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October 23rd 2010
Published: October 23rd 2010
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La Tour Fondue

Friday 15TH October 2010

Moved about an hour along the coast today to a campsite on a promontory at La Tour Fondue near Hyeres. This is the most southerly point of the Cote D’Azur and is very popular with the diving and watersports fraternity. The Tour Fondue ( the melted fort ) is closed but from the beach and harbour you get a good view of the Iles D’Hyeres a popular destination for day trippers.

Saturday 16th October 2010

After lunch we set out on foot to explore the area. The promontory has large salt pans which are home to wading birds particularly flamingos. On the west coast a long narrow beach attracts wind and kite surfers and as today the mistral continued to blow many were out on the water. We sat in the shelter of a beach side restaurant / café and watched as they sped across the waves occasionally leaping high into the air.
The return journey was via the village of Giens where we visited the patisserie and indulged before heading to the coastal path. Max now refers to this as ‘the cliff walk from hell’ given her lack of a head for heights I think I probably need say no more than I wasn’t too popular.
In the evening we ate at the lively campsite restaurant where moule / frites went down a treat.

Sunday 17th October 2010

With the mistral still blowing we decided to head for Aix en Provence a lovely drive through vine covered scenery. We finally arrived at our camp on the shore of a large lake near St Chamas. It was a clear sunny day but the cold mistral wind had picked up so we hunkered down for the night.
The local tv news forecast winds of 110 kph for the next day !

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