The First Part of my Spring Break. It was a great trip with my Mom.
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Today was one of the longest days ever. There is not much to tell thought. We were lucky that we got to sleep in a little bit.
It started with the long taxi ride to the airport. It is usually make worse because the French are crazy drivers, and I swear that that will be what kills me. The plane ride was fine, at least for me. There was some turbulence because it was very cloudy and a little bit of rain. Mom did not like that at all. I really enjoyed looking out the window because we flew over the
We landed in Nice (which was nice…hahahaha).
Finally the Ferry arrived. It was a very nice boat, humungous. It had many stories, bars, restaurants and nice seating areas. We took seats (with a little table) right next to the window so we could look out over the water. Originally the ride was supposed to be 5 hours, but because of the wind, which they called bad weather, we arrived more than an hour late.
We finally arrived in
It was also a long taxi ride out to the hotel. The hotel is near the airport which is not in the town. The hotel is very nice. The only problem is that it has a European shower. That means that the shower head is not attached to the wall. Whenever I have had to use one the water seems to get all over the place.
We finally were able to eat dinner around 9pm in the hotel restaurant. We were the only ones eating in there.
So we got out car, a little Volks Wagon Polo.
We had also not had breakfast yet by the time that we started out so we were looking for somewhere to eat. However it is Sunday and not much is open in
We spent most of the day just driving. It was very nice. For lunch we found a small grocery store and we got some cheese, a baguette, pares, and some marble cake. We found a beautiful place to pull over. We sat along the side of the road overlooking the ocean. It was beautiful. We think we saw dolphins, but we could not be sure. We were pretty high up on a cliff.
We made it back to
When mom asked her what type of local wine she should try, she looked at us and said, “I will bring you something.
The drive was just under 3 hours. It took us through beautiful mountains with breathtaking views. We drove through these towns that are so small I am sure if you blink you would miss them. The roads were a bit scary. They were curvy the whole way and the French drivers are scary. I swear they took each curve at 50 mph. It was crazy. I thought we would die. Mom told me that one evening she wished upon a star to get us through this trip with the car. Hopefully it works.
The whole time we were driving I also kept thinking that it is a good thing that Lesley isn’t here (for those of you who do not know, Lesley is my best friend).
The plan we had for when we arrive in
We were not really hungry for lunch so we just sat down at this little café. They had outside seating and the weather was absolutely beautiful. So we just sat out there for a while and had wine and diet coke. We were going to just order some type of appetizer to munch on, but they gave us a bowl of chips. We sat out there for about an hour just watching the people go by. There are some interesting people out there.
After we couldn’t sit there anymore it was still not 2pm and the tourist office was still not open. So we decided to walk along the main street for a while and maybe do some shopping.
Once the tourist office was open we went inside, but it was not at all like any tourist office I have ever been in. There were not brochures, no maps, or anything. There was not even a person in there. So we left.
We decided that we should go check into the hotel, however we could not find the street anywhere on the little map that we had. So we just drove around for a while trying to find the street and finally mom made me get out and ask for directions. So I got out and she drove away and said that she was just going to find a place to turn around. As I walked away I kept thinking that most of the French double park all the time, she could have just waited there.
The fist guy I asked directions from did not understand what I was saying even though I was speaking in French and I am about 95% sure I was asking correctly. I walked on down the street about 2 blocks until I came upon another person. This guy knew the name of the hotel and he kind of knew where it was, but was unsure which street exactly so he just showed me on my map and said “it is one of these two streets.” So I walked all the way back up the street to meet mom. However I ended up waiting there for close to 10 minutes. Apparently she went down this other street hoping to turn around but ended up going up this huge hill, and at the top these guys were moving a refrigerator and taking up the whole street. She couldn’t get out of it because there were cars behind her. When she was finally able to move the car rolled back and she almost hit the car behind her. She was able to stop it though. Finally she came and got me.
