I couldn’t have imagined a better introduction to the Cote d’Azur than taking la route des crêtes and seeing an overview of Cassis with beautiful blue water. It was fun trying to get up there with Augustin’s little five-speed by the way. I think we went through an entire tank of gas. These are the times I am thankful I drive an automatic. I felt worse for the courageous cyclists that were ahead of us on the road. Talk about calf muscles.
The weekly open air market was happening when we reached town. Everything including bags, cheeses, bathing suits, flowers, soaps and olives were being sold. We bought a yellow linen and I can’t wait to use it for a tablecloth! These markets are very typical for south of France. I would love to live in a town that had a market like this to discover the local products. There is a big farmer’s market next to my university that has some great things, but there was something more with Cassis’s market. It felt more like a community, but could be that I just really love my tablecloth.
The habor of Cassis was something out of a postcard. Between all of the places we’ve visited along the French Riviera, I think Cassis was my favorite. The architecture had the fun colors we saw in Provence but it also had it’s own coastal flare. Although Cassis is very different from the beach town I grew up in (and more beautiful may I add) it still reminded me of home. There are only a few more days until I see my family again! I can’t believe how fast time has flown by.
Other amazing parts of Cassis and all along the coast are les calanques. We walked from the harbor and it was definitely longer than we thought it would be. We could have spent an entire day walking along the water and discovering new calanques but we just didn’t have enough time. We did however find a cool spot somewhere along the French Riviera when we were driving from Cassis to Les Issambres. We ventured through some trees, down a few rocks and found a secluded beach with an incredible view of the ocean.