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The first exposure to France was landing at Cannes. It was hot, extremely muggy, full of people preparing for the upcoming Cannes film festival. Tourists all over the place, and the locals seemed annoyed at them already. In the fist picture you can see the many tents along the harbour-front ready for the red carpet.
We walked around town, Strolling through the old parts of town and through the market streets taking some pictures and having the locals generally confused by a keen interest in to their culture. (Brian: I saw some baguettes leaning up against a doorway and thought it would make a fun picture. As I was taking the shot, a local walked by and muttered under her breath, “c’est seulement du pain, Monsieur” meaning “it’s only bread, sir”).
We did our best to hide in the shade, and wandered back to the boat in the afternoon to get away from the craziness of the film festival set-up.
Brandi scheduled a full-body massage on the boat and and Brian had a nap. As the boat was preparing to leave the dock, a sudden cloud burst rolled through the port made for some very interesting and fun cloud photos.
Sanary-sur-Mer is said to be the sunniest place in France. It is surrounded by wooded hills that protect the town, bay and fine sand beaches from the strong mistral wind. We signed up for an excursion to Aix-en-Provence (Aix pronounced Ex) and boarded a bus tour where we were driven to town about an hour away upon arriving we were led on a guided tour of the old town.
With sun-dappled squares, luxuriant fountains, and Paul Cézanne’s hallowed studio, this captivating university town is considered the main hub of Provence and the most cultural town in the region.
After the tour we had some free time to explore Aix-en-Provenance and we quickly found a cafė for our first experience of the French cafė lifestyle. In a word, amazing! In the background of the picture below, is the oldest continually operating cafė in France.
We returned to Sanary-sur-Mer and wandered around the main harbor-front finding naturally growing birds of paradise flowers growing all around. Eventually we returned to the ship for dinner and drinks.