Tag Archives: Apartments

August 30: Goodbye, little dump

I had a really lovely evening a few days ago with Paula and Margaret, going for a swim at Villefranche about 7pm and then sitting on the beach till nine drinking rosé and eating peanuts. Paula, who has a flat … Continue reading

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July 31: How to be a good customer

Restaurants and restaurateurs have good days and bad days, but I’m not referring in this case to the takings. Even on a day when, perhaps because of the weather, or a rubbish alignment of the stars, more than the usual … Continue reading

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June 4: Apartment envy

I’ve been on a few uncomfortable train journeys over the decades. Two in particular stand out: from Hothot in Mongolia to where I forget now, but it took 12 hours, for all of which I had to stand upright in … Continue reading

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Vintage issues

The building we live in is called the Moderne Cessole. It’s on the corner of a street called Boulevard Cessole, but there’s nothing Moderne about it. The toilet flush came off in my hand yesterday. The plumber who came today … Continue reading

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Across the street

The back of our little flat looks out over a long, empty courtyard and onto a wall that is getting greener and greener every day as the Virginia Creeper gets going. There are three flats on our floor, one of … Continue reading

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