Monday, March 18, 2019

Marseilles Trip 2 - Îles du Frioul

Part2 of my post on our Marseilles trip. After IF island, the ferry took us to the Frioul Archipelago, a group of four interconnected islands. The boat lands you on the port of Ratonneau island. It has tiny village about a hundred inhabitants, all of whom seem to be restaurateurs - it is chock a block with touristy restaurants and ice cream parlors. It is only when you see it from a distance that you realize how pretty it is. We decided to give it a miss and head for the island of Pomègues, to which it is connected by a dyke. A decision I regretted later because, despite the port area looking like a tourist trap, it has its own attractions, not least a historic fort that dates back to Roman times. Pomègues by contrast is completely uninhabited. It is a long thin finger of delicious chalky cliffs, romantic bays and lagoons and scrubby vegetation. Blandine and I trekked all the way to the tip and plonked ourself down on a rock shoal under an overhanging cliff and watched the Mediterranean swirling and crashing on the rocks. Until it was time to head back to the ferry...

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