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En-Sue and Redone

Friendship story, yet again. Well, Ljubljana saw its first snow today, but I will return more than two weeks back, deep in the time when I felt like I had no life left. I might be a liar, because the end of October and the beginning of November really offered great time to Igor and me. Well, actually it wasn't "October and November", I should put André and Olivier. They visited Ljubljana in September and it was settled that we come and visit them in November. So we did. We packed all we had to pack in our tiny little car and rolled some 1.000 kilometers to end in Ensues la Redonne, a really lovely Provencal village, just across the bay from Marseille. The way there was a fairly easy one, thanks to easy traffic and my LT skillfully navigating us through Italy and France.
I was really, really, REALLY happy to see André and Olivier again. Really happy. And I have to say they really did their best to make us feel at home in their lovely home. The first day, well the day after our arrival, was an easy one. We made some nice walks in the neighbourhood, went down to the beach and - it was 1 November - we were swimming in the sea. In our underwear. Because we've left our trunks at home. But, nobody noticed what was going on. And, NO, I am not going to post any underwear pictures. I don't want those Greenpeace people come running after me again, screaming "SAVE THE WHALE" and dragging me back to water, ok? :)
So... First day looked somehow like this.


André, Igor and Olivier above the beach, Marseille in the background.


Igor resting by the pool - A&O's pride and joy. :)
Igor resting by the pool - A&O's pride and joy. :)

A view down the railway station.
A view down the railway station.

The station. We were there.
The station. We were there.

No comment.
No comment.

Yet another one without any comment.
Yet another one without any comment.

Walking around, enjoying almost late-summer weather.
Walking around, enjoying almost late-summer weather.

The bridge.
The bridge.

Marseille in the distance.
Marseille in the distance.

Posing in the grass.
Posing in the grass.

Walking back toward Ensues la Redonne.
Walking back toward Ensues la Redonne.

Chef preparing yet another tasty meal.
Chef preparing yet another tasty meal.

Champagne...
Champagne...



And then came another day. And it was time to discover more or lovely Provence; it was my first time there and I loved it (and I looking forward to going there again :)). So, next day saw us in Marseille. It was a short stop in this lively, busy, hectic city. We went up on the hill to the Basilica and really got some splendid views over the city. Loads of pictures, lots of people and off we went. it was time to discover smaller, more charming places. Next on our list was Cassis, little (for France, at least) fisherman village - at least to me it looked that way. But there were way too many people there for my own taste - it was a long weekend off for French people, too, so it was hard to avoid the crowd. But we managed to get some sun, I&A&O managed to get an icecream and I managed to get some really good impressions about this part of France.
And up the hill we went then; to really spectacular cliffs that overlook Cassis and it's surrounding. Astonishing view, extraordinary warm days and a lot of time spent with two really great guys, André and Olivier. Have I told you I was happy to see them again? :)))

First part of the second day...


Olivier and me enjoying sunny day in Cassis.
 
Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde
Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde

A view over huge Marseille.
A view over huge Marseille.

A&O
A&O

The tower.
The tower.

Freak taking pictures.
Freak taking pictures.

Posing.
Posing.

Inside the basilica.
Inside the basilica.

Shhhhhhhh! Sacred place!
Shhhhhhhh! Sacred place!

Cassis - I couldn't help it. :)
Cassis - I couldn't help it. :)

Lovely port in Cassis.
Lovely port in Cassis.

Lighthouse in Cassis.
Lighthouse in Cassis.

We where heading up those cliffs.
We where heading up those cliffs.

And up we were.
And up we were.

I&O posing.
I&O posing.

I love this picture.
I love this picture.

Sun gets in my eyes.
Sun gets in my eyes.

The Holy Three.
The Holy Three.

Lovely one.
Lovely one.


Still the second day - and then came the highest point of our visit in Provence - well at least in my eyes. Evening saw us in Le Castellet, one of the most charming villages I have ever seen. Little houses piled up on the hill, protected by ancient walls, village full of little shops, a total feast for all your senses. Really, really amazing! I want to some to Le Castellet again. I do!


