The last act in our six month plan post my second liver section back in March was an 11 day break in the South of France. In the middle of this break we had a three day adventure in Florence which you can read about here. This though is a few pictures and the story of the rest of our trip.
We set off on Thursday night at about 6.30, drove to The Tunnel and then carried on through the night to arrive in Port Cogolin on Friday at about 1 in the afternoon. We made good time and only stopped for a short two hour snooze in the car. Taking the opel we had travelled very light so we were quickly unpacked and shortly we were having a pizza slice in a cafe at Geant before doing a holiday shop at the huge supermarket. I love the way that you feel as if you have never been away when you go back to the same place, it makes the holiday seem so much longer.
We knew that Monday to Thursday would be taken up with our trip to Florence so the rest of the holiday we devoted to the beach and the pool, apart from Sunday morning when we popped to Frejus to have a mooch around the Sunday market.
The sea is lovely and warm in September having spent all Summer warming up and we spent our time at our three favourite beaches, Gigaro Beach close to La Croix Valmer, L’Escalet and perhaps our favourite a small cove between L’Escalet and the tiny Cap Taillat which hangs onto the continent through a finger of sand. This area is a delight to explore with lovely coastal walks and tiny strips of sand clinging to the rocky coast, Cap Taillat, itself a real life Swallows and Amazons world, or your very own Kirrin Island if you grew up on Enid Blyton books. To access this area from Port Cogolin we avoid the St Tropez traffic by enjoying a beautiful drive that takes us through the delightful hill top villages of Gassin and Ramatuelle. Gassin for dinner, Ramatuelle for lunch – lovely!
It’s all about simple pleasures and when the Ice cream boat drops in on your beach then I’m in Heaven. The balance of beaches and a city adventure in Florence in the middle of it all really worked for us and this was simply a lovely holiday. Remembering it for this blog, comforted by the recent news of my clear scan, the world sure is a lovely place.