Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Midsummers Day's Dream

Just in case anyone was under the misconception that I have an easy life in France I am posting a few recent photos.  It is hot here and I only go walking very early in the morning, Dave takes me for a PIP (poop inducing promenade) before he and Alanea go to the fitness club.  Dave and Alanea take me to the beach for a walk once per week and I really like running there.  I pretend that Oscar is running with me and I really am looking forward to meeting Chester so that I can explain a few important things.  I don't like to come home because it is more fun on the beach and I always have a bath when I get home.  Dave and I installed a moustique screen on the back sliding door.  I cost 23 Euros and made Dave work.  After it was installed and hanging I was confused but I soon figured it out and I can now go in and out freely but les moustiques must stay outside.  They are small but vicious here and Dave is scratching like a fool. Today is Samedi (not bad eh) and the Tour de France finishes tomorrow in Paris.  The Time Trial is today, Dave loves the TT.  Next week no TdF and life resumes it's normal pace.  Every year same thing 3 weeks of young guys dressed in sexy spandex riding hot bikes.  What's the point, I would rather ride in a clean car.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Italy trip for me hurray

Whoo, this time Alanea and Dave took me to Venise in Italy via Verona and Padua.  They really liked everything and Alanea took a lot of pictures.  She took so may that I am having a problem deciding what to post on my blog, ask if you want to see more.  In Verona, a 500 km drive, Dave found a nice wine bar call ZERO 07, I had some Prosecco sparking wine after Alanea did the taste test and determined that it was good enough for me to try.  In Padua Dave & Alanea left me in the hotel for a few hours and went to the Scrovegni Chapel to view the Giotto Frescos, they were very impressed, Dave the art guy.  Like the Last Supper in Milano you must book tickets ahead of time and you only get 20 minutes in the church to see the paintings by Giotto consider to be the first Great Italian master.  I prefer pasta but Alanea like art so I sit in the room.  In Venice Dave showed me the brightly coloured Gondolas but at 80 Euros per half hour and my aversion to water we decided not to ride one.  Oscar would have done it because he was used to boats in England.  Now Chester could do it too but not me unless Dave carried me.  D & A were very happy to get permission to take me to the Naval Museum at the Arsenale in Venise but after carrying me through the crowds for 5 days Dave was going to fire me out of a canon all the way back to Roquebrune Sur Argens, see photo.  On the way home we stopped again in Ventimiglia which is just over the border on the Italian side.  We like to stop there because it is a short drive home the next day, Dave & Alanea enjoy the ocean view restaurants and it is the last chance to buy Italian stuff like wine and finer pastas.  We had a great time and were away for 7 days which is our longest trip in the car ever.  I was tired but now I must go to the groomer.  If you want more info let me know!

A Bientôt

Friday, June 20, 2014

June in France and early morning ride

Dave wanted me to post a photo of the vines in June.  He took the photo while riding yesterday while I was sleeping with Alanea.  Alanea is swimming everyday and I have to wait for her to come home and give me a cookie.  Next week I am going to Verona, Padua and Venice.  Stay tuned there will be photos of me when I get home.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Beach walk, croissants and a kiss on the head.

It has been very hot here in Roquebrune Sur Argens.  We got up early Saturday morning and went walking on the beach at St. Aygulf, we bought croissants and I ate a big piece.  Dave took a nice picture of me and Alanea through the arbour while he was cleaning the water drainage system.  There is a big storm predicted and Dave is always vigilant.  Alanea takes care of me.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Wanted poster on the post office wall

Not really it is old Dave taking a picture of himself on his bike the day after the Mont Ventoux Gran Fondo cycling event.  Jeff is behind him but you cannot see him.  There is also a photo of the mountain from Dave's bike.  Normally I only allow photos of me.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Chilling out in Alanea's garden

I feel better now.  Alanea has been nurturing nature for 4 years and finally the faux Jasmine has "taken off".  I like to sit in this front garden in the morning because it is sunny and warm.  Dave renovated it last year and now it nicer.
 Alanea is busy talking on Skype and Dave is emailing Jeff in Hong Kong.  Jeff is coming here on Thursday to ride bikes with Dave for a few days.  They will go to Beaumes de Venise and ride Mont Ventoux in a 102 km race.  They are looking forward to the time together but Alanea is going to be so sad that Dave is not here with her LOLOLOLOLOL.  I will be here and we will have fun together.  Maybe Auntie Francoise, Anne, Judy, and Judy's friend Tina will come over and have a cup of tea (Rose vino) with Alanea, cough cough.  A Bientot.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Post traumatic stress syndrome

In general France is a beautiful place and a tranquille society.  Successive regimes have sought to stabilize thinking and encourage the population to leave the real work of governance to the brainiacs that are produced by the grand ecoles (Mr Sarkozy did not attend a Grand Ecole).  The system works relatively well, better in times of prosperity when people are more docile and have more to lose by rebellious behaviour.  In that respect most western societies are the same.  The price that is paid is higher tax rates and occasional petty, laughable politicians and petty corruption.  Toronto does not have a monopoly on wacky bureaucrats.  I defer to Dave.  He feeds me at 06:00, he cleans up my poops, feeds me cookies and he carries me when I am tired or threatened.  In short Dave and Alanea take good care of me and I in turn take care of them.  I snuggle in bed with Alanea and I make sure Dave stays occupied.  We are a team of 3 however we have made good, reliable friends here in France.  Russians, Danish, Swiss, English, Dutch and French friends.  We sometimes agonize over why we don't have more visitors from Canada and Dave whines about not having Coors Light.  We watch with interest and sometimes think that the French are their own worst enemies.  They encourage freedom and egalitarianism yet sing the national anthem when the far right threatens the very basis of democracy.  They seem to forget that one of the founding reasons for the EU was "NO MORE WARS", that has been achieved  They drive recklessly as if to say "I pay for insurance so I am bloody well going to use it", even at the risk of serious injury.  The French take a win / lose approach to almost everything, more than likely because in a socialist country winning and wealth accumulation are generally viewed with distain by those who's competitive edge is limited to passing cars on narrow roads.  Unfortunately efficiency in France would destroy it's quaint reputation, produce a 60% unemployment rate and simply not sit well.
Why the rant:
Because I almost met my maker on Saturday.  Yes despite Dave and Alanea's best efforts to keep me safe some idiot woman allowed her big dog to run the length of a busy parking lot in a busier large city and attack me.  Well he did not really attack me but it sure felt like she / he was attacking me.  I screamed Dave and chased the dog away while the woman was trying to corral the dog and put it on a proper leash.  Dave was very angry, he carried me until I stopped crying.  Alanea scolded the lady (in French) but it won't do any good.  Anyway I have posted a nice photo of me on my lounge chair for everyone to see.  It is spring and I am alive and in love just like Alban.