What to see and do in… Le Castellet

Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, it’s finally here… the sunshine! We’ve had a downright odd spring for the south of France; with a string of thunderstorms, tropical-like weather (crazy humidity), and many overcast days. And let me assure you, Provençal folks weren’t having any of it and were in the grumpiest moods ever. A…

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What to do in Provence… in the Spring

Greetings dear readers and friends. What an absolutely lovely time of year in Provence! We managed to make it to the beach in Bandol this morning at around 9am (a small miracle) and there was not another soul around. We spent a peaceful hour or so before a few families showed up, and what a…

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What to do in Provence… in the Summer

Greetings dear readers and friends. Summer is here! And let me just say, thank goodness… this is by far the most exciting time of the year in the south of France. In our little corner of Toulon, the beaches are not full yet, which makes for great strolls along the seaside and early-morning dips in the…

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What to See and Do in… Sanary-sur-Mer

Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, it’s certainly hard to believe that it’s springtime already. We’ve had a long week of rain, thunderstorms, and Mistral-force winds… I’m just hoping that means many, many blooming flowers are headed our way next month. Of course, our “bad weather” is nothing compared to other parts of the world,…

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What to See and Do in… Toulon

With all the events of the past week in France, it’s hard to get back into the normal groove of life. I’m just comforted by all of the support witnessed during the nationwide gatherings to condemn the horrific acts of terrorism in Paris. I’ve wanted to write more about our “hometown”, Toulon, for some time…

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What to see & do in… Cassis

Ahh, Cassis.  There are few places that we like visiting more than this picture-perfect village along the sea.  And not only will you find incredible views, but between the brilliant green of the surrounding vineyards, the deep blue of the mediterranean, and the towering beauty of Cassis’ sea cliffs, you’ll be smack-dab in the middle…

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15 Things to Do in Provence… in the Summer

On the roads and in backyards all over the South, you can hear the distinct “chirp” of the unofficial mascot of Provence – the cicada (le cigale). And as anyone will tell you, it’s not officially summer in the South of France until that first tsi tsi tsi rings clearly through the air. And foolish…

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What to see and do in… St. Tropez

On what was to be our fourth trip to the most famous of all Provençal villages, I was determined to get our weekend visit to St. Tropez “right”. Past trips had been memorable for all the wrong reasons… including one ill-timed winter outing where we were whipped-about by Mistral winds & doused by rain. A couple of…

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