Breathtaking view from Le Castellet.

Entering Le Castellet.
Entering Le Castellet.

Olivier.
Olivier.

What else.
What else.

Munching on an icecream.
Munching on an icecream.

A really picturesque village.
A really picturesque village.

The church in Le Castellet.
The church in Le Castellet.

Soft colours.
Soft colours.

Inside the church, #1.
Inside the church, #1.

Inside the church, #2.
Inside the church, #2.

Evening sky exploded in colours.
Evening sky exploded in colours.

André in Galejade.
André in Galejade.

Smell this.
Smell this.

No comment.
No comment.

No comment. Any needed?
No comment. Any needed?

LT (love toy) - left: mine; right: André's :)
LT (love toy) - left: mine; right: André's :)

Sooooooo nice :)
Sooooooo nice :)


And then arrived our last full day with A&O. It was another fantastic day, but the idea we will have to go home soon just hasn't managed to get out of my head. But..... Aix en Provence proved to be a good choice for an easy day and so did the evening/night walk along the coast, enjoying the sunset and all. Oh, one more thing..... FOOD!!!
I need to stop here a bit more: Olivier and André "made" me eat things I usually don't eat (don't like/think I don't like/have some prejudice/just being a picky prick - pick the one you like) and I think I should mention at least lamb and fois gras (done by Dr. R AGAIN!!! :)) foie gras here. And maybe also coffee-creme... And chicken dark meat... And some pork.... My my they did break me in. So I am almost "normal" now. :)))))))


Aix en Provence - me and Olivier taking a break.

Aix en Provence - modern part.
Aix en Provence - modern part.

Aix en Provence - water.
Aix en Provence - water.

Aix en Provence - market place.
Aix en Provence - market place.

I&O.
I&O.

French and local dialect.
French and local dialect.

Check the price...
Check the price...

Olivier.
Olivier.

A&I looking.
A&I looking.

Me staring.
Me staring.

A&I talking.
A&I talking.

Detail.
Detail.

Cezanne spent quite some time in Aix.
Cezanne spent quite some time in Aix.

No comment.
No comment.

Sunset.
Sunset.

At the beach.
At the beach.

Cute.
Cute.

Posing again.
Posing again.

Adorable.
Adorable.


And next morning was time to go. And I was crying.



And I need to say: Thank you, A&O and I so want to see you again soon!

Comments

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cuboz
Nov. 18th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
You take such GREAT pictures! And tell such a wonderfully descriptive story too....

And Andre and Olivier are the cute couple - as are you and Igor, of course! In fact, it was SOOOO nice to see a couple of pictures of YOU there, too! WOOF!

You seem to have the most wonderful holidays / weekends away, don't you? And in some pretty spectacular places as well!

And I am STILL waiting to see the picture of you in your underwear at the beach... I shall tap my foot impatiently, and hold my breath! LOL

xxx
paterson_si
Nov. 20th, 2007 06:53 am (UTC)
Pictures and Whales
Why thanks! And I am still pretty sure those underwear/beach pictures are not to be posted. I do have a certain image I have to keep up with, you know LOL
And, yes, I try to make my time off somehow memorable, but you can be certain it just wouldn't stand the chance if it weren't for my fantastic friends. :)))

HUGS
(Anonymous)
Nov. 19th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
another French lesson :-)
you spell it "foie gras"
and remember, you don't spread it on bread :-)

it's lovely to see all those gorgeous moments again :-)

Hugs - DD
paterson_si
Nov. 20th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC)
Re: another French lesson :-)
And yes, I had to correct it again. And I did. And I am thankful. For the tip and for the rest. Much much much more for the rest. And yes, we had FUN and you're responsible for it, André and Olivier.

Be good and see you soon!!!

x
(Anonymous)
Nov. 29th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Cameras
What kind of camera do you use? Some really great photos! -Ugo
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