Murray - always happy to talk about travelling - chose an old favourite to post up again - "that time Clive and himself went to Cannes in search of Mr Bean ....."
Cannes - was very special!
Murray's excitment when we arrived at Nice Airport was incredible - he grabbed me and ran out from the Airport to touch the first palm tree he saw! He needed to FEEL he was in Cannes! More importantly I needed to spend - after several hours lying beside the his feet on the airplane. I wouldn't have minded going by boat ..
The beach was the first place we went .... just like Mr Bean ...
Aer Lingus were great this time, we had no difficulties checking in at either Dublin or Nice and the flight attendants were really friendly and kept offering me water and checking that we were okay!
Palm trees, the beach, the hotels - Murray got more and more excited at everything he saw - he was really in Cannes ... But where was Mr Bean?
We travelled with the Travel Department, an Irish tour operator and I guess I was probably the first service dog and certainly the first assistance dog to travel with them - but they were great - the other people on the tour were very friendly - they kept chatting to the Murray's Mom about me!! She did a lot of explaining this weekend .... even though there were lots and lots of French dogs everywhere - most were small dogs - and I created quite an impression .... 'comme un petit cheval' was a constant refrain and I don't think I'm like a little horse at all!
Murray got really excited when he saw the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals - so much so, that we went back to the Palais twice to let the him experience it! The International Film Festival begins in less than two weeks time ..... wish we were there for that!! We could see the hotels getting ready for it.
Walking along La Croissette was Murray's favourite activity - because he was constantly on the look-out for Mr Bean. This boulevard is Cannes' main attraction and very long and it was very warm ...
I should have had a trim before I went ... We stayed in the Novotel Cannes Montfleury and I wasn't the only dog staying in the hotel.
There was a very nice beagle (reminded us of the Dughallmor Beagles) and a lovely airedale terrier (made us think of Maggie & Mitch) staying there as well. These were pet dogs - able to stay in the hotel - unlike in Ireland - where it's only working dogs. In the restaurants and bars as well, we saw so many dogs - Murray was amazed - dogs everywhere! The concierge, Vivien, in the hotel was particularly nice bringing us all to the vet on Saturday morning - I had to be flea & tick treated 48 hours before we left Cannes! Cannes was canine heaven though ...
In the old town of Cannes, le Suquet - there were great views down over Cannes and the 12km long beach. There was a lovely church at the summit, the 12th century chapelle Ste-Anne. The little man always loves visiting churches and lighting candles so we lit a candle especially in memory of Petey's Grandma. We better stick in one photo Murray's Mom with me - seeing as she did all the organisation and planning for the weekend .... she was really impressed with the friendliness and warmth we received everywhere we went - whether we were sitting in restaurants, a bar or having a look around a shop - there was always a friendly smile, a few warm words and a hug or a kiss for either Murray or me! Cannes was warm and sunny, full of wonderful hotels and palm trees ... With lots of really interesting places to visit ... Murray's Mom especially loved Le Suquet and they had the best meals there .... Murray loved his burger cooked rare - they don't do that here! He got really excited when he saw lots of platters of seafood - and laughed when his Mom ate a big plate of fried frog's legs with noodles (yes, in an interesting Vietmanese retaurant) - which were actually lovely - because she slipped me a few!! When she asked Murray on Sunday evening, did he mind that we haven't found Mr Bean and was he happy that he got to go to Cannes .... she got this smile which kind of said it all !!