Monthly Archives: August 2012
We woke up in the morning, in our car, along the beach and guess what we did first…we took a swim in the ocean! It was the most suitable replacement for a shower…kind of. We also brushed our teeth with water bottles beside the car. So efficient!
Of course we couldn’t visit Hyere without visiting the actual city so we drove into town and did a little (a lot) of shopping in the colourful streets, with salted hair! Fun fact: Max’s mom was born in Hyere.
At one of the shops there was a postcard that caught Max’s eye and it was of the Calonques in Cassis. The postcard was beautiful! After we got back in the car Max and I looked at each other and knew that we were not ready to head to the family apartment in Port Camargue so he asked me where I wanted to go and I said…to the place in the post card. Thank goodness for the GPS!
We arrived at the exact place from the postcard and enjoyed the clear water and fish down below! Really it is somewhere that you need to visit when along the Cote D”Azur.
We still were not ready to go home after that so we took another look at the GPS and we saw that it has some roads that lead no where really and we wanted to take them. Back into the car we drove, following the GPS which lead to a parking lot but the GPS still showed that there was more road…hence the big sign that said “no motor vehicles beyond this point”…we were taking a hike! 2 km later we arrived at paradise!
It was really paradise!
Just look at those last few pictures!
There were only about 10 other people there or less!
Then we were ready to go home.
In the morning, we packed up the tent and seated ourselves in the car in search for a bakery along the road. It took us forever to find a bakery and I can honestly say that that was a first. When you aren’t looking for a bakery in France, there is one every 100 metres (no joke), when you are looking for one they are apparently kilometres off. Anyways we found one and enjoyed pain au chocolat and coffee! Always good news!
Our minds were set on St. Tropez for this day so we got back in the car as to not waste any more time and then we were stuck in 3 hours of traffic to travel a distance of only 30 kilometres. Hence the first photo, when we didn’t even need the keys in the ignition!
St. Tropez was beautiful of course. It was a lot higher class than the other cities with designer stores lining the streets and such. We did a little shopping which lead to a little dreaming and in no time at all, the parking meter ran out…off to Hyere!
All the way to Hyere we drove along the road that lines the sea, so the ride was an experience itself. We arrived at the most beautiful, isolated, windy, crystal clear beach to swim and enjoy the view of all the wind and kite surfers before quickly heading out to buy some dinner and check ourselves into some camping before coming back to the beach for sunset. We did find dinner but failed miserably at finding camping after realizing that the possbility of getting a spot in such a bautiful location at 8pm was nil. So we enjoyed our dinner on the beach and eventually slept in our car under the stars to the sound of the waves. Kind of spooky at times but oh so awesome!
Tomorrow I complete this road trip before I throw in a recipe and that back to vacation adventures!
Our second day of adventure started out by eating the delicious petit dejeuner at the bed and breakfast and sadly (really sadly) checking out. But do not fret! Less than a five minute drive away, Max and I encountered this crystal clear lake and had to jump at the chance to rent a paddle boat for next to nothing and ride around the lake swimming in all the different places! I learned how to dive for the first time. It was scary. And water got up my nose. And my tummy was red for all the failed dives that turned into belly flops. Water sports are my gap in knowledge.
After an hour boat rental we continued with the original plan and set off for Cannes. I thought I’d see movie stars and such but I didn’t instead I saw billion dollar yachts and dreamed of my future. It was pretty but the parking meter determined our time spent there and we had to move on in the adventure of a lifetime!
Our plan was to make it to St. Tropez, spend the evening there and then find a camping place, first seeking our some “creeks” to dive off of along the way. Creeks are beautiful red rocky structures with clear water at their feet. We did find a creek, but to swim from it was impossible and the time was getting late. We didn’t make it to St. Tropez but instead enjoyed a night on the beach in St. Maxime and finally camped in a French camping ground which is so so so different than Canadian ones. In Canada, you camp in national parks with a spcific little “lot that is surrounded by trees and private. You light a camp fire and sing camp songs while roasting marshmallows. Here it’s more of a big piece of land and everyone kind of thrown in their to pitch their tents.
Anyways, more adventures to come and 4 recipes too!!
Have a great Friday!
The first night we splurged and went to a dreamy bed and breakfast which I would highly recommend to everyone wanting to visit the Cote D’Azur…the trip continued with camping and even a night sleeping in the car! But more on that later…first, enjoy our b&b. It was so impressive that I thought it deserved an entire post to itself.
Our room opened right the the outdoors with a view of the landscape. We made sure not to stray far from it while we were there because we only booked one night in this paradise, although we did stray 7 km down the winding road for some dinner!
Can’t wait to visit all of your blogs again! And only 1 more week until I’m back in Canada!
P.s. this dress is one of my creations…
As last year was the 800th birthday of the cathedral here in Reims (remember the one that Joan of Arc visited), a team of incredibly talented artists and graphic designers put together a light show that is projected onto the Cathedral to scale. The show is choreographed by music and is one of the most impressive things I’ve seen!
The cathedral literally comes alive! There are even parts of the show where there are projected men working on building teh cathedral…or where the audience becomes a king and everyone is bowing to you as the projection is made to look as such.
Last weekend was my 4th time seeing it and I hope they play it for years to come because it is really impressive the amount of work they put into it!
Have a great weekend!
Tomorrow morning I am boarding a train to head to the South of France where I will meet up with Mr. Max who is already there with his friends.
The most exciting part of this next adventure is that it is going to be three weeks long!! That’s three weeks of lying on the beach and swimming in the sea and shopping in the South of France!
The downfall to this little trip is that there will be no internet at the apartment we are staying at so my blogging will be seriously compromised and limited to the times when I can head over to a free wifi spot hopefully a couple times a week at least!
This brings me to my next point…if you want to guest post over here, even if you’ve already guest posted, feel free to send me an email and I’ll schedule your post in! Check out the blog to see what I usually post around here if you are not sure.
In other news, I have made the decision to move back to Canada for 4 months. I am completely in the middle of obtaining my Italian citizenship which is coming soon…but not soon enough! If I’m home I can completely take care of that. I would also love to get a real job for those months before I head over to Hong Kong.
So job searching is now on my to-do list for the month of August! If you know of any websites for Toronto job searching or companies, let me know!
So I move home, then Max comes for Christmas and then we both go to Hong Kong in January…and then back to Canada and then back to France next summer. So much moving around but it will be so worth it in the end!
Have a great Thursday everyone!