The first Saturday in December

It’s possible that I could have picked a worse day to go to Toulouse.  I’m not sure how though.  It didn’t even cross my mind that people would be Christmas shopping.

We needed a porcelain shelf for a client’s bathroom reno and I couldn’t find one in Carcassonne or Narbonne.  Toulouse is a long way to go just for a shelf but I wanted to get some stuff from the Asia supermarket and also wanted to get candles from Ikea so I rationalized it.

My ‘new’ 18 year old 205 hums along comfortably at 130 kph on the autoroute.  I was a bit worried that I’d have to poke along at 100 and feel like it was taking forever.  It’s not actually that far, maybe 130 km from us to Ikea.  A bit more to the airport and a bit less to the centre of Toulouse.

As usual I had to stop at a service centre (aire) to pee.  I still can’t get over the way men in France pee pretty much anywhere.  There was a man not 20 metres from the door to the store that has toilets.  Peeing.  Against a fence.  And then taking a really long time to tuck himself back in and zip up. 

I can understand when you’re in the middle of the Corbieres and there isn’t a toilet for miles but when there’s one right next to you … 

About Sam

Sam started Aude France as a companion site to her real estate site Aude France Property so that she could have a place to write about life in the Aude.

Now that she’s in Canada she writes about things that can affect owners and buyers in the Aude – or anything that strikes her fancy.

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