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The last stop before Barcelona on our anniversary cruise from Istanbul was the port of Toulon in the Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur region of southern France.  Our friends had done some research on the wines of Provence so we fortunately got to tag along for a decadent day of wine and food tasting with some sightseeing thrown in.

We visited a couple of wineries including one that made Bandol red wine.  Bandol is one of the oldest vineyards in France.  2,500 years old!  The first vine was planted by the Romans.  Their red wine is primarily made from the Mourvedre grape.The winery was a beautiful stucco building with some of those blue shutters I love.

We then headed over to one of Domaines Ott's wineries also in the Bandol region called Chateau Romassan at the foot of the hill top village of Le Castellet.  The country house on the property dates to the 18th century.  Don't you love the texture of the stone and that blue?!

The grounds of this old chateau were so rich with the patina and memories of time.

Chateau Romassan's chapel

Caveau (wine cave)

Bandol countryside

Le Castellet

Tomorrow my post will take you to Le Castellet and the charming seaside town of Bandol where we dined on moules frites and sipped foo foo drinks.


Oh My! It looks wonderful!

Oh My! It looks wonderful! I wish I were there!

Hello Janet!

Hello Janet! (((((hugs)))))It’s so awesome to visit your lovely blog today on this Halloween blog hop. I think this is an awesome opportunity to meet other authors! I’m joining your blog and I hope you’ll join mine, too, so we can learn more about one another. My favorite monster movie is Night of the Living Dead and I’m dressing up as a mime. Mime is one of the most ancient forms of theatre, appearing around the time of the Greek tragedies. I hope to perfect the art and technique of portraying a mood, idea, or narration by gestures and bodily movements. The only problem is…that I have a big mouth! LOL. It’s so nice to meet you!ChrissyP.S. I’d love to connect with you online!My blog link is Facebook link is:!/chrissy.peebles1 My twitter link is:!/ChrissyPeebles1

Halloween HopI want to thank

Halloween HopI want to thank Jeremy Bates for the chance to participate in this blog hop.My Favorite monster movie - HellraiserMy Costume - Dragon (well the wings of a dragon and the rest is my sexy self)And I am now following this Blog (yay)I have read quite a few of the posts on this blog and I do believe I shallbe reading more as I have found them interesting to say the least. I hope that my participation brings this blog more visitors and that those turn into more readers for this blog's future. Thanks for being a participant and for those visiting this blog for the first time. Please comment, that is what we bloggers live for. :)****Promoting my own Blog****Free Book Reviews is a blog that reviews indie books, interviews indie authors and generally talks about whatever amuses them in the literary world. If you are an author please feel free to submit your book for review and/or an author interview. If you are a reader feel free to check out any book listed on our blog. In any case please share this blog with as many people as you can!

Wow, I love all of the

Wow, I love all of the architecture! The wine tasting sounds like fun, too. Thanks for sharing so many beautiful photos.

Happy Halloween Hop! It's

Happy Halloween Hop! It's good to *meet* you and thank you for letting me tag along on your trip. The thought that a 2,500-year-old vineyard shocks me reminds me that I haven't been on a good exploration of a new place in too long! This region will have to go on my never-ending list ;)

Dropping by for the Halloween

Dropping by for the Halloween hop :-)My favourite scary movie or book...erm well i'm not really a fan of anything scary as well to be honest lol! A total wimp!This year i won't be dressing up until next month when i go and visit my sister in Scotland. Not a clue what i'm going to wear

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