Monday, July 29, 2013
In any case Bandol has never disapointed so far. This year they have a guy selling platters of seafood at the daily market from Llyly Coquillages. They are spectacular and good value. Mine was a 20E platter, but he also makes smaller ones. The mayonnaise was home made and incredible. There is a stall at the daily market selling charcuterie and smoked salmon which are simply spectacular. The traiteur next door sells all sorts of prepared foods but also terrines. The choice is incredible and quality very good to excellent. I bought fish soup from them for 9E, which made us 2 meals. It came with delicious rouille and croutons. Dona Patri pizzeria makes great pizzas to go or eat there. Our favorites so far were the pissaladiere and another one with tuna and anchovies. I tried paella from 4 different sellers, but the one at the big market from Spanish family is the best. Also, the stall with olives and tapenades at the daily market has incredible tapenades and achoiades. Even the hot sandwiches from kiosks behind the Tourist office are good and only cost 3-4E. As activities this year we had les joutes, grandiose fireworks for July 14, several concerts and defile de lampions. Bandol has 3-4 orchestras including 1 jazz, from firemen I believe. One of the free shows was Natasha St Pier, from Quebec, but living now in France. I have never seen her shows in Quebec, but in Bandol it was a very good music and evening with piano and then her songs. But that was only one of the few. One day they closed the Renecros beach because of something seemed a pollution, but we could try the Casino beach also close to our apartment. It is a good beach with access for people with mobility problems. In water there are stones however, but water itself was warmer as the beach is more exposed to sun.