Polly and I decided to go to her favourite place on the Riviera, Cap Ferrat. For those that do not know it, it is very much the enclave of the super rich.
Yet even here we encountered that unhelpful attitude that characterizes the French national personality.
At the entrance I was told it was 42 euros for the half day rate beginning at 2.00pm so we would have to pay the full day rate of 60 euros.
It was now 11.00am, so we were faced with paying a whole day’s rate even though we would only use the pool for less than 2 hours.
(“We can’t put everything on the website …”).
Eventually I won the day.
The pool itself is an infinity one with salt water.
He pitched up here after the war as a nineteen-year-old Jewish emigre and never left. He sits atop of a ladder pool-side like a tennis umpire, Lord and Master of all he surveys. He arrives later in the summer.
Another irritation is that the opening hours are defined as winter and summer. We are still apparently on winter hours even though Polly got sunburnt.
However, the food service and ambience were all spectacularly good so you have to just accept any such unhelpfulness comes with the territory.
We took Uber back with a cheerful Neapolitan driver trying to earn a living as barman/part-time driver in Nice. I could not but notice his eyes settling on my exposed thigh!!!