30th July. Day seven
Blue skies. The storm that knocked out 45,000 subscribers’ power is over and the authorities have to clear up the mess. The younger children are taken to Nice to have a ride on a miniature railroad and the older ones go to Vence again to get more Euros but believe it or not you can no longer change money in some banks, but have to go to the airport! That’s because the US cards do not have chip&pin.
On the last night for the English side of the family we all go to the Gaudriole, our local restaurant with tables set out in the precinct of the church. We’ve been going there for forty years, since my children were younger than my grandchildren are now. In the middle of the meal the Pompiers arrive, someone in the house beyond the church precinct is taken ill and the restaurant has to give right of way through the tables for the poor lady to be taken out on a stretcher
It’s my son Nick’s birthday and it’s great that we are all here to celebrate it as he and his family live in the States. His older daughter, Chloe, goes to the University of Illinois at the end of August so the chances of seeing her with all the family in the near future is slim. Anastasia cooks a splendid lunch and we finish with a personalised cake and champagne in typical French style. After present giving and when Cressida’s laptop is closed at the end of her stint they are off to the airport. It will seem quiet without the little ones.
After they have gone we go to see Carros Castle, which has been turned into an art gallery, then to the Tourist Office that has the most beautiful floor tiling I have seen outside of an old Roman Villa at Pompeii.
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