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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 20 of 28: Bandol - Things to Do and See

photo by my husband


Several excursions were available by boat: to the Calanques, to Porqueroles island and the aquascope to see fish. Although the Renecros bay was protected from big waves, the sea itself could be much rougher, so the promenades were not a good option for me. It was also possible to cross to Bendor island with a ferry.

The small train was free and stopped at several places like the market and the bigger Casino supermarket allowing buying food and carrying it on the train. Local Bandol buses were free. Going to Sanary or la Cadiere d’Azur or other places in the Var was €2 fixed price. Same price to go to the aquapark in St-Cyr sur mer.

The streets were cleaned daily as was the beach and all the sand was very clean. The lifeguards were present and informed us of weather and swimming conditions. We were offered to try diving for free; all equipment was available if we wanted. Pedalos and sun beds could be rented from hotels, but big sections of Renecros beach were public, and we used the public part. The beach is equipped with showers and toilets.

We took the small walking street to get to the beach; it was only a short walk to the beach stairs (maybe 250 meters, very close).

Many ice cream places which our son sampled all and they had lavender and violets flavor. Other interesting flavors were melon, chestnut, we were used to having cassis by then, it was not as exotic anymore in France, but still love it.

There were plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants in Bandol. The choice was difficult.

Our favorite apero place Tchin Tchin served some olives and a small divided snack plate of salads or tapenade with grilled bread. Once we ordered smoked salmon plate and it disappeared very quickly.

Another good place for drinks and ice cream was La Poupoune (although in Quebecois this is a suggestive name) bar, they had music, sometimes a jazz group and was full most of the time. We tried it and the kir was just amazing there.

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