As of yesterday we have secured a flat (insert lots of cheering and tears of joy). It’s in a town called Theoule-sur-Mer. Theoule is pronounced Tae-ool and sur-mer means “on the sea”). It’s a wonderful little beach village just west of Cannes. Our flat faces west towards some beautiful green hills dotted with beautiful old homes. Our front door opens to the ocean. It’s perfect!
It’s such a relief to finally find something where we didn’t have to compromise on budget or location. We actually visited this tiny town on our first day here and fell in love with it so it’s such a blessing that we ended up here.
The story of how we found this flat is a very, very long one. I’ll give you all a quick run down but I’ll spare you the nerve-racking details. First off, two days before we left San Diego we met a sweet older lady in the garage of our condo building. She was attempting to pack up her car because she was moving and needed to get on the road. However, because of the intense heat of the day she kept having nose bleeds and was having a really hard time. We stopped to help her and see if there was anything that we could do for her. We learned that she was moving to Bellingham, WA which is the town where Nate and I met and where most of our family and friends are! We talked with her for quite awhile and told her about our plans to move to France. She told us that she owns a flat in France that was currently sitting empty!! What are the chances? We talked to her for a long time but the subject of us possibly renting her flat never came up and she never offered. We didn’t want to be rude or too forward so we never asked her about it.
Skip forward 2 weeks– we’re stuck in France with no place to live and practically pulling our hair out at the frustrating process of it all. We decide to call the older lady with the flat and just see if she would be willing to let us rent her flat. After several voicemails and playing phone-tag Nate finally got ahold of her. She said that she would be willing to rent it to us (Yay!!) but that the flat is in disarray and quite messy. No biggie… I love to organize and clean.
One problem though– she doesn’t know who has the key to her flat! Maybe her daughter? Maybe her friend? And who has the key-fob to actually enter the building? It took almost a week to locate and receive the key. We still don’t have the key-fob to access the main building doors but thanks to a nice older gentleman, he’s letting us borrow his until we can get one from the management company.
Now the flat itself is great! Light and bright with a huge patio and even a small garden area. It’s 2-stories connected by a spiral staircase and is the perfect size for us, about 450 sqft. The downside is that it’s filled, and I mean filled, with trinkets and books and papers and art supplies and broken things and old furniture and lots and lots of dust. We have been given permission to move and reorganize the place so that’s the plan for tomorrow. We’ll take pictures of everything and then start packing it all into boxes to be stored. When we move out, we’ll just put everything back where we found it.
I think I’ll wait to post pictures until I clean and decorate it with our own stuff. It has a lot of potential and I think it’s gonna be a perfect little home for us. Thanks for all the well-wishes and good advice. It’s been great to have such wonderful friends.
Next problem: getting internet access out there.