It was my second time visiting Nice, France, and I was determined to make the most of it. Last time, 5 years ago, I spent my layover here exploring the pretty old town and walking along the beachfront promenade.
This time, along with 6 others, we hired a tour guide and visited some of the most stunning spots along the Côte D’Azur.
Luckily for us our tour guide Ben usually takes crew out, so he was waiting for us in the hotel and we soon set out to explore. He picked us up and our first stop was the beautiful Old Town, where along he gave us a detailed history of Nice, and some free time to explore.
It’s very rare that you fly with the same person more than once or twice, let alone fly with your friends, so you can imagine my excitement when my friend Emma was able to swap onto my flight to Prague!
It was an afternoon departure out of Dubai, so we were feeling well rested and ready for some exploring the next day. The flight was pretty busy, but we survived!
Once we reached Prague, it was a bit of a drive to the hotel, and time was getting on, so we popped to a bar with an outdoor terrace next to the hotel for a sunset drink.
When I got my roster last month and saw that I had a flight to Vienna coming up, I knew I was in for a treat. My school friend Iris sent me a message asking if I had any plans, and we soon made one, for her to come up and stay for 24 hours.
We try to catch up whenever possible, but it’s usually only once or twice a year, depending on how often I’m able to get back to Austria. She had taken the bus from her hometown Klagenfurt (where I also lived for 6 years) to come and meet me in Vienna, and was waiting in our hotel when I arrived from Dubai.
We immediately changed and got ready to head out into the city.
It was around a 30 minute stroll to the city centre, and it was so good to catch up as we walked!
It had been a while since I’d visited Warsaw, and I was looking forward to my second ever trip there. (Especially as it was -12 degrees last time!)
The flight is nice and short from Dubai at around 5 hours, and we landed around midday ready to explore.
Some of the crew were going home and some had plans to watch the world cup, so I met up with one of the guys who had some friends there who would show us around.
We strolled into the city, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.
This month rosters came out a little earlier than usual, which was a nice surprise!
I got 2 of my bids, as well as a couple of other flights which I didn’t ask for.
Starting off the month is my trip to Brussels which rolls over from June, and then:
- BOM – Bombay, India (turnaround)
- SYD – CHC – SYD – Sydney, Australia & Christchurch, New Zealand
- VIE – Vienna, Austria
- STN – London Stansted, UK
- (LHR – London Heathrow, UK) – Since changed to HKG – Hong Kong
- STN – London Stansted, UK
As usual there’s one turnaround in there, fairly standard for every roster!
Then I have a 5 day multi-sector to Sydney and Christchurch which I’m actually quite looking forward to, as it’s been ages since I last visited Sydney and Christchurch will be a new destination for me!
After that I have a trip to Vienna – you may know I used to live in Austria (in a small town called Klagenfurt) for 6 years, so I will see if my brother or any of my Austrian friends are around to catch up there.
Then I have 3 trips to the UK! I did bid for Stansted, as it’s so close to home it’s now very easy for me to visit my family on the layover, although I didn’t bid for Heathrow so I will see if I’m able to swap that. Update – since writing this post I’ve swapped it for a Hong Kong, one of my favourites!
That’s it! Another month with a lot of flying, and a new destination on the other side of the world to visit!
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