Map: Marseilles, France to Nice, France
Early checkouts always required, we relocate to the familiar Etap courtyard
to enjoy our breakfast of French bread with meil (honey), tuna, and kiwis.
Thinking ahead, we also request the front desk to make reservations at an Etap in Nice.
We soon make friends with the lingering hotel cat
and share the drippings from our tuna.
After some very enjoyable leisure time, it’s back to the train station to continue on to Nice.
This time, the train seating arrangements are much more accommodating
as we are able to sit at a table facing one another.
Another train, another game of UNO breaks the ice,
and it does not take long to make friends with the fourth passenger sitting at the table,
EV, a mechanical engineering student from Cannes.
At the station, we take a small rest to gather our bearings
before setting out to catch the bus to another Hotel Etap.
Near the boarder of Italy, the cultures begin to blur.
A quick bus ride to the Etap with the aid of a British local, we arrive with daylight to spare.
The view out our window is a beautiful surprise…
…the sparkling Mediterranean Sea is in view!
Downstairs, a corner bodega market provides the comforts
of self-catering required for a fine dinner.
Bleu cheese, French bread, salami, and a tasty variety of Amsterdam Dutch beers.
Back at in the room, we make something like a plan.
After a snack, we venture a block away to
the Promenade des Anglais (Walk of the English) bordering the waterfront.
Finally, we retire to our dorm beds for a restful night.