One day during my stay in the South of France, we went to visit "Les Embiez" a little island which was purchased in 1958 by Paul Ricard who worked it up himself. He is also burried on the island.
In the late 1920s, Paul Ricard had invented an aniseed-based drink in a laboratory called Pastis, which made him rich and famous and the Pernod became a part of old Provencal tradition.
From the tiny port of Le Brusc the island Les Embiez, is only 12 minutes away by boat. Les Embiez has a circumference of only 6 km, (6.7 square miles).
It is a beautiful natural island especially peaceful. Neither cars, nor arranged beaches. About ten people only live permanently on the island which is accessible all year long by regular ferries.
We took the ferry and went over to the island, where we took the "little train". It goes all around the island, you have a wonderful view and you get an idea of its beauty and charm. There is also the Institut Oceanographique Paul Ricard which can be visited, and an Environment museum.
The port of Le Brusc
we are waiting for the ferry
Only an about 15 min trip
view back on the port
view from the ferry to the mainland
Event program on the island greeted us
and then we took the little train
it really was so funny and the guide (and driver) explained what we saw
the vegetation was absolutely gorgeous
This is the grave of Paul Ricard, who died in 1997. He wanted to be burried on his island, which still belongs to the Ricard family.
The Paul Ricard Institut Oceanographique
and going back to the mainland
I wrote about this also on Writer's Cramps