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expecting les calanques

by Heather

This morning I’m taking a little rest from my computer and handing it over to my Aunt Arlene, but before that, here’s some deliciousness I call breakfast.

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Yeah the colors aren’t too exciting, but the taste sure was!  Easy peasy shredded apple oats and scrambled eggs.  You probably know custard oats are my thing, but I don’t think Jacob’s a big fan.  So I made both of us happy with oat + eggs on the side.

What was your breakfast this morning?

Time for a hike from Arlene!

Did you catch her last french hike?  Well here’s one more from her trip there this year.  It looks seriously gorgeous, don’t ya think?

Hike: Les Calanques (France)
By Arlene

It has long been a goal of mine to hike the famous cut away cliffs known as the Calanques de Cassis in the south of France. Because I had been dreaming of this for many years, I had developed many expectations of this hike.

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View from Calanque de Port-Pin

The views of these Mediterranean fjords met my expectations; there were massive juts of rocky land gapped by deep blue water which, in some places, sparkled with light, and in others, gloomed with deep dark patches.

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The wide boulevard at the start of the trail

The trail exceeded my expectations. I loved the contrast on my feet crossing worn (slippery) patches of smooth limestone as well as climbing up and down jagged, weather rock stairs. And the smell was pure bliss—a mélange of pine and sage carried on the warm breezes from the salt water below us.

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A rare moment of solitude at the swimming hole

I had not expected all the people we encountered, especially since we were hiking well past the height of the tourist season. There were American running shoes, Swiss hiking boots, and fashionable Italian sandals all making the trek up and down the trails of the Calanques. We started early in the morning, so when we first passed the swimming hole, there were only a couple people on its beach. When we returned later in the day, there were more than twenty people cooling off in the green water or on the shore of the tiny swimming hole.

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High above the Mediterranean

We were able to be alone for our lunch which we ate on a pine-shaded perch high above the Mediterranean. I have dreamed of being in this place for years, and it did not disappoint.

Arlene

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Hilliary@ HappilyEverHealthy October 14, 2011 - 8:07 am

These photos are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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Isabelle October 14, 2011 - 5:14 pm

Beautiful hike 🙂 The view is incredible.

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Katie October 14, 2011 - 5:49 pm

My breakfast was SO GOOD this morning and I didn’t want it to end! Overnight oats in a jar! I used a jar that had my homemade pumpkin spiced almond butter, 1/2 c pumpkin, 1 small apple, 1 c unsweetened almond milk. TO DIE FOR! Have a great weekend Heather! 🙂

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eatingRD October 15, 2011 - 4:31 am

wow what gorgeous views! Would this by chance be near Toulon, France? Chris and I are embarking on a honeymoon adventure November 3rd and one of our cruise stops is Toulon but I have no idea where to go or what to visit 🙂

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Arlene Libby October 16, 2011 - 5:59 pm

What a great trip for a honeymoon. You are going to love the blue water of the Mediterranean.

Toulon is about a 1 to 1 1/2 hour drive west of Cassis. If that is one of your options for the trip, I highly recommend it. It is an adorable little French town with a pretty seaside area for dining (we had a great bouillabaisse at lunch; if you drink wine, Cassis is famous for its white wine).

Toulon will also has great food and views. Enjoy!

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Arlene Libby October 16, 2011 - 6:08 pm

Oops. Toulon is east of Cassis.

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 15, 2011 - 8:34 am

You can NOT tease me like that on Twitter!!! Are you??

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