Once through customs, I was escorted to our transport where the lovely Amanda and Jenny were there having landed just 20 minutes earlier. We were whisked (you know how those French drive!) through the hills and arrived at our destination after about half an hour.
We were welcomed at the hotel entrance by both Paula (UK Country Manager) and Shelli (Mrs Stampin' Up!) and that set the relaxed tone for the rest of the trip.
We were staying at the Hotel Metropole which is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Casino and Cafe De Paris.
After a very quick unpack, it was back downstairs to meet Jenny, Amanda and Paula to go for a coffee in the Shopping Mall under the hotel. When we returned to the hotel, Dawn, Monica and Julie had arrived so I went to Monica's room where champagne was drank before we had to get ready for our Welcome Dinner.
The food was everything you would expect from a Michelin Star restaurant:
Crab, Avocado, Mozzarella and tomato salad to start with.
A very fine fillet steak with the butteryiest mash I've ever tasted
Followed by a chocolate mousse slice desert
Our meal was over by about 10.30pm (9.30 UK time) so we all crossed the road to the Cafe De Paris to have a 20 Euro cocktail nightcap!! The people and car watching was the entertainment of the night!
It was a tough job deciding what to drink at those prices!
So, we strolled in about 12.30pm and went to sleep in our wonderful bedrooms.
And that was it for Day 1 - back tomorrow with the details of Thursday!