Blog Gathering at Ollioules in Provence France

Ollioules is located South France in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, 7 km northwest of the naval port of Toulon. Beautifully set in fantastic natural scenery at the foot of the big mountain Le Gros Cerveau, this highly privileged location close to the sea but still a little away from the hectic coast life makes it an ideal holiday resort. It’s a charming medieval village with well-restored houses, streets with arcades and flowery balconies.

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Ollioules (population of about 12,000) is renowned for its flowers and the town is, actually, called la reine des fleurs (the queen of the flowers). The name, Ollioules, comes from the Roman word, Oliolis, which signifies olives which have been cultivated in this area for thousands of years.

We where lucky enough to be invited by Claudie and Pierre, who opened their home for a Blog Gathering for almost a week. We had the adventure of a life time. In my last post; ‘Building friendships at Blog Gathering in South France’, you’ll read about how wonderful we were taken care of. In this post, I’ll take you along for some of our adventures in Ollioules:

Jazz Concert at the town square:
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We had a lovely evening listening to a very good jazz band which included some local musicians. It felt like everyone was there in a cosy and family friendly atmosphere. Typical for a small town like this, where ‘everyone’ knows each other, is proud of their city and support local activities like this. Yeah; even the children had fun and danced all around:
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Ollioules by night:
At 11:30PM, after the concert, we walked around and I had my Nokia N82 at hand, trying to capture the atmosphere. Though the lighting was a bit difficult, I do hope you get the idea of why Claudie and Pierre are proud of Ollioules and how easy you can fall in love in this town:
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By night in the most charming town at Provence at full moon.

Local Art Exhibition:
Some days later, another adventure in Ollioules – everyone was there and one felt the same charming and friendly atmosphere – The exhibition with local artists (Claudie’s sister was one of them!):
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Left: Mayor, Robert Beneventi opened – Right: Food and drinks was served outside.

At the beach:
Located 5 kilometres inland, Ollioules is near the lovely beaches of the Provençal coast such as: Bandol, Six-Fours and Sanary is only 7 kilometres from Toulon. Twice we were at Bandol and this was my first swim in the Mediterranean:
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Left: Entering the beach – Right: RennyBA scuba diving :-)

Like I sad in my last post; it’s impossible to fully describe in words how wonderful this time at our Blog Gathering was. Reading between the lines and watching the pics, hopefully gives you a clue.

TorAa and his wife as well as Mr. & Mrs. Lifecruiser and my wife DianeCA was there too, you might like to click to read some in their perspectives. I have a lot more to share from this adventures trip, so stay tuned – here is link to the other post:

1: Building friendships at Blog Gathering in South France