Close Call

Our flight to Nice was scheduled to leave London at 8:00 am on Monday morning, with the gate closing at 7:30 am and check-in closing at 7:20 am. We originally decided to take a cab to the airport, but we changed our minds at the last minute and decided to take the train instead to save money. We left the hostel at 5:45 am for our 30 minute train ride to the airport. Plenty of time to get there, right? We thought so. It worked in our minds, but when we found out that our train didn’t leave for the airport until 6:22 am, a cab was sounding like the best bet. We got to the airport at 7:05 and started running… Running to an extremely long check-in line. The thing about flying with EasyJet is that you can only have one carry-on, purse included. Jenn was able to shove hers in her bag, but Ali had a backpack and I had a purse so we weren’t able to check-in online. We decided to run past the check-in line and pay an extra fee for having two bags instead of one. We were forced to turn around when we heard an announcement that said we would be denied access to the security line if we had more than one bag. We told Jenn to go ahead and we would try to make the flight. If we weren’t able to, we’d catch the next flight and meet her in Nice later that night. We ran back to the check-in line that was 5 rows deep and I started freaking out a little bit, until I saw a sign that said “Add speedy boarding at the EasyJet information desk and skip the long lines!” Ummm yes, please. At 7:17 am, I ran over to the information desk and asked to cut some guys who didn’t speak English (it really just takes a big smile, please and thank you). At 7:19 am, I was able to add Speedy Boarding for 16 pounds. Best 16 pounds I’ve spent. My new best friend called the lady behind the baggage desk and told her we were coming and to wait one more minute. We checked our bags and at 7:27 am, we arrived at the security line that was about 7 rows deep. I found a security man and told him our gate was closing and asked if we could move to the front of the line. He confirmed our destination and let us through. We found Jenn and pulled her to the front. We sprinted to our gate at 7:35 am and were relieved to find a line of people still boarding. We caught our breath, wiped the sweat from our faces and boarded the plane. Apparently we weren’t the only ones running late that morning, because when we got on the plane there were still 40 people unaccounted for.

We napped on the 2-hour flight to Nice and enjoyed the short bus ride to the city center. We took a 10-minute walk to our hostel, Villa Saint Exupery Beach, to check in. Our room wasn’t ready, so we walked down to the beach and took another short nap. The hostel is amazing and just a 10 minute walk from the beach. I highly recommend staying here if you’re traveling to Nice on a budget. It’s the closest you’ll get to a hotel for 25 euro a night. At night we walked over to the Chateau, which overlooks the beach, to watch the sunset. It was definitely worth the 300+ stairs to the top.

Plan for tomorrow: Bus over to Eze and continue on to Monaco to hang with the rich and famous.

Train ride to the airport. I took this picture because I thought it was weird that there was a cut out of some girl’s face pasted to the seat. This guy is actually one of the guys who let me cut him at the EasyJet information desk.

Jenn, show me how excited you are that we made our flight.

With hot guys like Brendan working at Villa St. Exupery Beach, who wouldn’t want to stay here?

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2 thoughts on “Close Call

  1. Wow! I was exhausted after reading that post. you are a great traveler–flexible and determined…always looking for the solution. I’m so proud of you. Also, great pictures. Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of days. Safe travels.

  2. I feel like I’m on the amazing race traveling with you guys! Awesome! I definitely can’t see Phil ever telling you guys “Britt, Jenn, and Ali, you are the last team to arrive. I’m sorry to tell you that you have been eliminated from the race.” Not a chance.

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