Restaurant Recommendations

I wanted to give a shout-out to a couple of great restaurants that we discovered on our recent trip to France.

The first is the KV&B, in Bandol, on the south coast between Marseille and Toulon. It’s on a small street, just back from the seafront, so you probably wouldn’t find it unless you knew where to look. The menu is small, but perfectly formed, and is a great improvement on some of the pizza joints in the area. The bill was in the order of €30 a head without wine. They must be doing well, they’ve got another restaurant in the same street.

The second one is a lovely bistro in Paris. It’s called the Restaurant Perraudin and it’s on Rue Saint Jacques in the heart of Paris near the Boulevard Saint-Germain. I had a delicious entrocôte steak and frites. Book if you want a table in the front of the restaurant – red and white checked tableclothes and everything.

End of the Holiday

The site’s back up after a few days’ offline. I don’t know whether it was hacked or whether my host fixed it, but something managed to bring it back up.

The sailing holiday’s over. We drove from Bormes-Les-Mimosas to Morzine, had a day there, then spent the following night in Beaune. Yesterday we drove up to Paris and found a lovely hotel, Le Petit Paris, in Saint Germain. Tonight we’ll be on the ferry back to Portsmouth and then it’s back to work 🙁

There are some new photos on Flickr, more here next week.

Il Pleut Toujours

It’s still raining.

Today’s forecast was showers and Force 2 to 4. We decided to sail from Île de Porquerolles to Sanary, between Toulon and Marseille. Half an hour after slipping out of the harbour the rain started. There was a big, stationary, thunderstorm to the west of our track and we were catching the edge of its rain. A couple of hours later it was still raining and it didn’t make any sense to continue to Sanary so we diverted north to St Mandrier-sur-Mer, just south of Toulon.

We’re now in a café blogging, drinking pression, and staying dry for a change!

Back in Cavalaire-sur-Mer

It’s been raining for three days now. We’ve been told it’s the first rain here since May – it’s certainly making up for it.

After a windy night in Port Grimaud we decided to make a run for it back to Cavalaire-sur-Mer. It took three hours, and the weather wasn’t as bad as forecast, but the decision was sound as we’ve got a much more sheltered mooring in the marina here and it was blowing Force 7-8 last night.

So today is shopping, drying clothes and generally chilling. If it’s better tomorrow we’ll try for the island of Porquerolles.

Rendezvous in Paris

Update: The video doesn’t seem to be on YouTube any more but a copy can still be seen on this website.

On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris.

The film was limited for technical reasons to 10 minutes; the course was from Porte Dauphine, through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur. No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit. The driver completed the course in about 9 minutes, reaching nearly 140 mph in some stretches. The footage reveals him running real red lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians and driving the wrong way up real one-way streets.

Wikipedia entry