Thursday, October 26, 2006

Sur la Mer

Today we headed to the Cote d’Azur – to Cassis – to enjoy the French Riviera.

As we strolled into town, we had our pick of sidewalk cafes on all sides of the port, which was full of boats of all descriptions. Lunch was delicious garlicky fish soup with yet another chocolate dessert and espresso.

We had intended to take a boat trip to explore the Calanques – the fjord-like inlets along the coast. But the wind was blowing too hard to allow boats to safely exit and enter the harbor.

Instead we explored the labyrinth of side streets. We took in a serious boules competition in the town square. We finally planted ourselves near the beach to feel the breeze and hear the waves smashing against the rocky shore while seagulls flew overhead speaking the .same language they speak everywhere.

We missed the beach with topless woman bathers that Kris and Bill discovered on their walk to the lighthouse. Quelle domage!

We had our pick of a variety of flavors of sorbet before heading out of town.

On the way out of town as we drove up a very steep narrow road wide enough for just one car, we met someone coming down. We burned some serious rubber as Bill finally navigated the Kangoo around the oncoming car. The rest of us breathed a sigh of relief when we realized we were not going backwards into the ravine below.

Yet another adventure in the French countryside with the locals lamenting the American occupation…


Blogger Pauline said...

Such lovely countryside. Such delectable food. So glad you are sharing all this! Merci.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

You had me drooling and salivating all over my computer screen at that dessert! Hard to believe the weather there is so nice compared to here!

8:29 PM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Europe is just so ... right. Having a great time on the Riviera?? But of COURSE you are!! magnifique!

8:30 PM  
Blogger Lucia said...

Wow. Looks like you're having some wonderful travels!

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You get that close to a nude beach and no skinny dippping?

10:29 PM  

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