Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Paris Diary part 19

Day 23
20°, light clouds.

Lily & I spent the morning at Marché Provençal, the local farmer's market, and walked along the promenade toward the marina before going to work.

After work, I learned how to use a real camera with a borrowed 1960s Nikon F. I wanted to experiment with the camera, but you can't just delete the bad pictures on film. You have to pick and choose your shots more carefully.

We had dinner at Romagna Mia, an authentic Northern Italian restaurant in downtown Antibes. The owners – who were also the chefs and waiters – were from Romagna and seemed to know what they were talking about, so we let them decide what we should eat.

After dinner, we spent the evening walking along the Mediterranean, which is a world away from a nighttime walk along Victoria Harbour. Antibes is a lot cleaner than Hong Kong and the air feels fresh – just as any coastal area should.

We also went to a Carrefour in the Old Town neighborhood. That might not be the most exciting thing in the world, but I thought it was interesting how different French Carrefours are from the Chinese versions. There is far more fresh food in the Antibes store and fewer – if any – living creatures inside the packaged items.

The night ended with a pool party where almost no one went swimming. That seemed like a waste to me. When you have a perfectly good swimming pool at your disposal, you should use it. But I think most of the people were only at that party to get drunk and/or laid.

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