Last week (just a few days after our return from Paris), we drove up to Nice to swap our car over. Due to a bit of a contract mix-up, it turned out that we were supposed to return it on the 10th, which would have been good if we’d known as we were near Nice at that time. Instead, we were driving an unregistered car for a few days until we could get up to Nice on the 14th. Long story short, the company in Australia who organizes our car needs made it all OK in the end. Thanks UK and Europe Travel! If you’re looking for a long term lease in Europe, then they’re your guys 🙂 Anyway….we made it to Nice OK, but then spent an hour driving around looking for the car place. The GPS did a good job getting us there, but it turned out that the car place was in the middle of an industrial complex and not obvious from any of the roads. After asking some French locals, we got the car to the correct office and then went to the airport to get a rental car until our new lease was ready the next day. It turns out that there are school holidays in Nice and there were NO cars to rent. The only car available was a BMW and at an outrageous rate! Once again, thanks UK and Europe travel 🙂
We had a great time in Nice, despite me having a very bad head cold the whole time. One thing that is good about France is the availability and low cost of drugs. We went to the Pharmacy there and stocked up on good pain killers (no “pissing in the wind” Panadol!) and Vitamin C. We did a fair bit of walking around the city as driving is suicide there. We also drove to Cannes and Monaco for a bit of sight seeing. We left France with our new car (another Citroen) and went back home to Italy. Chris deserves 100 driving points for some of the most difficult driving situations we’ve experienced so far.
This week, we had a lovely visit from some South Australian friends: Drew and Caroline Lenman. Drew is a photographer (www.orangelane.com.au), like Chris, so there was much “shop talk” and excursions out and about with the cameras. It was so nice to have them around for a couple of days and we showed them some of our favourite spots. I have permission to post some of Drew’s shots, and I’ve marked them as such in the following images.
With Easter upon us, we have been sharing some of our Easter traditions with the locals. Our good friend Lucia (who is also the school principal, and now running for Mayor of Pontremoli) was interested in hearing about the Easter Egg hunts in Australia. She organised to have one at the school and the kids had an absolute ball running around the park finding the eggs we’d hidden for them. I hope they will continue the tradition next year. Who knows? I have also been telling Alice/Italian-Melanie about Hot Cross Buns. She has never heard of such things, so I’m going to make some and let them experience the yumminess for themselves!
The kids are on school holidays now and we are heading up to Lucca on Easter Sunday to spend some time with Christina and Enrico. Unfortunately, poor Balin has my head cold now so he’s spending the start of the holidays convalescing.
Some more random photos:
Bouna Pasqua tutti!!