When I was taking pictures of my friends under a window (especially under the one on 19, Rue de Revennes) in Vieux Antibes, someone threw a bucket (or with something else) of water over me. WTF!!!! Not only I was wet from head to toe, but it probably damaged my friend's expensive reflex camera (the zoom won't go back and the camera won't turn off correctly).
Port Vauban welcomes visitors from all over Europe with this multilingual welcome.
Each language is scrupulously translated and begins in French, Italian and German with the welcoming words "Dear Tourists"... except the English version where, conspicuous in their absence, the welcoming words have been dropped.
The French just couldn't bring themselves to say "Dear tourists" to the Anglo-Saxons.
The large blank space in the layout of the text suggests the welcome may have been there originally, but more recently removed as a sign of disapproval of something British or American.
The French love to make such symbolic gestures. Do we look bothered? We got the Olympics.
Only in France.
You have made the effort to come here. Perhaps its the weekend or a public holiday and you are eager to make the best of your time. This is their business.
Where is the Tourist Office? Can I get some maps? Some leaflets and suggestions? Book a room?
No. Off to a two hour lunch break, and closed on holidays.
Know any restaurants that close for lunch? Churches that shut on Sundays? France, lovely that it is, sometimes needs a kick up its beautiful derriere!
Don't wait at the taxi stand for a taxi, as you may grow old...Due to the fact that the tourist season is short here...there aren't many taxis...to be sure, bring your cellular phone and give one a call...the number is at the taxi stand...
As in most of southern Europe, they have almost total disregard for traffic laws and right of ways....pay attention or be road kill if walking, or crunching them if driving (hmmmm....)