We made our way to meet up with our morning tour and boarded our bus. The morning tour was a ride around the city of Marseille. The tour was on a double-decker bus with the top deck being open. Although the morning air was a little chilly we took the upper deck.
After we walked around the Basilica, a new bus picked us up and continued the journey along the rocky coastline and lovely views of the islands and the rising hills of the Marseilleveyre Massif.
The second leg of the afternoon excursion was to the village of Le Castellet. Le Castellet is a typical hilltop village in the Provencal area, a large region in southern France boarding the Mediterranean Sea. This hilltop village is perched on the wooded hills of the Var Region which is dotted with vineyards and olive groves. Var inland is rich with vineyards, olive groves, spectacular lavender plantations and charming medieval villages up to the striking beauty of the mountains. This region is well positioned between the mountains and the sea. It stretches from the 250 miles of magnificent sun-drenched coastline of the Mediterranean across impressive hinterland landscapes.
The well-preserved walls of Le Castellet once served as a stronghold for the feudal Lords of Les Baux. The village features a restored 12th-century church and a castle built in the 11th century that now serves as the town hall. The village has two fortified gates, Le Portail or Le Portalet that allows access to the village. Our guide provided an interesting guided walking tour of the narrow cobblestone streets of the medieval town. There are now numerous arts and crafts shops and traditional French cafes throughout the village.
The Mediterranean climate of this area provides around 300 days of sunshine per year. This was an exceptional place to visit and provided a wonderful example of southern France to ‘experience and adventure’ with all the attractions on offer.
Tonight’s show was “When Mickey Dreams” another new show. Mickey’s dreams come to life, including nightmares. This show had little dialogue and was more of a mixture of Cirque de Soleil® La Nouba, EPCOTS millennium parade and Dreams. It was quite a production.
The dinner theme this day was Pirates IN the Caribbean, although were in the Mediterranean. As I learned the Mediterranean had its share of Pirates. After dinner its Pirates IN the Caribbean Deck Party. The party, and the buffet, seemed to be well attended. Having the late seating, you miss the start of the party and you are too filled to enjoy the buffet. Tomorrow it is our last port. It is hard to believe.