Insights is glad to welcome Notre Dame women's basketball sophomore Kellie Watson to the blogging world. Watson is corresponding daily from Europe, where the Irish are traveling and playing around France, Monaco and Italy. Today is the third entry from the Ionia, Mich. native. She joins former Notre Dame men's basketball player Ryan Ayers and wide receiver/outfielder Golden Tate as guest bloggers.
We left our hotel in Paris at 6 a.m. Most of us fell asleep on the way to the train station after our croissant and yogurt breakfast. As we made our way into the train station, which was open and had no walls, I think we all became a little more grateful of the health code in the U.S. There were birds flying around everywhere and cats roaming around looking for food. Yuck.
Thankfully, we boarded the train at 7:30 a.m. and did not have to be around the craziness of the station. Our train was very cozy and very spacious. There was ample room to sleep, which was the main priority for many of us on the five-hour train ride.
We finally reached Nice, rested and ready to go. We headed right to downtown to get some lunch as we made our way to the beach only about a 10-minute walk from our hotel. We were very anxious to get to the beach and lay out in the Mediterranean sun. Naturally, however, as soon as we got there, the sun hid behind the clouds and we decided to go for a swim instead. I swear, the water was no warmer than 65 degrees. It was freezing. Coach (Angie) Pothoff, Erica Williamson, Brittany Mallory, Lech, Natalie Novosel and I all decided to head out anyway.
The water was a beautiful shade of turquoise and was very clear. We remembered very quickly that it was salt water as we were pounded with waves as we made our way out further into the Mediterranean Sea. After your body got used to the temperature of the water it wasn't bad at all. We we all very glad we decided to go for a dip.
After we dried off, some of us decided to walk up 488 steps to get a look from above the town. The first 100 steps or so were brutal, but it was all very worth it in the end. We could see for miles and miles out of the city. We could even see some of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Alps. It was absolutely gorgeous.
Thankfully we were able to get some much needed free time this evening as well, just to relax and recoup from the long day. Tomorrow, we are traveling to Lake Como, but not before we make a pit stop for some fun in Monte Carlo!!!
- Watson's World: Wandering Around Rome
- Watson's World: The Vatican And A Goodbye
- Watson's World: Tape It Up
- Watson's World: Making Deals On The Road
- Watson's World: Fascination With Gelato
- Watson's World: Spotting Prince Albert And Lake Como
- Watson's World: Gold Leaf, Not Looking Down And A Win
- Watson's World: Welcome To Europe!