20140608 Geneva-Nice

7:20 Up.

8:10 Checked out. The weather felt like mid-summer.

8:20 Station Cornavin. I couldn’t find a chocolate store open.

8:22 Platform.

8:26 Train. Fortunately it wasn’t crowded.

8:29 Train departed.

8:35 Airport. It was a small airport with one terminal. The gate information was not listed on the boarding pass or the itinerary. The display at the airport showed gates for only the first 10 flights. Ridiculous.

8:45 Walked into one gate hoping that I could go to another gate from that one. I forgot about my water bottle again (as I did in Copenhagen), so I had to drink the water again. I walked around duty-free for some time.

9:00 Realized that there was no gate information inside the gate. I decided to walk back out.

9:10 Bought a cheese pastry and white Toblerone from a store called BreAK tiMe. Interesting capitalization. CHF 6.40.

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10:30 Read Monte Cristo in some lounge near security. I finally saw my gate, so I passed security again.

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10:40 Bought a box of chocolate from duty free. CHF 25.

10:45 Met Sybil.

11:00 Joined the line to board the plane.

11:15 Shuttle bus. It was my first time using a shuttle bus to get to the aircraft.

11:18 Got off in the middle of the airport and walked up. The EasyJet plane was cute. But they double-booked Sybil’s seat, so we got re-assigned.

11:34 Plane started.

11:43 Took off. It felt a little unstable, possibly due to its small size.

12:25 Landed. That was short, and felt even shorter.

12:33 Gate.

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12:35 Out of the airport.

12:40 Bought a bus ticket to Nice Ville. EUR 6.

12:43 Bus No. 98.

12:47 Bus started.

13:02 Bus stayed at Terminal 1 forever and left.

13:16 Off.

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13:24 Hostel. Checked in. EUR 70.39.

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13:35 Left our bags in the baggage room, which was big yet completely full.

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13:45 Went to a crepe place called Da F near Place Massena. I ordered a glass of white wine and crepe with ham, cheese, and egg. The crepe was great! I wished I could eat breakfast menu all the time.

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14:35 Out. EUR 11.

15:05 Walked around a little, watched children running around, and came back to the hostel. The line at the front-desk was really long.

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15:20 Room. There were 16 beds in the room, but it was somewhat divided into two sections.

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16:10 Chatted for a while and decided to head out again. We walked around the old town. The city definitely felt like a vacation town. It was clean, the buildings were old and colourful and generally much more pedestrian-friendly than any city I had been to. Most people were tourists and there were restaurants and ice cream stores everywhere.

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Walked to Port Nice in my sandals and almost died. I had no idea I would be walking so much. I had to rest a while on a bench. The port itself wasn’t special, but the stone beach along the way was huge, and the colour of the water was amazing. The nickname of the coast, Côte d’Azur, made perfect sense. There wasn’t much shade, so I was glad I put on sun screen very carefully at the hostel.

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18:35 Walked back to the hostel through Place Garibaldi. I was exhausted from the heat.

18:45 Went to the hostel bar for the happy hour. I had one can of Ottweiler pilsner, and it was alright. EUR 1.
I got to watch the final point of Roland Garros men’s final at the bar, between Djokovic and Nadal. We moved to a different room when the bar got too loud. They had a lot of sitting areas, which was great.

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20:30 We decided to get dessert crepes and watch the sunset, so we headed out again. There was still light out, but it was much cooler. We walked around old town, and along the extremely long restaurant street. I had never seen so many restaurants together.

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21:10 Went to a less crowded, relatively cheap crepe place called Glacier Rossetti near the church square. Nutella crepe was always right. EUR 3.

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21:20 Walked to the beach eating crepe. We sat down on the stone beach. It was awesome because we didn’t have to worry about getting sand on the clothes or shoes. It was very calm. There wasn’t much waves or winds.

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22:25 Headed back to the hostel. We had to pass through a sand patch on the way back, unfortunately.

22:40 Hostel. It was still quite crowded. There was one bathroom (with both shower and toilet), so I went to the basement to use the shower.

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