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A day on the Mediterranean, fields of sunflowers and camels in the south of France

Still no bread or croissants in the boulangerie. I think there is a mechanical problem - hope it gets fixed soon. We fall into new patterns quite easily - and an early morning walk almost next door for some warm croissant is most enjoyable.

Originally we had intended to drive down to Cassis a few days ago, but our plans got pushed back to today - and we are beginning to run out of time. Off before 8:30 over to Pertuis and down by Aix, arriving at Cassis around 10:00am. After parking on the street we walked down to the quayside, paused for a drink, walked around the pretty seaside town and took a tour of the calanques at 11:30am. This was our 2nd time on the boat tour - another enjoyable experience and this time we saw several rock climbers. The tour was followed by another pause and some shopping.

On our way back we missed the turn north at Aix - no problem for me, as the drive down was in the morning rush hour and was a bit stressful. We turned off at Salon de Provence and made our way back towards Rognes and the bridge over the Durance at Cadenet. In the area around Lambesc we came upon a remarkable sight - fields and fields of sunflowers just before their peak - almost worth a return visit to catch them in all their glory.

On a couple of previous occasions my companions have reported seeing two camels in a large field just before Villelaure on the way back to Ansouis. I was a bit skeptical until today - saw them in all their glory.

Happy Hour started with Monacos - beer, lemonade and grenadine at the Bar des Sports opposite - the bar features new tables and orange chairs, a colour matched by the shirt of JJ, the somewhat diffident owner.

Dinner over in Cucuron at Restaurant de l'Horloge - a memorable evening and the best dining experience of the trip. Review to follow on Slow Travel.

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Funniest line of the day -

"Are you taking that tray to the terrace, Donna?"

"No, it's going to the second bar."

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