21.03.2007 - 23.03.2007 10 °C
So after a 5 hour train journey, i did stop in Genova for a couple of hours, and had a quick look around, Looked like quite a nice place which surprised me. I arrived in Nice, at about 7pm. Caught the last bus out to my where my niece is working at the radisson hotel. It took about 20 mins she is a long way from the center of nice. Anyway found the hotel and there was Billie looking very smart in her uniform waiting in reception. I never thought id see my niece work for a living, anyway, after drawing a very dubious map i made my way to her apartment. I wish i could scan it in becuase with no road names, im amazed that i found it. I dumped my stuff and Billie texted me to say that she could leave work early so her lovely room mates made me some food, and then i shot back to the hotel. We then went to an irish band to watch a live band and did lots of catching up.
Woke the next morning about midday, and went off to see eze which is a village castle like place in the mountains. Full of gift shops and a lovely garden. The location is quite stunning, and when u look at the village from a distence it looks like it has grown out of the mountain. I then went on to Monoco. I only had a few hours there but managed to see most of it, also to get totaly lost in some very expensive hotel trying to find the exit, I dont even now how i got there, i started off in a shopping area, and after walking down endless corridors and taking a couple of lifts up and down I found my self in one of the corridors of the Hotel de Paris. Eventually found someone who showed me the way out. All i was trying to get to was the harbour.
I mean it looks like the sort of place i can afford to be. !!
Anyway, then i went to go look at the boats in the harbour, they are insane. with there poshers and mercedes parked out front, after looking at couple i realised that these are the sort of boats u seen in Hello magazine. I want one in the future !
I then had a quick look at Monoco, very relaxing place to see, even though some very famous people live there u dont get a sense of vast amounts of money being floated around, though i did want to try and get money out of the cash point to see if it only offered me thouands rather then hundreds of Euros. Had a te con leche in a cafe overlooking the harbour then made my way to the train station. Once I arrived back in Nice I went to a different irish bar and met my friend Danielle, from Naples and we proceed to drink long island iceteas until about 2 in the morning. I decided that Bille lived to far out of town and crashed at Danielles. The next morning feeling only slightly hungover, i made my way back to Billies, were we spent a very pleasant morning on her balcony, eating, reading and chatting. We then went to go to the post office, to collect a parcel from dad, and had lunch in some wierd old fashioned cafe, Billie thought it was the sort of place u would find in a desert of some small town in the usa. Took us ages to get served, but once the sandwiches arrived, we were hungry and the were delious. Billie then went to work.
I went back to her apartment, and had a shower, and even though it was bitterly cold, decided to walk into nice, only the promade with wet hair, i decision i was later to regret. I walked around old town nice for a while, then went to the bar to met Danielle. I had an hour to kill so jumped on the net, and spoke to a friend on msn. Danielle arrived and we started drinking, Billie joined us later that evening, got home about 2am. Billie friends arrived, and she went back out clubbing, I went to bed.
Next morning I woke still drunk, and took my stuff over to Danielle´s as it was closer to the train station, kissed my niece goodbye and spent a very hungover day in Cannes. Cannes is great i saw them getting ready for this years show, the da was sunny, and not so cold, Waked along the shopping streets, where i reckn if u blinded folded me, i would still be able to tell u which area the rich do there shopping.
I then went back to nice and took the night train to Barcelona.