Once again, it’s been a while since I posted. I have a couple blog posts to share about the events of the past couple of weeks. First, I’m going back to the weekend trip I took with my cousin, Brittany, to the south of France.
We spent two nights in Aix-en-Provence and took a day trip to Cassis. While the mountains in Grenoble never get old, I welcomed the change of scenery…especially since it was the sea 🙂
Aix-en-Provence: aka charming little city with lavender products everywhere you turn
Aix was a very nice city. We spent the majority of our time there peeping our heads into cute little shops and walking up and down the Cours Mirabeau where the Christmas markets were already set up. Brittany had her first experience with warm wine and roasted chestnuts and loved both of course. We tasted Calissons which are a little treat that Aix is known for (not our favorite), and ate what we agreed was some of the best pasta we’d ever had. Unfortunately, we missed out on all of the Paul Cézanne attractions due to limited time…next time!
Highlights: First Marché de Noël experience!
Recommendations: Piacere for really delicious and well-priced Italian food, Panier des Sens for great smelling candles, perfumes and lotions made with natural ingredients!
Cassis aka a kind of hidden gem
Ok so it’s not really a hidden gem, it’s actually pretty well known. However, Marseille is right next door, and I think it’s safe to say that the majority of tourists opt to visit the big city over the charming little town. Cassis was amazing. The port, the beach, and the Calanques, were all absolutely beautiful. We spent 6 hours here and walked about 12 miles! We explored the city, ate in a port-side restaurant, walked through a park where there were many old men playing games of Pétanque (a famous game in the south of France similar to bocce ball) and visited Les Calanques (described as narrow steep-walled inlets along the Mediterranean sea) . If we had more time, I would have loved to explore the Calanques more. We got to see the first two as the second one was only a 45 minute walk from the city center, but we could have seen much more with more time and ideally a vehicle.
Highlights: Calanques, the port, just being by the sea
Recommendations: Bistro’quai was the portside retaurant we chose for lunch…a little pricy, but I think one of the cheaper options along the water