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Blog Gathering in Provence France visits Le Castelle

Le Castellet is a charming little village perched above the plains of the départements Var in Provence, France. Arriving on the little road from La Cadiére-d’Azur you get a good view of Le Castellet, as the road across the countryside and vineyards pretty much circles the village before finally climbing up to the center.

Le Castellet in Provence France #2

It was a fortified medieval town, once belonging to the Baux and King René, ruled by the Lords and Bishops of Marseille and later by the Lords of Castillon. The “center” is at the top of the village, contrary to many Provencal villages where it’s on the slope and the top has only a lonely old church or castle. The narrow streets are cobblestone and the houses are old – nicely decorated with flowers. The chateau was last rebuilt in the 15th century, and has an imposing defensive feel about it.

As guests of the wonderful hosts on our Blog Gathering; Claudie and Pierre, my wife DianeCA and I had the privilege of spending a day walking around these medieval surroundings. I took a lot of photos as always and this time I’ll share them all from my Flickr account this way (enjoy!)

Le Castellet is also a surprisingly active village with various shops, art/antiques and handcrafts as well as lively business at the restaurants. We had our lunch at one of them, trying out the famous French Crêpe or pancake cuisine. As a Norwegian, I had mine in the French ‘Fruits de Mer’ way (English; Seafood) of course:
Le Castellet in Provence France #18

This is my third post from our unforgettable Blog Gathering at Claudie and Pierre’s. Being guided around of a local makes all the difference; e.g. we met a friend of Claudie, a Danish lady at her interior decoration boutique. Kind of exciting to have a Scandinavian meeting in this charming village :-)

I have a lot more to share from this adventures trip, so stay tuned – here are links to the previous posts:

1: Building friendships at Blog Gathering in South France
2: Blog Gathering at Ollioules in Provence France

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  1. What a nice article about our visit to le Castellet! You did a very good choice for the diaporama! Yes, it’s right, I don’t know anyelse castle with the center at the top!!!
    I will immediately put a link on my last article! Anyone can’t miss it! We tried another Pancakes’restaurant in Sanary with the Captain and Mr lifecruiser but we prefered the restaurant Le Roi d’Ys in Le Castellet.

  2. Wonderful pictures again, Renny! Your pictures and memories of your visit to France will keep it alive in your heart for years to come. Of course the seafood crepes look so yummy to me as I haven’t had my supper yet. As soon as Emmy leaves with her Daddy I’ll cook my pork chops, potatoes and Brussel’s sprouts. :-)

    Happy weekend!

    Love and hugs,


  3. Ah, crêpes! My old time favorite of course, given that I’m from Brittany. My usual: salmon, cream and leeks. Yummy!

  4. I will never forget that day. Everyone running around wanting to see everything. I felt a bit like a ‘Japanese tourist’ taking so many pictures of everything imaginable. Thanks for sharing it with me the first time, and again now!

  5. Oh, yes, we had such a lovely time there! So much to see! Lovely photos of a lovely reality.

    Thx for the great company during our stay there together, the house got very empty after you left :-)

  6. goodness Renny…
    you have been busy….what an amazing adventure and how exciting to be part of the this experience….
    I really enjoyed looking at your pictures and reading about your blog gatherings ..
    when are you all going to visit Oz???? ;) ;)

  7. I do not how to comment, in a neutral way.
    It was such a wonderful visit.
    Your ecellent photos tells the truth about the beauty of the Village and Provence nature.

    Both you and your lovely Diane has allready given us so many good memories from our short 8 days together.

    I’ve only come to the middle of France, to Lunch. Several days before we met in Marignan.

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog. I did not know that there were blog gathering like that, it must be nice. I started my blog last March and really enjoy meeting people from everywhere. I hope you’ll come back to my blog.

  9. great pictures, thank u so much for sharing them.
    The french cuisine is deliucate and yummy and I’d probably take my crepes with Seafood too :)

  10. Hey Renny,

    That Crêpe looked delicious!! I love “des crêpes”!

    Castelle is absolutely beautiful! And I loved the photos, so thanks for sharing your delightful break with us :D!

    If you like this type of place, maybe one day you could try visiting Estremoz (in Alentejo, South of Portugal): it is also a town within the walls of a castle (that now is a very nice hotel).

    I wish you a great week, my friend…:D!


  11. Renny this is just marvelous. I am so happy for you and your wife. I can only imagine how much fun this was. Oh that dish also looks so yummy!!

    I hope you keep on traveling my friend. We can all live vicariously through you!!

    Speaking of French I have a couple of things for you. Please forgive my misspell.


    I made the post before completing my first cup o coffee and left out the r in French.

    No rush, but, I did want you to know that I thought of you!!

    Wonderful pictures and post as always!!

  12. Those are the most amazing photos! I loved the shots of France and feel so disappointed that I only have Gevalia to watch these with…;)

  13. Great pics! Provence is the most beautiful area in the world! Well, I might say that because it’s when I come from… ;)
    May I just correct one small error :”seafood” in French is translated “fruits de mer” (“mare” is Italian ;))
    Cheers from Rome!

    Thanks, and I do agree; An extraordinary beautiful area!
    Thanks for the correction – it’s updated ;-)

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