From a place in the sun

We drove all day on Saturday and arrived late at night to a place that is quite close to my idea of Paradise.

We're in Cassis, a small jewel of a town on the Mediterranean coast of France. Quite close to Marseilles, but worlds away in all other ways. Chic yet a lot more laid back than the Cote d'Azur.

This is the view towards the small harbor from the roof terrace of the apartment we've rented for a week. I've been spending most of my time so far on that terrace, dozing.


We did however rouse ourselves enough to make it to a market, where we saw this rather astonishing display of locally picked violette asparagus stalks.


Strawberries abound too, as do apricots and cherries, and even early raspberries.


I had some of those fresh strawberries in a fruits mixté . It tasted just like pure crushed strawberries. (The other one is a pineapple version, which I thought was heresy.)


The pace of posting will be a bit slow for the next three weeks while I catch up on my sun and sleep quotient...but the camera and note taking will be quite busy for sure.

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Your view is absolutely gorgious, as are those food shots!!! Have a wonderful vacation:)

Hi, Maki - I was wondering if you would be able to give me info on renting an apt or house in Cassis? I am planning a trip to France with my husband and two adult children - never been before but your posts have me in love - many thanks

I have used a service called Homelidays many times with great results. They have a lot of listings for Cassis. I've also found places on Keep in mind that Cassis is very popular, and quite small (it's hemmed in by the sea on one side and the hills on the other) so it's very expensive in the high season which is July-August (e.g. 1500 euro - 2000 euro and more for a 2-bedroom apartment) and pretty expensive in the shoulder season too. If you rent there, be sure to get a place with its own parking, otherwise parking can be a hassle. Good luck!