Toulon

by Bert Schwarz

In an internationally recognized travel guide I read : «The uncut Toulon simply does not fit into the sparkling world of the Côte d'Azur. Built around a roadstead (a sheltered bay with moorings), France's second largest naval port has a certain brittle charm and is not as horrible as it used to be, yet most visitors wisely just drive through.»

Toulon

Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz

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Toulon
If you're looking for bling-bling, you're wrong here.

I've got no clue in which Toulon the author of these lines was. In any case, he or she was not where we were for the first time in 2011 and where I am returning now.

Sanary © Bert Schwarz

Who is looking for bling-bling is wrong here. But if you want to stroll through the cozy alleys of the old town to look at shop windows or to slim your wallet in one or the other art shop, this is the place for you.

And then there's Mont Faron, which you can walk on a road, climb by bike - or, less sweaty, take the cable car up to see the beauty of the sea, the offshore islands and the view along the coast from above to Ciotat with its world-famous cliff. But this requires a very clear view.

I think, Toulon is an interesting, lively port city with friendly, open-minded people - as I actually came across everywhere in Provençe.