29th April - 1st May
07.05.2007 -17 °C
My patience is being tested today on a French keyboard. I have typed this 5 times as keep losing it because I am pressing the wrong key!! Slow learner.
We spent the afternoon doing a hop on hop off tour and really enjoyed this one. We got to go up the hill and have a great view of Nice. We were also taken into the residential area and saw some great villas! After the tour we went for a walk down the promenade and could not get over the beach. It is not until you come away that you really appreciate what we take for granted in Australia. People were sunbaking on what we thought was a cool day. They were lying on rocks and pebbles! The beach was crowded. We ate in the busy part and had an enjoyable meal.
The next day we were up early to catch a train to Monaco. We had to be back by 2pm as our train was leaving for Marseille at 3.50pm.
Monaco is very pretty. They have a new train station and it is very elaborate. We walked to the palace and as only we could, we walked the long way. We saw the changing of the guards and did an audio tour of the palace. As to be expected it was very beautiful. We had lunch outside the palace taking in the beautiful view of the harbour. We also did a train tour of the city. We did not get to visit inside the casino as was on the other side and to walk would have made us late for the train.
Walking back to the train once again we saw more of Monaco than planned. It is very hilly and we kept going up and couldn't find a road to take us down. We new we were close, it didn't help that the railway station from the outside doesn't look like a railway station!
A big problem when we arrived because we found out their was a rail strike and our train to Nice had being cancelled and the next one was not due until 4.00pm. Quick thinking got us on a bus that arrived at the good old bus station an hour before our train left but then we had the task of getting a taxi. No easy feat in Nice! We got to the train station 5 mins before our train left.
We arrived in Marseille and caught a taxi to the hotel. Thanks to the girls we were not staying around the train station. Marseille reminded us of Naples. We ate at a great little French restaurant a short walk from the hotel and really enjoyed the atmosphere. french music playing in the background and lots of fun ordering as the menu was all in French! We left Marseille early the next day for the Loire Valley. Interesting our taxi to the hotel was 20euro and 10euro from the hotel to the station!!