The Coast

Thursday, October 16, 2008

We took a drive south to the coast as Darren had a craving for Moules Frites (mussels with fries) and had never been to the Mediterranean coast in his previous travels. So off we go for the hour-and-a-half drive, exiting near Bandol and winding our way down the coast to Sanary-sur-Mer. Sanary is a picturesque seaside village with its own protected harbor and pastel-colored buildings. Years ago, this is where Jacques Cousteau experimented with and developed the modern-day aqualung. After taking some photos, we took a table at the Café Lyon where we had eaten before in May with Jeff and Dawn, and had lunch, featuring Moules Frites for Darren and a refreshing chilled bottle of rosé.  After lunch, we decided to drive up to the ancient fortified hilltop village of Castellet for more photo ops. After exploring the old narrow streets and taking in the views, we hopped back into the car, drove back to Eygalières, changed for dinner and drove over the Alpilles to Riboto.

Chef Jean-Pierre outdid himself with buchot moules and oysters in an herbed fish sauce for our first course. Darren and I had that for our appetizer, while David and Anne chose the salade with lapin (rabbit) for the starter course. Anne’s second course was a delectable sea bream, while David joined Darren and myself in choosing an incredible pork. Delicious!

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