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Dining and lodging in Camargue, Marseille, Cassis, St. Raphael

Jake Dear | Apr 16, 201703:44 PM

Here’s a quick and belated report from September 2016: Heading from a lovely repeat visit to Mangeur’s discovery, La Telline,; (in the Camargue, just below Arles) and taking the ferry over the bouche of the Grand Rhone at Salin-de-Giraud, we drove to Niolon, and its impressive clanque (deep inlet), and had a decent lunch at La Pergola,

Then on to Cassis, where we stayed at the lovely La Meduse, Dinners nearby at L’Oustau de la Mar,, and Restaurant Angelina, were good but not great (it was a Sunday and Monday, and we had diminished options).

Lunch in Marseille included bouillabaisse at Chez Fonfon, -- very nice. Then we walked it off in the old town before returning to Cassis to hike out to its own large and impressive calanques.

In St. Raphael we checked in to Villa Mauresque, Its well-regarded restaurant was closed for our two nights (contrary to what we’d been told when we’d booked a few months earlier), as were other nearby second choice restaurants, and so we settled for, at a close walk, L’Etoile, , which was good enough sea/beach food -- but nothing outstanding. Farther afield we enjoyed Les Flots Bleus,, in Antheor-Agay, where we had a fine lunch on the terrace and then a pretty good dinner in the dining room later that night. Our favorite dining of all this? The simple pleasures of La Telline.

Next: Antibes, Cannes, Nice, and environs (including lovely inland hillside villages). -- Jake

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