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Report 1939: Chateaux, Rillettes, Sunflowers, Mistral and Tour de France Triumphal Finish

By Anastasia from Canada, Summer 2011

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Page 19 of 28: Bandol Paradise

photo by my husband

Bandol paradise

Some nights on TV they were presenting the France national cooking competition, it was so well presented and fun to watch, I watched some nights until 3am in the morning. Also the regular daily show was interesting to watch. We have it in Quebec too (Un diner Presque parfait), but I found it was on a much higher level in France and I was curious about the tips and presentation. I am still watching it on the Internet since we got back. Anyway I always enjoy watching some local TV shows in each visited country.

The train station was about 800 meters from the apartment. There was also a pedestrian access to it a bit closer to our apartment.

Bandol had something every night. Before July 14, there was an amusement park (fair), and then on the 14th we watched fireworks in three places: Sanary, Bandol and another place by the beach. We were delighted for 30 minutes with musical Bandol fireworks admired from our panoramic terrace. Another night it was a Cuban dance evening on Place de la Liberte. For our son les guignols puppet shows had a show on one of the nights. There is a concert place in the port so they offered some concerts too. Right behind it people were playing petanque every evening.

There is a night market in the port every night. The day market included roast chicken, vegetables and fruit, paella, olives with tapenade and anchoiade, and acras de morue and crabs with a hot sauce. A bigger market was on Tuesday morning along the port and had an excellent choice of food and even some wine.

At night people dressed up and walked along the port promenade, and had apero followed by a meal at one of the numerous bars and restaurants. Bandol has a lot of atmosphere. The promenade along the houses across the road from the port and the beaches have numerous touristy bars and stores with expensive items, but we also found some good deals on clothes and bathing suits. The restaurants and bars there, despite a touristy look, offer good food, drinks ice cream and crepes.

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