KINDNESS UP AND DOWN THE MED

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AUGUST 26 - 27 (75 km)

Carry-le-Rouet - Cap Croisette - Six-Fours-les-Plages

Up early on 26th wanting to get to Cassis. I see some amazing scenery and history.

 

   Château d'If, Marseille 


Château d'If, Marseille 

Tired getting across a large body of water around Marseille, I paddle toward a small port called, Port de la Madrague de Montredon. There I am surprised by a visit from Iwos (Norway). A lovely couple greets us on the beach and they invite us home for lunch. Sporty initiative.  

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On way home to Antoine and family.  

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Antoine and wife work at sports research center outside of Marseille. CRVM - Centre de réalité virtuelle de la Méditerranée. They are so pleasant. Somdown to earth. So gracious.  

I head out again but make it only as far as Cap Croisette. Winds 9 mtr/per second and large bumpy waves from big tourist boats. I try, but turn back. Good choice. Less risk and a beautiful evening on a beach. 

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This is a majestic place. Talk to a nice couple on the beach and then pitch my tent when everyone is gone.  

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August 27.

Up early and off. Dark. Can't see waves but feel them. Paddle hard and long to Ile Verte, have a coffee and baguette and talk to a cool guy, Manu. He designs work clothes.  

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Early morning sunrise on way

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Manu paddled to the island with his dog. He is getting married soon. :) 

Bandol. Paddle further to Bandol and stop at an island called "Ile de Bendor".  There I am graciously given a lunch and two beer by a very welcoming Portuguese man Jose and wife Maya. The waitress was cheerful. 

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Kindness is one small act, sometimes done in, otherwise, a very busy day.  

 

I paddle further, making it to "Six-Fours-les-Plages". Paddling through the islands, I meet a family on some kayaks and a paddle board. They tell me about Valerie and Claude who are starting a food shelter for the homeless and migrant people. By night Quemao is a restaurant, by day it will feed the poor and needy. 

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 Valerie and Claude also run a B&B. They invited me to stay the night and also treated me to a lovely supper. Thank you!!!! 

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A unique B&B. Clean, interesting and a vibe all of its own. 

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One can choose to sleep in a Defender of which has crossed the Dakar. 

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Breakfast in the shade.