We drove in the direction the man pointed me in, but we could not figure out what street is was we were supposed to go down, so we stopped this time at a grocery type store called Super U. I got directions and we were at the hotel in a moment. The hotel was very nice. We each had our own little bed and there was a balcony with chairs for us. It overlooked the harbor. It was a great view. By the time we got settled in it was still early enough in the afternoon that it was not time for dinner, but a little late for much else. So we just went for a walk.
We walked along the main road looking at some of the shops again. We went all the way to the end of the main street and it opened up into this very nice square where they have a statue of Napoleon. He was born here so there is a pretty good number of Napoleon stuff. Most of the streets are even named after him. So I got my picture taking with Napoleon.
We then headed down toward the beach. There was no real beach, but we headed toward the water. We found some very nice looking restaurants there. We walked by this playground where there was about 100 small children playing. They were so fun to watch. We continued walking for a while before we turned around. We decided we would like to try one of those nice restaurants tomorrow night. On the way back to the hotel we just stopped at the Super U and bought some wine, soda, cheese, bread and a sweet for dinner. Then we spent the evening sitting on the balcony looking out at the ocean and snacking, and talking. It was a very pleasant evening.
We had a nice breakfast at the hotel and we were on our way. We were not exactly sure which direction we were supposed to go, so we just followed a sign pointing to Calvi which is on the same road to
Well you can imagine how upset we were since we had just come from
By the time we finally made it into
When we went to pay for the bill the woman would run the card through the machine and the phone would ring messing up the transaction. She tried the card 3 times and the phone rang 3 times before we just used cash. This woman did not speak English, so of course mom tries making small talk with her while she is trying to do the card. This means then that I am trying to translate, and mom just has to pick a topic that I have no idea how to translate. She talks about the road work outside. Luckily I was able to get the point across. So she told us that they are fixing the place up for the tourist season.
After lunch we just headed back to
Back at the hotel we just relaxed for a little while and then headed over to the area where we saw all those good restaurants yesterday. BUT THEY WEREN’T OPEN!!! We could not understand it. Not one of the restaurants was open. It is a Tuesday night. What are restaurants doing closed at 7:30 pm on a Tuesday night? We walked all over town. The only things that were open were bars. However they were stocked full of men. Out of hundreds of men at these bars we only saw maybe 5 women. We did not feel comfortable eating in there alone. So after walking all over town we ended up getting Panini’s at a roadside stand near the harbor, and we ate them on the walk back to the hotel.
After we got back to the hotel we put on a movie on my computer and then went to bed. Nothing about today went at all as planned, but what are you gonna do? We just kept telling ourselves we are flexible.
We found a nice little restaurant where I had pasta and mom had Cannelloni stuffed with some kind of meat and cheese. It was a very nice place, I enjoyed our lunch. After lunch we wandered around the city a bit. It is a beautiful city. However, there was still not much there for us to do because it is off season. We have found that in
We thought about staying longer in Calvi but mom did not feel comfortable driving on the curvy roads at night. That was fine by me because even as a passenger those roads are not piece of cake. When those other cars come zooming around the corners I feel as thought I have no control.
One think I have forgotten to mention about the drive to Calvi was that we kept running into cows. It was the funniest thing. They were just like the goats the other day. They were just hanging out all over the road. You had to be careful around every curve incase something was on the other side. Mom and I slowed down at one point to watch the cows get out of the road and this man in his car came zooming around the corner and did not slow down at all. He sent the cows running. He actually even hit one cow in the hind leg. The poor cow jumped about 5 feet in the air. However, it still walked away so I guess it was ok.
Mom and I originally decided that had Lesley been here we would have been black and blue. For those of you who don’t know, Lesley plays a game called “cow” which is the exact same thing as “slug bug,” only with cows. She also hits really hard without even realizing it. However as we went along we decided that Lesley would be so sick from the road that she would be curled up in a ball and we could be the ones to turn her black and blue. I know that sounds mean, but if you had seen all the bruises she has given me over the years you would understand.
We arrived in