Monday, June 13, 2005

June in the Dunes

Originally uploaded by Nyx.
Feels like I haven't blogged for a while, nothing much to discuss recently. But this past weekend was a fun trip up to the northern coast to hang out at the seaside(ish) apartment in Merlimont (if you can't find it on a map, it's near Touquet - or Boulogne if you can't find Touquet)

After the always-fun exercise of getting Ben out of the apartment and into the car, and removing yet another parking ticket from under the windscreen wiper, and getting onto the highway, getting lost, and after the unfailing interrogation of 'did I pack this and that and the toothbrushes' (and after inevitably turning back because he's forgotten something), and geting lost again, we arrived several hours later at the little town of Merlimont
Merlimont church

(which, for all future reference, is where his parents have bought a holiday unit - in one of those detestable model village home affairs that always has an artificial lake in the middle)

We spent a large part of the time in the neighbouring town of Touquet,

a resort town that was once particularly fashionable with the English upper crust (post WWI) and has the dubious honour of being the place where PG Wodehouse was arrested by ze Germans in WWII. Nowadays it's an overpriced tourist resort whose highrise beachside apartments and nighttime flashing neon signs drown out the charming belle epoque style buildings. But it's worth a tour nevertheless.
Our night was spent enjoying a sunset
sunset from the dunes
trek along the dunes, a drink at an overpriced pub playing bad 80's music, and a meal at an overpriced restaurant serving bad italian table wine (which we sent back after failing to find any alcohol content in it whatsoever - the waiter placated us by saying it was a hit with English tourists. Lesson 1 in how to placate French diners; insult the English).

Sunday was more of the same - with more beach and dune exploring and less time in town - oh, and another parking ticket (!!) because contrary to pretty much everywhere else in the Western world, Touquet (who have decided they're not quite rich enough yet), only charge for parking ON THE WEEKENDS, and not on weekdays. And how many people - lured by icecreams and carousel music - get caught out, do you think...?

The doors

Oh, and in very mundane yet exiting news, I drove back. My first time behind the wheel in a year (!), and my first time driving on the opposite side of the road. Ben was quite calm (despite being a bit driving instructor-ish, ahem, I have been driving for longer than him, nyarnyanyar) - though driving though Paris' outer districts was a little nerve-racking, I must admit. Still, it's another step towards integration - once I start using my hasard lights as a method to override any illegal double parking manoeuvre and honking my horn at anyone who dares execute a left hand turn into a side road in front of me - even if they're indicating, then, then I'll be the real deal


Katia said...

Sounds exquisite!

Now, just a question - do you have a drivers licence here?

Nyx said...

er...heehee. I have an AUSTRALIAN drivers licence, and I had an international permit up till a month ago. I have been too lazy to figure out what I need to do legally regarding that (mostly because I'm scared it'll cost me a packet of $$$)

Sourav said...

Nice website … no doubt … I’m developing a website for the english speaking community of Paris, thinking, what about a link exchange, since both of us are speaking about english speaking Paris !!! Here is my site …

Sourav said...

Hey, regarding the driving schools, anybody know a cheap driving school ? The cheapest I have found so far was 600 euros ... I will go for my driving licence soon, and looking for a cheap one if possible ...

Nyx said...

actually, I've since found out I can simply trade my aus licence for a French one. I don't know if you already have an o/s licence sourav, but if you do, it's worth checking with your consulate how you can change it over. If you are going for your licence for the first time, well I only know that it's expensive over here!