Posted by: Kerry & Jim | 30 May 2013

Farewell to France

Our time in France is nearly at an end as we are currently making our way to Italy visiting our last locations of Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, the French Riveria and Nice before arriving at our villa in Ponte a Serraglio in Bagni di Lucca on Saturday.

We have had the experience of a lifetime staying in La Roche-sur-le-Buis in Zena and Tom’s house ‘Chez Zena’. The location and ambience, their wonderful neighbours and the food and wine have all been highlights.

As we drove out of Buis-les-Baronnies we were delighted to see that it had again been snowing on Mount Ventoux.


The poppies in the Luberon Valley were out in all their glory.


We have stayed a couple of nights in Aix-en-Provence which is a lovely city. Unfortunately the rain set in but I did manage to get a couple of photos. The Cours Mirabeau is the main street and was once the street were the nobility lived. Now it is the main shopping and coffee strip. Everywhere there are statues and water features and the 13th-century church of Saint-Jean-de-Malte is very imposing.


On Wednesday we woke to beautiful sunshine and decided to make our way down to the Mediterranean port village of Cassis, famous for its sheltered inlets called calanques. The forecast was for 17 deg with morning sunshine and afternoon showers, so we headed off hoping the weather would hold out. And for a change, it did.

Although we have a “Tomtom” to guide us, today it experienced a meltdown. Marseille, which is on the to Cassis, is a major regional port city which should have been by-passed, but somehow we ended up in the main boat/fishing harbour area, directed by a very bamboozled Tomtom. Next time we won’t forget the backup map! These photos were snapped from the car as we tried to get ourselves back on track.



Cassis on the other hand is a beautiful small fishing port, but today the little fishing boats are outnumbered by the yachts and tourist boats used for visiting the calanques. We did a cruise out to see the calanques and it was great. Well worth a visit if you are coming this way.

The 1381 Chateaux de la Maison des Baux, dominates the harbour and is privately owned and I think operates as a luxury hotel.

Beaches here are very popular as they are sand (and not pebbles) and there is the huge sloping stone shelf popular as a nudist beach.










Today we have made our way down to Nice where we are staying for 2 nights. On the way we went via the French Riveria to Cannes and Antibes to have a look at how the other half live. WOW, Cannes is such a beautiful city and the yachts are amazing.



The next time you hear from us will be from our new home in Italy ‘Villa Isabella’.


  1. Thank you for sharing your time in France with us – all great photos and descriptions. We look forward to hearing from you when you’ve settled into ‘Villa Isabella’.

    • We are really looking forward to our next adventure.

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