That is Bouzigues in the background - notice the cool church steeple. This picture is taken at sunset (9:30pm) from "our" beach, which is a 30-second walk from our house!
Let me start from the beginning . . .
Now that we have been here a full 2 weeks, I can look back on our first few days and crack a bit of a smile. At the time, there wasn’t much smiling going on.
Here’s a peak at our first 2 days . . . (Who remembers the story of Mike’s first full day in
Monday, July 21, 2008
After a lovely day in
When we landed in
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The next morning, Mike decided that we needed to get our French iPhone before leaving
Thanks to the GPS, we’re still happily married. And, we made it to
We finally made it to Bouzigues by 4:00pm (after some additional panic because I didn’t have directions to the realtor’s office). We were stuck in the realtor’s office for almost an hour (lots of forms and things to deal with in French rentals!), but we made it to our lovely new town home around 5:00pm. Poor Debbie and Reed (our saviors!) had expected us by noon or so. They were planning to take us out to lunch, take us shopping to fill up our kitchen, then feed us dinner. Alas, we made it to their house around 6:00pm or so – exhausted, but happy to be there.
Our first 3 days were much like what I’ve described above, but we are adapting!
Now for all of the great things . . .
First: All of our new friends!
Debbie, Reed, Isabel & Sophia Eller! Debbie helped us find our house, and she and her husband, Reed, have been our saviors. In addition to letting us use their Internet connection daily, they have fed us, taken us shopping in amazing neighboring villages, taken us to spectacular places (the beach in Sete and the Grotte de Clamouse for starters – more on those later), helped us with everything from obtaining a French bank account to obtaining our DSL connection (of course Mike and I don’t speak enough French to communicate with customer service reps here, so Reed has been invaluable with that), and so much more! Without them, we would be lost. Literally.
Isabel and Sophia are their granddaughters, who are here visiting from
Taco & Anne-Marie: This is a Dutch couple we met on our first night in town. Taco is a lawyer in the
Jack & Jill Wilson: This is an English couple who moved here 3 years ago. They live here year-round, which is unusual for foreigners. Bouzigues is more a summer locale for tourists! Jack used to race cars and motor boats professionally (78 years old), and Jill is an artist (61 years old). They are very sweet, and we look forward to getting to know them more.
John-Cristopher & Fennie: This is a true Bouzigues couple! Mike met John-Cristopher on the beach. He was listening in on their French conversation wherein John-Cristopher was talking about his broken computer. Dado introduced himself & volunteered to fix the computer. Turns out, John-Cristopher is the local high-school PE teacher! He is another great source of info, and he even speaks a bit of English. He also “dumbs down” his French to communicate with us. It’s great! He took us out on his motorboat one afternoon, and it was a lovely tour of L’Etang du Thau, which is the lagoon on which we now live (fed by the
http://www.opisline.com/visual-etang-thau.html - You can experiment and click on the links in French - then you'll know how I feel. LOL
Second: Our new home
We now live in a townhouse, on the bottom of 2 floors. It’s great! We have a view of L’Etang from our kitchen & patio (see picture below), and we have a yard! Get this – we also have a clothesline. Luckily, we have a washing machine, but almost no one in
When we first arrived, our little area was almost empty of other humans, which was great for getting started here. However, almost all of
Lining the narrow streets are 2- to 3-story buildings that are connected homes. Life is very, very close in the village! We are on the outskirts, which is about a 5 minute walk away, so our area is more open.
Here is a view of Sete (the closest "city") from "our" beach.
Third: Some adventures
I will save this for my next post. If you’ve stuck with me this far, and actually read to this point, you deserve a break. I also have to download some more pictures, so you can see some of the beautiful sights we’ve seen.
Love to everyone “back home”!