(written by Nancy)
We ride tomorrow. Dave is very excited. I am nervous. It never seems like we have enough time for packing, planning and organizing before we go. I know that it will great once we get out there but the days leading up to departure are always stressful – Yes, I know, how much sympathy should someone get when they are currently on the French Rivera, soon moving to the Italian Rivera and then on to Tuscany.
It’s not all wine and roses though, as any bicycle traveler will tell you. Back to finding food and a place to sleep every day. Back to wondering whether Dave really knows where he is going or is just saying he does. Goodbye to a refrigerator, a stove, a heater, 24-hour internet access, hot and cold running water at your fingertips, a washing machine, our own bathroom that always has a seat and toilet paper and all those other little things that make your life comfortable. But hello to beautiful scenery, fresh air, exploring new places and learning lots of new things together with the best touring partner one could have (if only he could follow the tent packing instructions a bit better). Anyway, come what may, we’ve done as much as we can we can get done and will leave our nice little apartment for the wilds of the road early tomorrow morning.
We really have enjoyed Nice. It is a perfect sized little city. The cold spell we had for a few weeks was tough but overall we’ve had fantastic weather. The food here has been pretty good, completely different than Asia. And the wine has been mostly great, much more plentiful than Asia. And with the wine, actually having cooler temps was a good thing (it’s hard to drink wine in Asia when it is so hot). Our alcohol tolerance has certainly diminished since living in Australia despite our valiant efforts during our stay in Nice.
Like our French language study, I think we’ll have to declare the French wine study a work in progress. We sort of settled in on Chateauneuf-du-Pape as the best new find but there are so many that we did not have the chance to try. I know I mentioned the food above but the croissants merit a special mention. The French certainly do know how to make a proper croissant. We are only 30k from the Italy border and wondering if we’ll still find croissants there – I guess we’ll just have to check out a few Italian bakeries and report back.
Dave has picked out a few photos of Nice that we haven’t posted before – they are below. I’ll stop writing now as I know there are things we’ve not gotten to on our lists. Plus, I need to double-check everything that is Dave’s list – and probably make him a new one to keep him focused. Nah, I’m not nervous….
Next post from Italy when we find an internet connection!