We are in the Côte d’Azur!!

Nate & Tilly on SubwaySorry for such a long delay in posting here but after a lot of frustration of not being able to get an internet connection and no cell service for almost a week we are finally connected again!

So obviously a lot has happened in the eight days since we left San Diego. I won’t even attempt to write about everything we’ve done and experienced in this one post but we’ll write some of our stories over the next couple days/weeks. We have taken almost 300 pictures already and are working on getting them organized on Flickr. We’ll have a link on the site soon.

Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve been doing:

We had a crazy last 4 days in San Diego packing our home. As you saw in the previous post our home was an absolute disaster! We had a great group of friends that helped us move all our stuff in to storage and we are forever thankful for them! We seriously couldn’t have done it without them. On Wednesday Dana drove us to LAX where we boarded a direct flight to London. It was surreal finally sitting on the plane and knowing that this is it… the moment we were waiting for… the moment we’ve been planning for… saving for. Neither of us could believe that it was happening!!

We landed in London nearly 11 hours later. We spent 4 days in London doing the tourist thing: hop-on-hop-off buses, boat rides, tour of the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and riding the subway. We did a lot of walking around the city and along the Thames. We met up with a business contact of Nate’s and had drinks with him in a great little restaurant in Chelsea district. The weather was wonderful the whole time and didn’t rain except in the early morning.

We left London on Monday morning for Nice via easyJet. It was a 2 hour flight and pretty uneventful. Once we landed in Nice, we picked up our car and set out to discover the Cote d’Azure or the South of France. We drove West along the coast and since we had gotten up at 2:30am to catch the train to the airport we were really tired. We decided to stop for a nap along the coast and woke up 3 hours later with the sound of the surf coming through our windows. It is beautiful here! The water is turquoise but it is really rough. There are many yachts and sailboats in the water from the rich people coming here for the Cannes Film Festival last week.

Currently we are staying with a couple, Manu and Estelle, in a town called Antibes just west of Nice along the coast. It’s a great little flat and they have been amazingly wonderful. We met them through couchsurfing.com and they have truly been a God-send. Their English is really good but they’ve been helping us with French. I’ve been helping Estelle make dinner and she’s showing me how to read a French cookbook and how to use their system of measuring; they measure by weight instead of teaspoons and cups. It’s been a lot of fun. During the day Nate and I have just been trying to find a place to live and it’s proving slightly harder and more frustrating that we originally thought. We found a couple good websites that are in English but with Summer approaching places are going fast!

I think that will catch everyone up on our whereabouts and now we can start writing about our adventures so far. We will try and get the Flickr photos up as soon as possible.

Bon Nuit!! (Goodnight… It’s midnight here!!)

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Hooray! I’m glad to hear you’re having fun. And couchsurfing – that’s awesome. Can’t wait to hear more!

Nice. Just too long since I’ve been to France. Must’ve been in 2003. Any plan yet when you’re coming to Germany? Berlin, maybe?

Amber, great to hear from you. We’ll update more often when we have better connectivity and a home to call our own for a while. Thanks for the comment.

Fabian, yes! We do plan to come to Berlin sometime. We don’t have the dates planned out yet, but feel free to watch this blog and we’ll mention our plans as soon as we have them. I’d love to meet up with like-minded folks whenever possible, if you’re interested.

Hey – I have relatives in Berlin now. Holler when you go and I’ll give you some recommendations on where to go!

Amber, we definitely will!

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