La belle France

Jeremy and I spent  a couple of weeks in the south of France, pretty much eating cheese, saucisson and drinking wine + beer. And repeat repeat repeat. The French are not as naturally welcoming as the Italians, but they have pain au chocolat that tastes like redemption itself. So we could deal with them. Our tour de gastronomie went like this: Nice – Castellane – Gordes – Marseilles – Hyeres and here are the happy snaps, beginning with the end our trip (which was our favourite part).

Hyeres – we spent a week with our pals Claire and Gavin in their beautiful put-your-feet-up and relax home. The travel guides will all tell you that there’s not much happening here, which is a blessing to this lovely town and keeps it virtually tourist free. It has a medieval centre, wine farms, beaches, hiking trails and some amazing swimming spots like the one below…where Jeremy did a swan dive straight into the Med.

Claire and I before an afternoon of wine-tasting:

The morning after:

Our mode of transport, Gavin’s 1990’s cabriolet…va va room

Cycling around the island of Poquerroles, one of the highlights of our trip.

Nice: a beautiful city, but a little bit too touristy for my liking.

Castellane is a tiny village in the Gorge du Verdon region. Breathtaking scenery, crystal clear water and a sleepy town. Just how I like it.

 

Gordes: a hilltop village in the Luberon valley

Marseilles – Soulful and real, my favourite french city. The cultural capital of Europe for 2013 and way more interesting than Paris in my opinion.

Jeremy aka Rael Furfenburger  visited every boucherie/charcterie he laid his hungry eyes on

Some shopping loot from the Sunday morning Marseille markets, exquisite packaging.

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