Just a short two hour flight from Amsterdam and you’re in Nice. Nice is a city in the south of France laying in the heart of the Côte d’Azur. It is known for the jetset and the beautiful hotels. I went to Nice for 4 days and 3 nights. It was my first trip by plane I made in years and also the very first time that I brought my power electric wheelchair with me.
August 31, 2019 | The trip to Nice
We were flying at 12.30 and so we had to be at the airport at 10.30. We decided to be at the airport a little earlier in case anything would go wrong. I’m glad we did. The week before departure I contact the airlines to make sure everything was taken care off. Unfortunately, at the check-in they didn’t know my wheelchair was a power electric and weigh 150 kg. I’ve called 2 days prior to departure to make sure they knew but they didn’t pass that through. After 45 minutes the ground hostess succeeded to fix anything to get my wheelchair on the plane. Luckily, I was able to keep my wheelchair until we had to board.
12.00 | Boarding time!
Because checking-in took a very long time and the douane also took a long time we weren’t able to shop at the airport. We just ate a sandwich quickly and ran to the gate. When it was time to board 2 men came to assist me to get in the plane. They brought another wheelchair that was special to get me in the plane safely. Once we reached the entrance another man came to pick up my wheelchair and bring it downstairs to transport it as hold luggage.
Once all passengers seated the crew let us know that we were delayed 20 minutes because there was a problem to get the baggage in. I guess that was my wheelchair.. Let’s all laugh together.
A few minutes before we took off I got an oxygen cylinder because I need extra oxygen up in the air.
14.35 | Arriving in Nice!
After 1 hrs. and 40 minutes we landed in Nice! We landed at 14.35 so we had an afternoon in Nice to spend. My wheelchair wasn’t going to be delivered at the plane so we had to wait at the ‘odd size’ baggage carousel . This gave me a lot of stress because you can’t get a 150 kg wheelchair off that carousel with 2 persons.. the assistants were convinced that my wheelchair would be coming there. Luckily, a few minutes later they came to the conclusion that he wasn’t. The aircraft staff already placed my wheelchair somewhere else. I was so happy to see my wheelchair again, lol. It wasn’t damaged at that time.
15.15 | Travelling to the hotel
Right outside there was a stop for the tramway which we took to the center of Nice. The tram was very accessible and had a special spot for wheelchair users. We had to change at Jean-Medicin to our hotel Novotel Nice Centre Vieux. It took us about 45 minutes to get to the hotel. I was a little scared that there wouldn’t be a chair in the shower. But, luckily there was, yaaaay. We decided to drop our stuff in our room and check the swimming pool on the roof. The view was beautiful and the weather was very good. My friend took a dive and I just relaxed in the sun.
18.45 | Time for dinner and exploring!
After relaxing a bit, unpacking and freshen up we went to the center of Nice by tram. I was very hungry, because I didn’t really eat that day. We decided to eat at Milos’ and ordered both a pasta. My pasta putanesca was very delicious but my friend her pasta al salmone wasn’t that good. For dessert we ordered a Tiramisu to share and that was the most disappointing dish. For everything including our 2 wines we payed €55 which wasn’t as much as we expected because Nice is known for the high prices. Afterwards, we decided to go for some more drinks and went to bed around 11 PM.
September 1st, 2019 | Our first full day
We decided to go to the beach, because you know, what’s a holiday without a visit to the beach? Again, we travelled by tram because the stop was right outside our hotel. We went to Place Massena and from there we walked to Promenade des Anglais. On our way there were a lot of ice cream cars and gift shops. It was very crowded but it looked all so beautiful and clean.
12.00 | Promenade des Anglais & swimming
Once we arrived at the boulevard we just started to walk along the beach. I knew it was a cebble beach and that there had to be a spot to get downstairs with my wheelchair. Before we reached that spot we saw a McDonald and decided to grab some food there for breakfast/lunch. Very healthy. Once we were done we went back and found the spot for disabled people. That spot was asphalted and was staffed. Right after we arrived a boy came to us to offer my friend a chair to sit on. I saw that they had those water wheelchairs to get in the sea. I’ve never seen that before. Although, I would love to go for a swim (which I can’t) I decided to wait to see if someone was going to use it. After I saw a few people using it I decided to go for it as well. It was such an unique experience and I am so happy I did! The staff was also very nice to me. My friend and I stayed for a while in the sea and the staff left us alone. But, they kept an eye on us.
We chilled a few hours at the beach and left to amble a little further on the boulevard. We saw some beautiful hotels like the famous Negresco hotel. After a while we sat down somewhere and I finally got some coffee. I really need coffee to wake up. As it was already around 4 PM we decided to go back to the hotel and relax a bit, freshen up and get ready for dinner.
20.00 | Time to explore Nice even more and get dinner
A place what I really wanted to see was the harbor of Nice. I was really curious about those luxurious yachts people talk about. Instead of taking the public transport we walked towards the harbor. And indeed, there were some very very luxurious yachts I can only dream off to be on someday. It was pretty impressive. We walked along the harbor up to the Promenade des Anglais and found our way to a market where a lot of food stands were. It was hard to choose where to eat but we decided to go for an Arabic restaurant. Which we really regret because the food wasn’t that good.
After we had dinner, which we had pretty late, we went back to the hotel and drank a cocktail. We discussed what we were going to do the last full day and decided to go to Monaco.
You will read about our day in Monaco in part 2 of this travel diary!
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‘till next time!
~ Ashley Sharon