Antibes and I make up...

Trip Start Sep 15, 2011
Trip End Dec 24, 2011

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Flag of France  , Provence,
Monday, October 24, 2011

Yup, we were in a bit of a fight for a while there. The little storm I mentioned in my last post? It developed into gale force winds that seemed to be blowing directly onto our bedroom windows. We had all the storm shutters closed and it was still howling and blowing so much that we couldn't sleep. At one point, I jumped out of bed convinced that there was a poltergeist in the apartment. Turns out the wind was blowing so hard through cracks in the bathroom wall (I think the a/c unit comes through that wall) that the tub was was being lifted up and out of its tile surround. The grouting and tiles were squealing and creaking in protest. Thankfully it stopped after a few minutes. After a long sleepless night, we woke up to torrential rain which continued unabated all day. Great. What a welcome to the south of France! It is just strange to see palm tress and bougainvillea and other obviously tropical settings in the midst of a dark grey deluge. It just doesn't seem right.

Anyway, the wind and rain finally let up overnight and we woke up to a brilliant sunny day. Our bedrooms each have their own sliding doors to the back balcony which faces directly east. The sunrise sparkling on the Med was too beautiful. I just couldn't stay mad at Antibes. All was forgiven.

We went out exploring our new neighbourhood and it is wonderful. Antibes is a charming little town and we are located at one end of the main shopping street. We had a lovely time walking down to the water this morning and checked out our local beach. It was a little beat up from the storm but there were little kids playing and splashing in the water and running along the sand. I have high hopes for getting nicolas out there with some buckets and shovels. Our apartment is fully equipped with baby supplies including sand toys. Yippee!

For me, my happiest moment was taking a big lungful of clean, humid ocean air. Aaaaahhhh! After our time in London and Paris, I am loving the sweet, fume-free air. Half the time we were in Paris, I was holding my breath. Now I can breathe! For all of you at home, go outside, take a deep breath and appreciate!

For Ozzie, I think his favorite part was getting to put his flip flops back on. It was nice and warm out there today.

I think we are going to be happy here...
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