Tuesday, January 15, 2013


I had the chance to celebrate New Year with my friends living in Ollioules  a charming little town in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur a region in France near to Toulon. Located 5 kilometers inland, Ollioules is near the lovely beaches of the Provençal coast and only 200 km from Ventimiglia in Italy.

That's why I always think that I am in Italy only the people speak French !  The architecture is the same as on the Italian side and many names in Olliloues are from Italian origin.

The city hall decorated for Christmas

The narrow little streets with the laundry hanging outside from the windows

Tunnels through the houses

It's better to have a small car here !

Although it is winter there are still plants and trees which remain green

The police office looks very friendly !

A view on the main street

Although it was warm for me coming from the North, I was freezing when I saw this young woman in a T-shirt taking water out of the well !

Pansies are still blooming which looks quiet strange to me with the Christmas decoration

The St. Laurent Church which dates from the X to17th century

hosted a creche in form of a quiet big village, with houses and people during Christmas time.

Each day we went for a walk to Sanary-sur-Mer.  The seafront location once belonged to Ollioules. In the 16th century  a fishing village was created here. The port was constructed and the harbor deepened in the mid-16th century. It has become a tourist rendezvous, and the village underwent a strong decade of growth in the 1980s.

Sanary unlike most small towns on the Mediterranean coast is an active village all year round. It is probably the sunniest place in France, with an average of only 61 days of rain, mostly in winter. I was lucky it didn't rain at all, only one day it was a little cloudy.

View on Sanary from the seafront

The habor

Each day fresh fish and seafood is sold here, right from the sea

and in winter also roasted chestnuts

A strange view for me, to see a Christmas tree between palm trees !

The plane trees look a little spooky

It was so nice to be able to sit outside and have a coffee in the middle of winter !

I wrote already about Sanary in spring here


Indrani said...

Interesting sights!

Linens and Royals said...

Love the washing hanging over the street. The views are beautiful and your commentary excellent. You should have been a tour guide.

Anonymous said...

What gorgeous shots of this magical town!

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely town! I enjoyed your tour and all the beautiful photos. Great post! Have a happy week ahead.

LifeRamblings said...

very calm and peaceful town. thanks for sharing your wonderful journey.

Unknown said...

Beautiful post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

What terrific captures for the day, Gattina, and what a lovely town! Wonderful place to spend the holiday! I really enjoyed all your photos -- the very next best thing to being there myself! Thanks for sharing the fun and the beauty!

Fun60 said...

It looks a beautiful town to wander around. I love those narrow cobbled streets and the square with the fountain. Close to the sea as well. Who could ask for more.

magiceye said...

Brilliant captures all!!

Barb said...

It looks deserted - you had the little byways and even the sea to yourselves. Very charming - I loved the photos.

claudie said...

ou did a great report !!! I would like to be still on holiday and hac
ve nice walk and sitting under the sun with you!!! This morning it was snowing during 10 minutes!!! I don't tell you avout the excitation with the pupils in the classroom looking outside from the window!!!

Unknown said...

Ooh, your beautiful photos made me 'homesick' for the region as I visited Menton a couple of times, our friends own a hotel facing the beach at the far end towards Monaco. Thank you for visiting pret-a-vivre :-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your beautiful pictures!!
Vielen Dank für diesen schönen Spaziergang und die schönen Fotos,

Margaret said...

Narrow streets are my favorites.
And tunnels with archways at the end.
And the wonderful architecture.....

carol l mckenna said...

Absolutely magnificent shots! Wow!

Carol of(A Creative Harbor) ^_^ on blogger

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for the wonderful feeling you created by showing these photos and by the text you wrote accompanying them.Have a lovely week!
Wil, ABCW Team.


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