Tuesday, May 10, 2011

EMBIEZ - French Riviera

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

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Pretty Life Online said...
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Pretty Life Online said...

one of the best photographed countries in Europe,,, Have a great weekdays!!!!! I hope to see you around @ my little world.

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, it's beautiful, Gattina. I don't remember it from your regular blog. I'll have to look.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Sylvia K said...

What a gorgeous place, Gattina! And your photos are awesome! I would love to visit there! Love that blue, blue water! Thanks for the tour! Hope your week is going well!


Anonymous said...

What wonderful blue skies and sea!

diane b said...

Great landscape photos. What a beautiful place to visit

Maribeth said...

Oh how beautiful! I have never cared for Pernod, but I would love to be on that island!

claudie said...

What a good day it was! It was short but intensiv trip!!!! Today, I went in a Boulangerie with the pupils and we saw all the bread preparation! I took marvelous pictures! i will do a report about as soon as possible!

Loree said...

Such a charming little island. Your photos are gorgeous.

Gracie said...

What a beautiful place! Look at that blue sea, stunning! Thanks for posting.

Trotter said...

Hi Gattina! It looks lovely... provided that you don't need to swallow that pastis... ;)

After the Blogger calamity this week, Blogtrotter Two is showing the last post on Amsterdam 2010... Enjoy and have a superb weekend!!

Lifecruiser Travel Blog said...

Ahhh... lovely, lovely. I'd have wanted to be there too. Looks like you had such a marvelous weather too. I'm really envious.

Dianne said...

a beautiful place
and your photos do it justice

I love the little train :)

B i r g i t t a said...

I have anjoyed the photos and the words - wow!

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic and superb photos, Gattina! I could enjoy a visit there! Hope you have a great week!


LifeRamblings said...

i've always wanted to visit this place. your photos are wonderful and the last capture is my favourite.


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