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.
After my 24 hours in Sydney, it was time to head off to Christchurch! This trip used to go to Auckland instead of Christchurch, so it was my first time visiting the city. Despite the chilly winter weather (which I had definitely underestimated…) I was so happy to be exploring a new place.
The view flying in was spectacular, and got me excited for what was to come.
I was itching to go skiing, but sadly there just wasn’t enough time on this short layover!
It’s been quite a while since I’ve spent time sightseeing in Sydney, and this trip I had two layovers there, and was determined to make the most of them!
It’s a 14 hour flight from Dubai to Sydney, and now that one crew has been removed from our long haul flights in first class, we were kept on our toes, to say the least! I was certainly ready for my bed once we checked in to our hotel in the morning, but made sure to set an alarm to at least spend some of the day awake.
Sunrise in Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge & Opera House
First things first, a walk to see the Harbour Bridge and Opera House!
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!
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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