If yesterday I attempted to make you feel sorry for me for having to travel to Nice and Monaco, today I might make you jealous.
I arrived in Nice around 9AM on Monday morning. When I arrived at my hotel, my room wasn’t ready yet, but after only a few minutes in the lobby, I was given a key and sent upstairs. This was a good thing because having not slept a wink on the flight over, I was about to nod off in the lobby.
I climbed into bed and set my alarm so that I’d get in a nice 2 hour nap. Or should I say a Nice 2 hour nap? In either case, I have found that it’s best not to sleep more than 2 hours when I arrive in a new time zone, especially when traveling in an Eastward direction.
I woke up before my alarm went off. I jumped out of bed feeling panicked that perhaps I had missed a meeting. I logged in immediately to see what emails I’d gotten since falling asleep. Given that it was only 7AM back in the Eastern US, I hadn’t received much of anything.
After convincing myself I hadn’t missed anything, I jumped in the shower to discover it was one of those weird adaptations of a tub with a curtain on hooks shooting out from the post the shower head was installed on like a star. I pulled the curtain around me, but it only went about ½ way around. I did my best not to spray the entire bathroom. This might explain why the toilet (and toilet paper) were in another room–it could be the only way they stay dry when someone showers.
Feeling wide awake and fresh, I threw on some casual clothes and went out to take a walk along the shore. Unfortunately, I was somewhat disoriented and walked the wrong direction. By the time I found the shore, I wasn’t feeling so fresh anymore.
But, the beach was lovely. The wind was blowing and the air was fresh. What more could an American on a business trip ask for?
I experimented with panoramic shots on the shore with my iPhone. I ended up creating a peninsula out of the rocks I was standing on and turning the shoreline into an inlet because of the effect of shooting panoramic. It was kind of fun.