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Report 2025: Airplanes, Roses, Poppies, Caves, Bridges and Paradise

By Anastasia from Canada, Summer 2012

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Page 23 of 24: Our Life in Bandol

photo by my husband

A foggy morning in Bandol

We knew Bandol already, but enjoyed it even more, as we had better weather this time. Refer to my other trip reports for details on Bandol and to my blog for restaurant reviews.

I was impatient to get to Bandolís market. A Spanish family there makes excellent paella. At the everyday market there is paella too, which is good, however, the Spanish one canít be beat. Our son loves it too. Another heavenly product is the tapenade. Many sellers just sell a sort of a puree (finely mixed) tapenade. Only one or two sell a real delight with bigger pieces in it (hand made in a mortar) and pine kernel. It is more expensive, but just incredible. This time I bought a slicer and fine julienne cutter and a cork with measurement glass ball on it, to serve alcoholic beverages. I also purchased fleur de sel and a mix of Provencal herbs to bring home.

This time we also tried the kiosks selling sandwiches, to discover very good and tasty sorts of hot sandwiches and kebabs. Their bread was incredibly good and they were huge. We ordered pizza to go from various places too. The farther from the port, the better the pizza and the less expensive it was.

I know because of the wind many towns had cancelled 14th July fireworks, but we had them in Bandol. Almost every night there was a concert or a puppet show for kids. On July 14th we had a folk show with horses and then we all walked with small lanterns to the main place where there was a ball organized, with a band. Some of the shows were so good, the one with African music, people came from other villages and towns and the whole Bandol was dancing. Not only the ones organized by the city, but also street dancers were great in the port.

At the end of our trip we walked to the train station took the train to Marseille and the airport shuttle bus from there with no problems. Our first flight had a lot of turbulence but we arrived to Paris in time. The second flight was a bit late, but we could walk around CDG airport for shopping for four hours. However I didnít buy anything, as prices were high.

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