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.
This morning at 8:15 we headed into town on a team run. Dodging cars and mopeds, we made our way down to the boardwalk area on the beach and ran for about 20 minutes. We got back to the hotel and ate some breakfast before we left Nice for Monte Carlo.
It was only about a half-hour drive along the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. We spent just about 3 1/2 hours in Monte Carlo, touring the cathedral where Princess Grace Kelly is buried, the Palace where the Monegasque (native of Monaco) royal family lives and the famous Monte Carlo Casino. We saw the changing of the guard in front of the palace, and even Prince Albert of Monaco rode by us in the back of a Lexus. We had lunch by the harbor where unbelievable yachts were sitting. Our tour guide said the yachts ranged anywhere from $50 (million to) $250 million in price. They were huge and beautiful. When we finally made our way to the famous Casino, many of us sat in front, as we were not allowed to get in because many of us are not 21, watching the Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Mercedes, and Ferraris drive in front of the building.
We spent the next five hours on our bus, driving to our hotel in Lake Como. When we came out of a tunnel on the highway, Lake Como appeared. It has to be one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. Between the mountains sat an amazing number of villas set in the mountainside. I can't wait to see what it looks like in the daylight! Our evening plans include a very relaxing night at our hotel and perhaps even by the poolside.
Tomorrow we are taking a boat tour on Lake Como and will hopefully see a villa that belongs to George Clooney, as well as play our second game against an Italian club team from just outside of Milan.
Talk to you tomorrow!! GO IRISH!
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- Watson's World: Making Deals On The Road
- Watson's World: Fascination With Gelato
- Watson's World: The Nice Beach
- Watson's World: Gold Leaf, Not Looking Down And A Win
- Watson's World: Welcome To Europe!