Saturday, April 14, 2012

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale...

A tale of a fateful trip....that started from this French mediterranean port...aboard a tiny ship...

Okay, so we didn't get shipwrecked, but we sure had an amazingly exciting boat ride today!  We drove down to the beautiful coastal town of Cassis, had a very nice lunch, and booked our boat ride to visit Les Calanques.  The Calanques are inlets where creeks have eroded the limestone into stunningly steep and tall cliffs.

The wind had been blowing a bit and whipped the Med into some spectacular waves.  Our little ship (tourist boat holding about 50 people) was tossed around like a toy boat by the waves as they approached the shore and rose and crossed and changed.  It was fun when the boat would hit them head on and rise up and then fall down the other side.  We were sitting in the very front of the boat and had fun getting splashed a little bit....but then....we approached the 3rd and 4th Calanque and the waves got more mixed up and the boat got tossed sideways and up and down and they moved all of us off the the prow into the cabin.  And, good thing, because I think we might have gotten washed away!

On the way home, we drove along the cliff top road from Cassis to La Ciotat....500 meter cliffs dropping down to the clear blue sea.  Spectacular!

Josie is out enjoying Carnaval in Aix with her friends tonight.  Maybe she'll have some fun pictures for us tomorrow...???