La Ciotat

I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and sky

You must be tiring of our exploits by now, but I will continue as a record of our fun and adventure. If nothing else it seems to make the time last longer. I look back at some of the older posts and reminisce already.

Tony saying goodbye from the window in Avignon

Donna saying goodbye in Avignon


We left Avignon this morning heading for La Ciotat. It’s the next seaport along from Cassis. Its claim to fame is that Pétanque was invented here. It’s less commercialised than Cassis and there are lots of boats.

Upon arrival we headed for the beach. The one we chose was Lumiéres Plage which was controversial last year when it became the first beach in France to be smoke free. A shallow tranquil bay with hot sun and topless bathers of all shapes and ages entertained us until lunch beaconed at 2.30pm. Donna had her first mussel dish while I had a healthy salad.

Lumineres Plage

La Ciotat boats

mmmm Mussels, tasty but not as good as at home!!

Donna relaxing in the Park Suite in La Ciotat

New wine knife


Checking into our accommodation was next. We chose a modern and new apartment complex on the waterfront, the Park Suites. It is nice and new and trendy. Now, at 7pm at night, the sun is shining strongly and it must be close to 30 degrees outside. I have just been for a stroll to buy a wine knife, because there wasn’t one in our unit. Bottles of Rosé were begging to be opened.

Strolling in La Ciotat

The shops here seem very good value. We shall explore further tomorrow.

I won’t bore you more with small talk. I will finish my Rosé and my juicy, sweet, French nectarine and sign off again.


My boat’s come in!!

The local church in La Ciotat

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