I had a really nice week - cooked, cleaned closets (ok, that was the less exciting part) and made way for hopefully some new fall clothes (now we're talking) as I discovered I wasn't quite prepared for the sudden dip in temperature. That's one thing I've learned rather quickly here - the South of France really has some serious seasonal extremes. And let's not get started on the Mistral wind...yikes.
So to cap off the week, we'll be taking a trip to Aix-en-Provence tomorrow (weather permitting) to do a bit of strolling, cafe lounging, and just the tiniest bit of shopping. And, let's be honest, probably have a really big lunch. I've got my heart set on trying a new restaurant and hopefully it's going to be a nice adventure! And on that note, since Aix surely fits into "the pearls of Provence" category (if not the crown jewel!), I wanted to continue the series this week with the little-known port city of Sanary-sur-Mer.
|[One of many cafès lining the port of Sanary-sur-Mer]|
There is the famous market which is undeniably my absolute favorite for the region. And it seems I'm not alone in this opinion. Judging from how our friends and neighbors rave about it and also the flock of German, English, & Dutch tourists I encountered on my last trip there (in early September), the Wednesday market at Sanary is loved by many. I even bumped into a few Americans - taking pictures of the amazing spices on display just as I was doing.
|[Colorful spices at the Wednesday market, Sanary]|
And also there are the relaxing and oh-so-South of France cafes that line the port and make for excellent people watching any time of the year. You can spend your afternoon sipping wine and taking in the local color, or even just huddling over a strong cup of coffee & enjoying some time with a good book. Directly behind the cafes, the streets are lined with swanky bistros, chic boutiques, and quirky little shops offering everything from gourmet foodstuffs to garden supplies.
|[Boutiques along the streets of Sanary]|
So of all the many gems of Provence, the port of Sanary-sur-Mer has to be right at the top. I'd give it high marks just for all the varieties of olives I can find at the market - but then again, food always seems to make my life better.