Tuesday, October 9, 2012

staycation {part.4}


Oh Cassis, I love you so. 

You're quaint, charming, and just the right size. Plus you don't attract all of that St.Tropez riff raff. 

The next stop on Staycation 2012 was Cassis. It was possibly also everyone's next stop because boy oh boy was it crowded, but that's OK, Cassis is worth the hassle. 

We were meeting Mr. & Mrs. London for lunch but had some time before we met them. The ladies wandered off to visit the port side shops while The Husband and I grabbed a table in the sun for an apéro. I called Mrs. London to see if they had arrived. She had and she was with my mother. Huh?

My mother had been standing on the port having a look around when she spotted these wedges tottering about...

{miss selfridge}


That's how one spots Mrs. London... by her footwear. 

Reunited with Mr. & Mrs. London and the Golden Girls (as christened by Mr. London), we set off for lunch at my favorite spot in Cassis, Restaurant Le Bonaparte. Only, we got lost on the way. And I even had directions written down. Do you think The Husband cares about directions? Of course he doesn't. But we followed him anyway as he weaved us deeper and deeper into the maze of the little streets behind the port, assuring us that he knew where he was going. He didn't. 

Eventually we made it, and taking up a large table outside, set about to do what we went there to do, eat seafood and drink the local crisp white wine. 

Heaping plates of shrimp, mussels and scallops were placed in front of us to start followed by loup-de-mer (sea bass) and dourado. Oh so scrumptious. 

The Husband and Mr. London were happy to be together again. At one point they even tried to separate their table from the group so they could have some alone time. Ridiculous. And there were underpants comparisons... whose pants were shinier? Well according to The Husband, Mr. London's pants are sparkly, his are shiny. So glad we got that cleared up. 

After lunch, a relaxing boat tour of the Calanques was in order. 



For the record, bumping along the Mediterranean breathing in the gasoline fumes that are pouring out of the boat may not be the best way to digest your weight in seafood, but that didn't stop Mrs. London from enjoying herself...

{I think TopShop is that way}


bisou

37 comments:

  1. what a beautiful place to be in right now...it seems to be a stress free environment to live in.

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  2. Beautiful - love the photos!! You are adding to my list of what to visit in Southern France!!...each place you talk about sounds better than the last!! But I think I might have to hire you as a tour guide...!

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  3. I love all the anecdotes from your adventures. The caption on the last photo is hilarious. Looks like the perfect spot to spend some time xoxox

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  4. Ha! I have sent clients to Le Bonaparte but me thinks I need to send myself to Le Bonaparte :)

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  5. Looks gorgeous! Why did I move to Centre again?

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  6. Oh I agree about Cassis - lovely lovely. We nearly lost our car keys there once many years ago, on the beach.

    Got all the way up the hill to the car, had heart failure when we realised they'd gone so had to go all the way back down, and found our beach neighbours had seen them, picked them up and kept them for us. They knew we'd be back...

    I've loved Cassis ever since.

    Agree about boat rides too - seriously smelly and unpleasant despite lovely views.

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  7. Oooh, Cassis is one of my favorite places too. I have verrrry special memories there. But can you believe that I have NEVER taken a boat tour of les Calanques? Exactly for the reason you so wisely stated. Maybe I need to give it a try BEFORE a copious lunch? ;)
    See you soooon,
    H

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  8. It's really painful looking at these photos and reading this post when I'm sitting in rainy Germany. Fabulous!

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  9. Cassis is my favorite seaside town. We should buy our lottery tickets. isn't there a Euromillions or something for us to win?
    loved Mrs London's shoes and photo comment.

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  10. Well of course the husband got lost, he's a man, they don't do directions or even asking for them ;o)

    As for the pants, I'm hoping that was their trousers rather than their boxers. ALthough shiny trousers...

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  11. Wonderful view!

    By the way, if I were your Mother I would have stolen Mrs London's shoes off her and ran away ;)

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  12. So gorgeous!

    The shoes are too. I wish I could totter around in something like that for longer than 30 minutes. Give me Havaianas please.

    I keep buying tottering shoes though. The dream never ever dies.

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  13. I've been to Cassis. Hmm, who was it that sent me there again? Oh, that's right, my favorite le petit village inhabitant!

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous!!!!! And those shoes, oh my!

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  15. oh how I love Cassis! What a wonderful place! You are so lucky to live in the south of France!!

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  16. Nice! I agree with all the above....

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  17. Cassis is a beautiful place. I have a little shoes-and-Cassis story:
    Years ago, my husband and I took my parents (elderly Americans-just arrived in France) there. While my mother and I were parked near the water waiting for the guys to make a phone call, we watched people heading over to swim or sunbathe. My mother was so shocked by a woman wearing high heels to the beach that she didn't notice the topless women sunbathing nearby.

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  18. Oh how I love Cassis! It has the most beautiful water I've ever seen.

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  19. ohh...i have been wanting to go there!! loving your staycation posts!

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  20. I really need to stop reading your blog. you make me miss France so much it hurts! I never got to make it to Cassis during my too-short séjour in PACA, but I heard so many wonderful things about the town from my classmates in Antibes.

    obviously I just need to come visit. ;)

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  21. Sounds like the PERFECT day. Beautiful setting, people you love and shiny underwear! hee hee xoxo

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  22. Oh my gosh, I wanna go!!! It looks amazing. I'm not sure that i could rock those wedges while traveling around France, though. I'm not posh enough.

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  23. I know I'm supposed to eww and ahhh and the photos, and yes, Cassie is beautiful. But those shoes were amazing! Fell in love!

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  24. Oh my word, these pictures are beautiful! I hope you guys had the BEST time!

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  25. Hahaha only someone who lives in France (especially the south) would understand the sentence: "all that St. Tropez riff raff".

    It's also something a Golden Girl would say. : )

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  26. Gorgeous!!! Must. visit. Cassis. Its now on the bucket list!

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  27. Sounds perfect. I love Cassis but haven't tried your restaurant - hopefully we'll get there before we go (I'll take directions).

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  29. Oh wow, love the pictures! I need to travel there as soon as possible. :)

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  30. wow, did my comment just cause a chain reaction of comments? ^_^...the ocean, oh the ocean

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  31. You can never have a bad day in Cassis. Marseille - yes; Cassis - never!

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  32. Oh, I would be more than happy to breathe in the fumes of gasoline if the trade-off was that view (says the girl that was almost physically ill from trying to breathe on the back of a four-wheeler in Greece)... gorgeous though!

    And tell Mrs. London that those heels are amaaaaaaaazing!

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  33. Just catching up on your staycation. Gorgeous photos and I have to mention those lovely shoes!
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  34. We had another great lunch at Le Bonaparte Restaurant in Cassis last Friday. Great weather and the food and Cassis wine were fabulous! I am glad you found your way there although I must say dear friend I am not sure how you missed it because there are signs for the restaurant on the main street that point you to the restaurant.

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