Contiki Day 12 - Nice, France
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It was the first day of the tour to really get a sleep in and of course, my phone was ringing at 7am!! I tried to go back to sleep and eventually got out of bed at 9.30am. Bree and I were planning to meet up with Liz and Julia and spend some time at the beach.
We met the girls at 10.30am and slowing made our way down the beach. We stopped to window shop and look around, and it was lunch time before we knew it. We decided to have MacDonalds as it was the easiest thing at the time. I have a cheese royale aka a quaterpounder. We then finally made our way to the beach! It was already really busy and we managed to spot the New Zealand girls and Shiv and Mim close by so we decided to sit with them. It is the weirdest thing seeing pebbles instead of sand!! But I really liked it, it was something different.
The next couple of hours consisted of sunbaking, swimming and more sunbaking!! Bree and a few of the other girls went parasailing, but I am scared of heights so was the official photo taker on the ground. It looked like fun but my fear is the ropes won't hold my larger than average body weight and I would go plummeting to the water!! I know I am dramatising, but those thoughts literally run through my head, lol.
After getting sufficiently burnt, Bree, Liz, Julia and myself decided to do a bit of shopping to find some clothes or shoes for the night. We went in many shops with no luck. We then walked into what looked like a nice shop, it had clothes and shoes, exactly what we were looking for! I spotted a nice animal print dress that I really liked and I wanted to try it on.
Bree made it back just as I was getting out of the shower. We got dressed up again tonight because we were heading into Monaco!! Once I was out the shower I was able to get a true indication of just how burnt I had gotten while at the beach. The colour of my legs was the same as the peach/pink cardigan I had on with my black dress. I like to match but not that much.
We hopped on the bus and I realised that I was not the only one who had gotten really burnt that day. Mel was on the verge of sun stroke. We drove to Monaco and straight to the Prince's Palace. We were not allowed to take photos as there was some function on that night, so we had a look and then walked to our restaurant which was close by. The food was really nice but like most European restaurants, there was no air conditioning and it was extremely hot, with only one fan accomodating all of us. After dinner we took some pictures and then hopped back on the bus to be driven to the casino. On the way there, JB asked us to put 1 euro each in a bag he was handing around. He then gave us one card each from a deck of cards. The card he calls out wins the money. Bree one!!! I missed out by one number!! This was really impressive. The cars lined up outside was enough to realise that this was a rich people's town. We paid 10 euro entry into the casino and had a look around. The Grand Casino is actually quite small and only consists of about three rooms. I went to the poker machines and lost 40 euro in a matter of 10 minutes. Bree then decided to try her luck with the 50 euro she had won earlier. She gave the roullette table a go, and had some luck straight away. She ended up walking out with over 80 euro in her hand, pretty good when she started with nothing.
We headed back to the hotel around midnight, and we went to bed as we had a longest drive to date tomorrow....Barcelona!