1 May 2018


I spent a week in Ollioules where my friend Claudie lives. It is located between Marseilles and Toulon, a sweet little town where the time stood still a little bit the Italian style, because sometimes I got the feeling to be in Italy. Only the people were speaking French !

This is the view from the property on the sea and mountains behind

The terrace where I lay in the sunshine, the garden and there were even chicken !

and also two cats !

After my arrival in Marseilles we drove home and the next day we went to an exposition of her sister's painting group

The exposition was real nice

It was in the middle of the town where nothing had changed. People now use the well to sit down and chat.

Claudie's daughter lives in the center of Ollioules in an old house on the 4th floor. I took the pictures

out of her window

The city hall

and a flower market

The palms were covered with a net, protecting the stems from insects killing the palms

We went to a super market which looks so colorful. I noticed that the prices are more or less the same as in Belgium.

On Sunday I flew home into the cold and stormy weather. The French air traffic controllers were on strike with the result that we sat one hour in the plane before taking off !

Probably due to the wind or the pilot wanted to catch up the hour, we were shaken like a dog's tail when he sees a bone ! It was terrible, the hostesses couldn't serve food or drinks and no sell on perfumes etc, they had to sit the whole flight attached with the seat belt !! We also had holes where the plane lost height. Fortunately me and my female neighbor weren't afraid, but the man besides me was in panic and a lot of others too ! We landed with a strong boooommmm, but safe and sound.

Mr. G. had to switch on the heating it is really cool 7°C (48 F) !!

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Lea said...

What an interesting trip - glad you got home safely! My favorite parts are the art show and the flower market. Some of those old buildings are beautiful - I like the street views with the palm trees.
Our temperatures are much like yours. We still need the heat on at night and in the morning hours before it warms up good around noon.
Hope you have a great week!

Lady Fi said...

Ooo - how lovely!

Andrew said...

Gorgeous photos. Was there a lift or did you have to walk up stairs to Claudie's daughter's house?

Off topic, our Carlton and United (beer) Breweries have a long and proud Australian tradition, but tonight from tv I learnt it is owned by a Belgian company.

William Kendall said...

It sounds like you had a good time!

carol l mckenna said...

What a beautiful little village ~ great photos and what fun for you ~ and us!

Happy Week to you,
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Claudie Cartereau said...

What a nice report about those few days we had together at home ! The pics are very nice ! Sad your fly was so difficult ! Hello to Mr Gattino ! I imagine he was in a such felling waiting for you at the airport !

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I'm glad I wasn't on the plane with you. I don't think I'm groan an moan loudly, but I would be gripping my armrest. The village looks charming. Parts of it reminded me of a mountain Italian village I stayed at years ago.
The View from the Top of the Ladder

mamasmercantile said...

Looks like a beautiful place to visit, such a shame about the disturbing flight.

Linens and Royals said...

Such a pretty village, shame about the awful flight home. I would have been afraid and also annoyed about missing out on food and drink. French President Macron is in Sydney now being wined and dined at the Opera House. Security is very tight.

Fun60 said...

What a beautiful place to live and weather to go with it.

Joyful said...

Beautiful photos Gattina. You look like you had wonderful weather too. You are lucky to live in Europe and be able to travel easily to another country. I was in a local restaurant here a few weeks ago. I heard someone speaking French. So I asked him if he was from France. He was from Brussels. We had a lovely chat. It turns out he is a judge. Some day I will travel to Belgium but it might be awhile.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It is a gorgeous town -- obviously I'm reading backwards catching up -- and I see you came home to nasty cold weather before it warmed up. That must have been a real shock!

I enjoyed all of your posts from France ... what a great break.