Mesdames et Messieurs, the French Riviera Holidays continues and we tell you about all the things to do in Toulon.
Last time we were in amazing Monaco and Nice, pearls of the Côte d’Azure – this time we found ourselves in Toulon, quite a small and idyll town with approximate of 170,000 citizens.
Toulon left a feeling of easiness and melancholy.
There was something really calm in this place. The streets were silent and all of the people were gathering around the market, where you could buy anything from food to textiles and furniture.
The central market (centre ville) is located on a local shopping street (directly from the port) with other many small shops, mainly selling clothes and accessories.
After visiting this local food market and checking some other fashion stores, we made a little round tour through Toulon.
There is also a bus tour which is possible to take, but Toulon is relevantly small, and if walking is a pleasant way of exploring places, I would recommend just walk around the city and have a look on buildings, people, monuments and animals, such as birds for example 😉
Here would be a great moment to show you some shots from the Toulon oldtown.
It is pretty. Toulons old town did not escape from damage during the world war and it was pretty much destroyed and rebuilt afterwards. The buildings have mainly this warm, fresh light beige color, representing the color of the sand. After a quick tour around oldtown we decided to visit Le Pradet.
It takes only around 20 minutes from Toulon and you find yourself in a smaller commune with a beautiful beach.
For those that have more time to explore the neighborhood of Provence, I would recommend to see Porquerolles island.
It is easy to take a day trip from Toulon with a Ferry there. Unfortunately we had not that much time and exploring this island would not be possible for us this time.
French cuisine, and especially Touloinese specialities are definitely worth to try.
Usually desserts are those that catch my eye fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichi_fr%C3%A9gi.
This dessert somehow reminds me of Spanish churros, but only a little and only with a first glance 😉 of course it is totally different.
When I heard this name Chichi frégi, so cute I thought to myself.
This dessert is made of a yeasty dough and is fried in the oil and covered with powder sugar. This method of preparation, a bit like a donut, also reminded me immediately of the Finnish recipe of this dough Munkki (means a munk in Finnish, surprisingly). So these “munks” munkit are typically eaten during the First of May holidays.
Now the time came to mention Toulouns marinemuseum. www.musee-marine.fr/toulon
Here to book the tickets for those that feel that their soul is yearning to know a bit more about maritime forces in Provence.
Toulon was explored and this was the time for us to take the ferry to La Seyne, another, smaller commune, just 10 minutes from Toulon.
La Seyne was a special place with umbrellas.
They had an umbrella campaign going, while our visit.
Take a look at the umbrellas!
Oh lord, days are passing by so quickly and it is nearly over now and again departure time. Hopefully now you know all the things to do in Toulon!
French Riviera holidays – This was the last stop from this section of our trip and the next stop is groovy and catchy Barcelona!
Lets see how it is going to groove there, at least it was going pretty well today!
So, Bye then – Salût – La Bird