'We had planned to be there, watching fireworks'
It felt like 9/11 all over again. Except rather than watching from thousands of kilometres away, we had missed this terror attack by the slimmest of chances.
Earlier on the train from the little village of Villefranche on the fringes of Nice, I suggested to my wife and three friends that we should head into the iconic Promenade Anglais.
There we might sample the festive Bastille Day atmosphere, catch the fireworks, and hopefully a drink at a snazzy hotel.