It’s been another wet week on the Côte d’Azur. But then, if you live in Britain you probably know that because it seems that the British weather forecasters delight in pointing out that there has been bad weather in the French Riviera.
On our day off this week we drove down to Nice, which is about 45 minutes away. For those of you who live in Swansea, it’s like going to Cardiff, although there are very few other similarities. Not everything went to plan, although at least it didn’t rain. We had promised ourselves that we would on no account end up driving into the city centre, but somehow we found ourselves inexorably drawn into the crowded main streets. It says something for Nice that we were delighted to find an underground car park which charged us about £8 for about half a day. If we’d had the working internet at Courmettes we might have discovered where the big parking for the tram terminus was. Never mind, next time!
The Museum of Natural History was aggressively (“can’t you read the notice?”) closed. The Russian Cathedral (the biggest outside Russia) was not only closed but draped in scaffolding and cloth.
The Museum of Contemporary Art was open and although it is an absolutely stunning building we have to say we found little in it of interest and were glad we didn’t have to pay to go in. It is the sort of museum where you are not entirely sure whether the artist isn’t having a joke at your expense. Still, Nice is a pleasant and exciting town and we hope to be back.
One thing we did enjoy seeing is the park which runs from the seafront along the old part of Nice. It has enormous random fountains which can dampen the unwary and a wonderful children’s playground on a marine theme.
Finally, we are pleased to say that a number of the issues we mentioned last week have now been resolved. We have finally managed to get our letter of authorisation for the bank transfer to the UK and this is going through. The internet is finally back, France Telecom having replaced a cable and fixed a junction. We can now email and Skype and find out useful things such as ‘Don’t bother trying to visit the Russian cathedral in Nice’.