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Travel Blogs from Saint-Maximin
... we wanted to see the Mediterranean, so we decided to go anyway, thinking it would just be an interesting time-killer. The boat ride over was really rough, but the views of the port of Marseille were awesome, as was the close pass by Chateau d'If. When we got to Frioul, we were in for a surprise. There must have been only 20 people on the whole island, and they all went a different way than us. We walked up to a little space between two cliffs, and came out the other side on an ...
... the neighborhood where Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables. There wasn’t as much to see in Toulon, but it was nice just walking around.
We headed back to the promenade for lunch. The lunch of the day was steamed mussels (not for me). Apparently mussels steamed in all sorts of flavorings is the big thing around here. It was on Bob’s bucket list, so we made sure to find a place for him. Everyone enjoyed their meals, and it ...
BUT. Happiness was once again found at
The Provence Shop (small cafe & store)
22, rue Victor Leydet
13100 Aix en Provence
A cute cafe I have discovered here (and they speak English!) so if you're ever in Aix en Provence, visit there!! They have Peanut Butter! And naan from India! It's a small international store. The couple who own it actually have a son who goes to the same school as Laura! Small ...
... a really nice couple and very open minded. Meeting them totally made my day!
Side note: Pam and Jack, they told me about a website to check if you're looking to rent an apartment or cottage, i don't know if you already know about this site, but they used it for Paris and in Aix and spoke very highly of it. Here is the link: http://www.vrbo.com/
its called Vacation Rentals By Owner. I've already done a search for Saint Maximin and there wasn't anything ...
We missed the summer lavender fields. If you really dig modern painting, Aix-en-Provence may hold some charm. Not a bad town, just nothing really spectacular.
Nancy liked the shopping in the old town during the market day.
My pic is a bit snarky. Just showing what is undoubtedly the worst (somewhat) functionally aircraft carrier in the world, the Charles de Gaulle.