And so it begins: the retelling of my trip to France and Spain and my recommendations along the way. I am so excited to reflect on my experiences and convey what I have learned to you. I hope it is helpful as you consider your own future adventures!
I packed some necessities (read about my travel essentials here) into my backpack and a carry-on suitcase and headed to BNA. I was lucky to be one of the first to book and fly the new British Airways direct flight from Nashville to London – and because of this, I snagged an extremely well-priced business class seat. It was so lucky. I have recently checked prices, and they are not nearly as cheap as they were when I booked my flight last August. But if you can afford it, go for it, because the service and accommodations are lovely. If not, simply having the convenience of a direct flight across the pond is such a game changer when it comes to traveling abroad. I am thrilled with the opportunity!
Once I landed in Heathrow, I had a text on my phone saying my scheduled flight to Marseille was canceled due to weather. As soon as I was in the airport, I headed straight for the calm, attractive British Airways Club World lounge (a business class perk that made the ticket extra worth it – it is filled with complimentary water, drinks, eats, and comfy seats). The kindest man told me my options, and I decided to stay in London for the night and take a flight to Nice the following morning (where I was to be heading anyway). He quickly and easily arranged accommodation for me for the evening close to the airport with all my meals provided, free of charge. I was grateful that I had carried on my luggage!
I took a free shuttle to the hotel and, feeling a bit jet lagged, rested in bed for the remainder of the day. I did not let myself sleep that day, but I did watch TV and read. I grabbed dinner in the lobby and managed to stay awake until 9:00 p.m. when I promptly turned out my light to catch some zzz’s.
The next morning, I hopped on a large, comfortable plane to Nice and was served a perfect, tasty breakfast on the flight. The service on both of my British Airways flights is by far the best I have ever experienced. BA has the kindest flight attendants. It really could not have been a better situation! I also felt fairly well-rested after relaxing in London the previous day.
As soon as we approached Nice, the landscape became so dreamy, unlike anything I had ever seen before. (Please excuse the dirty plane window.)
My heart began to beat faster as I suddenly felt the anticipation of feeling my feet on the ground, of being surrounded by this incredible landscape. I absolutely could not wait to land.
As we smoothly pulled into the Nice airport, I could already sense how much I would love the French Riviera. I excitedly jumped up with my luggage, thanked the attendants, and left the plane to head to my first (of seven) stays in Europe.
Upcoming post: Days 3-5 in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France.