Okay…now Cassis is definitely a favourite, a true favourite to which we will be returning. Promise. For at least a week. It is absolutely gorgeous! (as you can see from John’s stunning photos). We love the hotel, or more precisely, the manager Julien. He is a gem! Friendly, witty, funny and so energetic. The whole place has a relaxed, warm ambience that makes you feel immediately at home. The rooms are nothing flash, but they are clean and comfortable and the shower is huge! The Hotel le Clos des Aromes is a winner (and it’s only a block from the water).
Dumped our stuff and took off straight for the port. Immediately hopped on a boat that did a 45minute tour of three of the Calanques – these fjord-type inlets that are quite amazing. The water is so turquoise and the stone so white. Truly beautiful.
Once twilight fell, we strolled around the busy port just basking in the glow of the atmosphere of all the restaurants and families and couples having a wonderful time. People talking, laughing, dogs checking each other out, kids still running around – it was Saturday night, after all. Some of the best photos are from this walk around the port. Can we move here? Bit too far to commute, huh?
The next morning we did the walk to the third Calanques which took nearly 3 hours there and back. What a work-out! Real hiking, but absolutely breath-taking views and the most amazing water. It’s a shame it’s only spring and the water is too cool, otherwise we would’ve been in there like a flash. Didn’t stop others, though not many of them – the crowds were mainly sunning themselves (or baking themselves!). Hope to swim in the Mediterranean before this trip is over, though!
Came back to our hotel which has a very popular restaurant – we had lined up with the manager yesterday for some bouillabaisse for lunch. Neither of us had had true bouillabaisse before and it was certainly an experience. There was so much food. Firstly the gigantic tureen of soup with cheese and a saffron paste on the side to add to the toasted bread to dip in the soup. Then the platter of many types of cooked whole fish (plus potatoes), which the waiter filleted for us to put back in our soup. He then took the tureen away and filled it AGAIN! We had to stop well before it was gone cause there was just too much for two people.
Spent the rest of the day recovering from lunch and wandering around our lovely sea town, knowing we will miss it when we go. Oh well, we have beautiful Italy to look forward to.