It has been only six days since I landed in France, and I’m almost ready to move in!
My French Apartment
Renting the apartment unfurnished, I knew there would be a lot to do. I thought I’d be doing well if I had a bed and a refrigerator by the first week. That’s before I knew I had engaged the world’s # 1 administrator to help me — Nandine. In less than a week, Nandine has helped find a bed and furniture for the living room and dining room — along with arranging for telephone and utilities. All that’s left to do is to find furnishings for the guest room, lamps, and accessories. Needless to say, I’m ecstatic! Nandine’s knock on my bedroom door at 8 am and our everyday trips to a furniture store, Carrefour, or Intermarche have done the job in record time.
Basic household items
On Tuesday, I will wait at the apartment in Uzès for the delivery of furniture and appliances. Watching the delivery people maneuver the armoire and bed up the narrow spiral staircase should be an exciting day. My bet is that most will all be hauled up through the top floor terrace … by ropes. You’ll experience the pain and triumph with my camera in my hand.
Time to play
All work and no play is really dull. So I’m visiting La Grande Motte., located just outside Montpelier. The resort town on the Mediterranean seems much like Hilton Head Island resort in South Carolina. Condominiums are stacked many stories high, shaped like pyramids, around the boat docks and along the stretch of nearby beaches.
Built during the late 1960’s, La Grande Motte has golf courses, tennis courts, pools, lakes, and boat access to the Mediterranean. The commercial area at the yacht basin is busy with restaurants, tourists, and children’s amusement areas. The day I visited, there was a race of small catamarans starring world-class yachtsmen. It was a beautiful sight when each boat, one after the other, unfurled a different colored sail that fluttered in the clear, blue sky.
Tomorrow… Move-in day!