Day ONE in Nice. We have arrived!  Oooo-la-la.  I cannot believe how close the mountains are to the ocean! Neal and I are chilling at the rooftop restaurant and pool while we wait for our room to be ready. 

We have arrived! Our flight was great. Lots of food! Salmon and corn relish app+ sweet pea salad + tuna + chocolate cake. Sleeping was hard but I think we managed three hours of interrupted snoozes. We also watched Eddie the Eagle. It was a good one to watch pre race!

Once in Nice (about 10am on Monday) We caught a cab big enough for my bike box and four pieces of luggage and headed to the Marriott. Our radio tuned into U2's song ONE and I felt right at home. Our cabbie said Bono had a house right up the road. Maybe he'll be at the finish line! 

 View from the plane. This is north of Nice.

View from the plane. This is north of Nice.

 I cannot believe how close the mountains are to the ocean! We had lunch at the rooftop restaurant and then went for a long walk into town. We finally checked in at 4pm. Evidently a Gold Marriott member is allowed to check out whenever they please - so, the guest before us took their time getting out of town. Once we checked in, I set out to put my bike back together. After only one small glitch, I pieced it all together without a single curse word. (hashtagmiracle) We celebrated by going out for dinner (pizza!).

We stayed up until about 10pm local time before falling into bed.

 From the plane. This is above Nice. Maybe Bono lives here.

From the plane. This is above Nice. Maybe Bono lives here.

 See those snow-capped mountains? #gulp

See those snow-capped mountains? #gulp

 View from the rooftop bar.

View from the rooftop bar.

 Surgery took 80 minutes. Felt pretty badass on this one. #thanksCharlie #feltlikegreysanatomy #superheropose

Surgery took 80 minutes. Felt pretty badass on this one. #thanksCharlie #feltlikegreysanatomy #superheropose

 View from the hotel.

View from the hotel.

ONE by U2

One love
One blood
One life
You got to do what you should
One life
With each other
Sisters
Brothers
One life
But we're not the same
We get to
Carry each other
Carry each other

 

[good to feel and hear and see in a country so far away]

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