La Côte d’Azur

Today was our “holiday within a holiday,” as our group’s leader put it. We had a completely free day in Nice – no group activities whatsoever. I slept in, then had a delicious lunch at a restaurant overlooking the French Riviera before heading to one of the private beaches across the street.

The private beach cost €22, but in addition to the lounge chair and umbrella, you get access to private bathrooms, showers, lockers, and a changing area. It doesn’t hurt that they have good-looking French waiters serving you drinks at your lounge chair either! I was lucky enough to get a lounge chair in the front row, so I had a perfect view of the beach. I also had a deep tissue massage on the beach, which was absolutely wonderful! I was at the beach all day. The water was the perfect temperature to be refreshing, but not too cold.

I witnessed a Baywatch moment when I was at the beach. A little girl, maybe 4 or 5 years old, about 15 feet away from the shore, wearing arm floaties, started screaming, “Maman! Maman!” Strangely enough, her mother was right at the shoreline but did nothing. After a few seconds, the lifeguard whipped off his shirt, dove in the water David Hasselhoff style, and brought the girl to her mother. You go, little French lifeguard, you go.

I had dinner at the restaurant on the beach before exploring the shopping area of Nice. I got some souvenirs and a few necessities at a pharmacy that was open late. I then just wandered around until it got dark. On the way back to the hotel, I came across an impromptu breakdancing competition. When I got back to the hotel, I turned on the TV and tried to find an English station to watch the news. Strangely enough, the only English station is the NHK world news, which is actually from Japan. They keep switching between the news and a demo on how to make inari sushi!

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