’d certainly go no rougher. The first night we had diner, and then some of the group went down to the beach, which I refrained from because I was feeling pretty sick. I headed into bed early, and man was it warm that night – I woke up in the middle of the night genuinely worried about heat stroke or something! However I did feel a bit better the next morning, where we headed into Nice for a few hours.
First we stopped at Fragonhards, a perfumary I had been to in Paris on my last Contiki. The drive there was really the spectacular part – the Cote d’Azur is one of the most beautiful coastlines I’ve ever seen!
I stayed outside for the perfume tour – perfume gives me a migraine – and once we were done we made it into Nice.
I hit up a pharmacy right off the bat and got some of the French equivalent of Tylenol cold and sinus, which really seems to be helping so far. Then I had lunch in a cafe overlooking the beach, and then made my way to the beach. The beach was made of rocks, which was a bit hard on the feet, but the water was sooo blue!!!
Then, sadly, a minor tragedy struck, and although I was above the wave line, a giant wave came in and soaked me – less important – and my phone – more important! So my phone is dead right now: trying to dry it out with rice but not sure if that will help 😦 Thankfully I had another phone with me on airplane mode so I got a data and text roaming with them, but its a shitty plan compared to how much I had before with the other phone, so I can really only use it for Google maps 😦 Needless to say, future uploads will now be dependant on the quality of WiFi, so some posts might have to come once I’m home again, but I’ll try my best!
Oh well, c’est la vie, as the French would say.
After Nice we went back to the campsite, and got changed for Monaco. Monaco is a really fascinating place to look at – its so vertical, with everything so hilly and narrow! Apparently its some of the most expensive real estate in the world, and we went and saw the palace:
And took in the amazing city view:
Before making our way to the Monte Carlo casino.
I’ve very little interest in gambling, so me a three others in the group went and chilled on the roof top bar at the Fairmont Monaco, which was beautiful and a lovely relaxing time.
It was even worth the 15 euros I paid for a non alcoholic cocktail!
It tasted like a slushy, and was amazing 🙂
Then we left Monaco and headed back to the campsite, where thankfully the temp had dropped a bit, so it was actually a very pleasant night 🙂 Departure was at 9 am, for another 7 – why???? – hour drive to Veince, but I’m sure Italy will be worth it!!