This week’s Travelogue was to have been a wonderful day trip to Antibes with eat-your-heart out photos but circumstances were such that was not to be.
Wednesday evening I switched on a light in my apartment to do the dishes resulting in spit, pop and darkness. Fumbling my way along the kitchen wall, calling to Nanou and adjusting my eyes to total darkness, I put her leash on and ventured down the hall to knock on a neighbor’s door. I had met the man, his wife and their daughter in passing and they agreed to come with a flashlight to see what they could do. They found one switch and voila, light in the bathroom, hallway and bedroom—darkness otherwise and no internet. I thanked them and set out with Nanou in search of internet and help.
I will stop here to say that all who say the French are unhelpful and unwelcoming, must be in a different France. A Cave’s internet was not strong enough, but will certainly visit it next year and enjoy tapas and a glass of wine. Further down the street I came to SushiShop on rue Pasotrelli that welcomed me, listened to my tail of woe and logged me into a very good internet and said to make myself comfortable to see if I would get a response back. No response, but I will go back to thank them and have one of their lunch plates. The fish was so fresh, I thought I was back in California. The Chef and assistants were cleaning the stainless steel workspace, and everything was spotless.
So the next morning I took myself to a newly renovated cafe a block from my place that has internet. Unbelievably good coffee. No response from landlady, but sent two other messages and the owner said to leave their number. I said I would be back for lunch. When I came back there were no messages, but the owner came with his phone that there was a call for me. It was from my landlady’s son, who would come within the hour to solve everything—which he did.
So my plan is to see Antibes next week with another friend, catch up on my writing, walk the Promenade des “Anglais before it is shut for a few days for the President and a Chinese delegation going through, and visit my two favorite Meetup groups one more time.