We went down to where the Little White Train was parked. Many people were already sitting in it so we asked the driver and he said to hop on and he will come and get the money. It was only 10 euros each for adults and 5 euro for children 4-12.
So we found a seat and waited for the adventure to come. After waiting for no more than 5 mins we were off on our way. We went down the Promenade des Anglais towards the port. Then it veered left and went into the Place Massana, then through the flower market. We went through small little laneways that any other vehicle unless a bike wouldn’t be able to get through. Passing cafes with many patrons sipping their coffee and eating pastries, I could have easily lent out of the train and had a sip or a bite to eat. We meandered through the old town of Nice, back onto the Promenade des Anglais round to the Port of Nice via the Place Garibaldi.
We began to climb up a steep hill to where once many years ago a very impressive Castle. You could see people climbing up the stairs, perhaps if I was fit I may have “tried” that, The little white train was doing the climb much easier than if I had climbed the stairs. At the flower market there is a lift you can use also.
The views were amazing. We passed the ruins of the Castle – Castle Park (Parc du Chateau / Colline du Chateau). The train stops at the top for about 20 mins. There is a little cafe where you can get cold drinks or ice cream. Muriel and I were more interested in the views. You could see all of Nice with their orange roofs in one direction or look out over the Bay of Angels.
We boarded the little white train and it weaved its way down the hill and around the Port up the Promenade De Anglais to where we first boarded. The trip took over an hour. Although on the website it says 45 minutes.
We then wandered through the park to come across a festival. Decided a drink was on the agenda. Every cafe was full to overflowing so we wandered into a Macdonalds and got a drink and a seat. It was very hot. When we came out we flagged down a taxi to take us back to our hotel.
Our friends we met on the trip the year before were flying in this evening from England. Peter and Tania would arrive around 9pm and would catch up with us in the lobby/cafe at the hotel for a couple of drinks. They were staying in the same hotel.
So we went for a lie down and then a shower to freshen up.
We went down to dinner around 7pm. Lovely restaurant it was by the pool. We ordered drinks and something to eat and to wait for our friends.
Their flight would take around 45-50 minutes from London to Nice. How nice it would be to live in Europe and only have a short time to travel and your in another country.
Muriel and I were trying to stay awake when finally our friends arrived. They were exhausted and I think so were we so we had a drink a bit of a chat and decided to catch up for breakfast before going into Nice for the day.
To be continued: