5-7-16 LE PRADET, FRANCE: We are back on the European continent at a harbor in Le Pradet, a suburb of Toulon in Provence. Behind the harbor are a series of gray stone mountains that form the horizon, they all look like Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire.
This is the Côte d’Azur and people here drink rosé wine, we were informed at a visit to the Domaine de la Navicelle vineyard for a tasting of their six wines after a tour of the vines which are about to flower. They make two very different rosés for local consumption, as well as a white and two reds. I thought they all tasted pretty good.
The vineyard is neighbor to the family farm of Alizé, our expedition leader. The farm is 15 minutes by bus from the harbor. The Carrére family has owned the land since 1820, and M. Carrére is rehabbing the place and farming chickens for the eggs. About 300 chicken ladies provide almost an egg a day under an organic regimen. The chickens were all hanging out in the shade of the trees during the hot afternoon. They also have some veggies and olive trees.
We had hors d’oeuvre and wine after the tours in the courtyard of the 19th century farmhouse in the center of the farm.
After the outing, we bussed back to the ship, then docked in Toulon harbor for a photo slide show and the Captain’s Farewell Dinner. We are now headed to Monaco for a very early disembarkation and the end of the trip. We will overnight in Nice and fly out the next day.
On to Côte d' Azur and Provence. Could that be Mont Stainte-Victoire, made famous by Cézanne?
The egg business requires chickens.
Two hundred year old farm house/barn.
The courtyard where we had a reception in the afternoon.
Vine with many flower buds.
Jolly Parkway and Fanny Madison.
Maybe that one is Mont St-Victoire?
Chickens in the shade on a hot afternoon.