When in France…
09 July 2012 | Saint Tropez
Hello fellow blog readers! Lindy here. It has been some amazing days here on Palarran. I came on the vessel last Thursday, and that night we went out for dinner. Because of my dietary needs, the meal I ordered was sent to Elaina's mouth instead of mine. I ended up with pesto pasta and Elaina ate pesto ravioli. Yum! Due the motion sickness patch I decided to wear, my overall wellbeing was very impaired. It seemed that all of the side effects applied to me. I overcame a very dry mouth, semi hallucinations, extreme drowsiness, and pain around the patch. I suggest never ever ever using this form of anti-sea-sickness. Instead I recommend Bonine, which is the most amazing pill ever for seasickness. Anyway, the next morning we all enjoyed walking around Cassis. We went to a wonderful farmers market to stock up on goods. Elaina and I stopped at a bakery on the way back to the boat. I had the best muffin ever! After our grocery shopping, we all hopped on the dingy and rode off to explore. Cassis is known because of several large fjords called Calanques in French. We came across a mini port and went for a short hike and a little swim. Elaina and I treaded water while waiting for the dingy to pick us up. After that adventure, we went to a little cove and enjoyed cliff jumping and more swimming. Cliff jumping has been my all-time favorite experience so far. After getting back to the boat, the adults went to a winery for a tour while Elaina and I did some shopping. Soon after, we all went out for dinner. All the ladies went to one restaurant while the men went for mussels and fries. During our dinner, Elaina and I had to use the lue. An easy misunderstanding occurred where Elaina accidentally went into the men's bathroom. She got a very weird look from another man trying to use the restroom. When in France, right?
The next day we finally went for a sail and ended up in Porqurolles, the largest island of the Iles d'Hyeres. There we headed into town and rented bikes. We took a long bike ride up some trails. When we reached an opening to a beach, Elaina and I walked down to the water. We waded through the water and I soon slipped on a rock and fell in the water. This event made me so angry. But, I'm over it! After we biked back into town, we headed off again to see an old windmill and fort up on the island. Then we went to have Mr. Lambright pick us up in the dingy. He didn't come for a couple minutes so Elaina and I swam out to Palarran. In the meantime the dingy came and got everyone else. We ate a fine meal on the boat that night of fish and squid. To end the evening, we played a fun game of Catch Phrase. The next morning we sailed to Bormes-les-Mimosas where we walked and walked to find something exciting, but nothing came about. I guess that what happens when you go on a Sunday. Everything was closed. We sat at a cafe and had drinks and Elaina and I enjoyed pizza and a chocolate croissant. We walked back and got picked up by the dingy. For dinner on the boat we had veal and potatoes that took forever to cook. It was very yummy after the wait. That night ended with another game of apples to apples.
This leads us up to this morning where we entered St. Tropez. We came across some very large yachts. We anchored and rode in to walk around and shop. There were some very nice stores to go into. We stopped for lunch and I finally experienced having French fries in France. We are preparing to go for a nice dinner out tonight. So many more places to see and experiences to have. When in France!