Thursday, November 11, 2010


A few weekends ago, before it turned cold, we took a friend visiting from Australia down to Cassis.


Cassis is a seaside town near Marseille and a truly gorgeous place, as I hope my photos manage to convey.


Parking is never easy in these small towns that have become big tourist draws, but I don't really mind (unless it's raining) as it gives me the chance to wander through the streets and get a better feel for the place.


I loved the wall textures out the front of this house.


Getting closer to the water now.


Cassis harbour. What it's all about.



I thought these flower balls on the lampposts were so pretty I had to take two photos. At least I changed the perspective!



After we had a little look around, we settled down here for lunch. I had a fabulous smoked salmon and cream sauce pasta, washed down with plenty of rosé. Thankfully the kids couldn't finish their pizzas (although I had to arm wrestle the mister to get a piece).


After lunch we all had an ice cream/gelato. My gelato was lavender flavoured - delicate, sweet, aromatic, yum.


Cones in hand (dripping on wrists, smeared on faces) we wandered past more boats to the beach.


Not bad, huh?


Too cold for white pointers though.

The sand still wasn't Australia-worthy, but was much less gravelly than La Ciotat.


The kids had a ball burning off all the sugar in their ice creams.


Once energy stores were depleted the men folk took the kids back up the hill to the car while I detoured by the local church. St Michel's Church was built in the 1800s.


The walls behind the altar were painted with soothing-coloured murals.


Not so soothing for poor Joanie (St Joan of Arc).


And here's St Michel (the Archangel Michael) kicking butt and taking names. The dragon is Satan and he is undergoing some extreme root canal therapy at the hands of God's top general.


A close up of St Michael. On his chest he wears the latin words Quis ut Deus which translates to Who is like God? Hint: don't say 'me' unless you want a new throat entrance, as St Michael symbolises humility before God.


This was the view towards the back of the church.


How about that organ! The most beautiful blue.


As I left I noticed these flower boxes in the church square.


Well fed and tired, we drove back home, only stopping once to take some final pics of this fabulous view on the outskirts of the town.


À bientôt, Cassis!


  1. Bonjour, with these pictures, i have an extra place to visit when i go to france.Lovely.

  2. So beautiful. The itch to travel to Europe is getting stronger with each of your posts. Thank you so much for sharing these lovely places :-)

  3. Fantastic photos Kirsty! Thanks for sharing your trip with us. It is totally fascinating to see French towns & countryside. SO different to Australia! Still drooling over your lavender gelato & 'made on the day' chevre from your last post. In fact, your 'whimpering' description is perfect!

  4. Glorious photos. I'm with Nato - I'll be using your blog as a travel guide for my trip to France in a couple of years.

  5. Your pictures had me speechless. The front wall of the house looks cool. As does everything else. I love the smell of lavender but I've never had lavender ice cream before. Definitely something to watch out for while in France ^.^ That is one grand church. I love the colors of the murals. And the organ is amazing too. I've never seen one in real life before and it looks huge! Your comments on St Michael cracked me up. LOL! Once again, thanx for sharing. I imagine if I were to go to France, I'd have quite a bit of culture shock too. I had it when I visited Melbourne about six years back... in a good way that is :)

  6. Tes photos sont toujours aussi superbes, bravo et merci .

  7. bonjour kirsty~ I've loved this trip to Cassis - At our local market I buy a beautiful fromage "Bleu-de-Cassis" perhaps it comes from this lovely Cassis. It's delicious!


  8. Thanks Kirsty- it's on my list for next year! Your photos are stunning! Much more than 'not bad'!!!

  9. Howdy Kirsty,

    I am French and have been living in the U.S. for a long time and your beautiful pictures make me totally home sick even though I am originally from Lorraine and my parents now live in the Dordogne.
    I recently went to the Houston International Quilt Festival and I spent a long time studying a quilt from Lenore Crawford that depicted the port of Cassis. She won a ribbon for it too. You can find a picture of it at (don't forget the S in quilts) among the 2010 winners in the Art-Pictorial section. I am sure you will really enjoy it.
    I am so glad to see you enjoy your time in my country.


  10. Thanks so much for sharing that Annick - I had a look, what a fabulous work of art!

    Here's a direct link for those who'd like to see:

    Port of Cassis

    You'll have to copy and paste - my code is pretty crappy.

  11. Definitely one of my favorite places in France so far


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