We know that you might be concerned about how we are coping with the Coronavirus here in Europe. Our roving retirement has been put on hold for a while as we participate in social distancing here in Perpignan, France.
Arrival in France
We arrived in Nice last Sunday, March 8th and everything seemed normal but things changed rapidly this past week. Our plan was to gradually work our way from Nice to Barcelona until April 9th. At that time we planned a 1-week trip back to the US, then returning to Barcelona. Our plan was to then continue to Valencia Spain during April and May. Needless to say, that plan has been canceled, at least for now.
No Going Back
First, we can’t return to the US for a week in April as planned due to a lack of flights and possible quarantine. Then, we realized that it might be difficult to move from hotel to hotel for the next few weeks. Fast forward to last Saturday when we were at a hotel in Toulon. We had to decide what to do if France goes on lockdown or we get sick. At that point, we decided the best course of action would be to find an apartment near the city center in one of our target towns in southern France and just “hunker down” for a few weeks, maybe more. Fortunately, we found a reasonably priced apartment in Perpignan France through Airbnb. Our new home has plenty of space, parking, a full kitchen, good internet, a washer-dryer, and a market downstairs.
Shut down of all Non-essential Services
Then, on Saturday night the French government did shut down all non-essential businesses including restaurants. So, we decided to leave Toulon a day early and get to our apartment in Perpignan as soon as possible. Before we left Toulon, we made a grocery run in a very crowded Carrefour. Not the safest thing right now, but we had no choice. I can tell you that both Mike and I are thrilled to be ensconced in a nice apartment in Perpignan. Our current plan is to take things one day at a time, stay close to home, hope for the best, and maintain our sense of humor.
We hope you will all do the same. We plan to update our status via our blog site as appropriate.