Beached At Cassis

Cassis Harbours

Looking towards Quai Saint-Pierre

Cassis Harbour

Cassis Harbour

Along the Quai des Baux

Along the Quai des Baux

Cassis La Ciotat Mountain Top View

Cassis is a charming village by the sea with merchants offering an array of beach wear and everyday fashions, souvenirs and plenty of delicious sea food. Durade! Durade! Durade! Most notably, Cassis is best known for its white wine. The beautiful turquoise waters offers an opportunity to enjoy a bit of the Mediterranean by boat for day trips to the Calanques, rentals for kayaking along the rocky shore lines or just taking casual dips in the water. Cold at first but once you’re in, its hard getting out from a sea swim with the ease of a rolling tide. Like to hike? There’s plenty of that. There are miles and miles of guided trials. For a stunning view drive or walk up to Cap Canaille, the highest coastal cliff in France.

I had the opportunity of visiting this bustling village for 4 days during the last week in August. Yes, its taken me months to update my blog. But I’ve been out of touch and then I just got really busy and then tired from being busy. 1st off, I didn’t have internet for over a month when moving into a new apartment. Just the internet I had on my iPhone. (Thank you instagram! You’ve been my photography outlet!) Then I started a job in the evenings and then school started and is every weekday for 5 hours each day and yada, yada, yada.. excuses, excuses. I mean, how long does it take to upload a post? For those that have a blog… you understand it takes nearly an hour at least! Include your editing of photos and formatting, it can’t take hours. Frankly, after an 1/2 of constructing a post, I need a break. But with my 4 day weekend and a cold virus to fight through, I’m updating my web journal now…finally. Next post? Aix En Province BABY!

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Ode to Ortygia

 

Thus far the most beautiful city nestled on an Island of narrow streets that maze and curve within ancient sea walls surrounding every magnificence of its beauty. Within the province of Syracuse, in the southeast corner the Island dates back to 734 BC where Greek settlers founded and built upon some of the most preserved historical sites. This is Ortygia Island also known as Citta’ Vecchia (old city) and in Greek means, Quail. Where we took in the ruins of The Temple of Apollo which dates to the 6th century. One of its walls still remains nearly intact and located at Piazza Pantalica when our evening started at the Cafe Apollo and continued along the harbour, breezed along the coast line, marvelling through Piazza Duomo, winding our ways through the alleys and tiny streets past amazing architecture, endless slew of restaurants before resting to dine on the sea front of where our destination began a few blocks away. The Island is easily enjoyed on foot and the best way to take in all the sights and wonders of this amazing Island. I could live in this city forever! So, please enjoy my gallery of photos below. Another trip next week with friends are to follow, this time the Fountian of Arethus and Piazza Archimedes are a must to see.

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