May begins with a cold, but ends with a trip

So I had my last night of baby-sitting and my last English lesson in Annecy this past week, and two days later, I was suddenly sick with a stupid cold. And then I was outside for 10 hours – in the sun, then wind, then cold – at a barbecue on Saturday, which I’m sure really helped my immune system. Needless to say I’ve done nothing for the past 2 days, even though I had planned on finally answering e-mails and working on my site. But tomorrow starts the apartment search in Chambéry at 9:30 AM! We’re looking at a 2 bedroom apartment in the north of Chambéry that is surrounded by a forest. It’s a bit far from the university (I’ll have to drive or take two buses) but it’s worth it to have some espaces verts!

I’m exhausted, but haven’t been able to sleep much. Instead, I’ve been trying to finalize the itinerary for my trip to the south in a few weeks. There are so many villages and towns I want to see. We’re starting in Milan and taking the train to Nice, then picking up the rental car, and staying in Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier. On the list are: Monaco, Cannes, Les Baux de Provence, Nîmes, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Béziers, Carcassonne, Perpignan, and possibly Toulouse. I’m sure there are other little towns that we’ll come across along the way too. Maybe we’ll head up to my beloved Vaucluse or even down to the Spanish border. Any recommendations of other places to see along the Côte-d’Azur or in Languedoc-Roussillon? Menton, Toulon, Sète, Cerbère?

And on a somewhat related topic, know anyone in Chambéry who wants to cat-sit for me?