Toulon and Mont Faron

On October 3, 2019, three weeks after coming home from our Ireland trip and one week before our departure for North Carolina, I took a train to Toulon for one last 2019 photo excursion with my friend Didier. We met at the train station and Didier drove us to the bottom station of the Mont Faron, cable car. We were there shortly after nine a.m. and found out that our transport didn't open until ten o'clock. No problem! We spent the time talking and admiring the view.

Once at the top, we wandered around, visited the Notre Dame du Faron sanctuary, and tried to check out the small zoo, but as we found out, the animal park is closed every Thursday and, you guessed it, it was Thursday. We took a cable car back down and drove to the old town which we spent some time exploring. We savored lunch at Au sourd, before making our way through a maze of narrow streets to the waterfront. Finally, Didier drove us to the Mourillon beach where we enjoyed a beer before I had to head back to the station. Another fine day spent taking pictures with Didier.

By the way, if you would like to purchase fine art prints of beautiful photographs, I encourage you to take a look at Didier's web site. You will find great images that Didier prints himself with much attention to detail using professional equipment. One of his photos hangs in my office, and it's not as if I didn't have any pictures of my own! If you are looking for great photographs of the South of France you're sure to find something to your liking. Check it out!

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The Toulon train station

The Toulon train station


Looking from the train station down the 'Avenue Vauban'

Looking from the train station down the Avenue Vauban


On the way up to the 'Mont Faron', we're about to cross the cabin coming down

On the way up to the Mont Faron, we're about to cross the cabin coming down


From the top, one has a spectacular view over the town and its military port

From the top, one has a spectacular view over the town and its military port


The view from the other side of the mountain is gorgeous, too!

The view from the other side of the mountain is gorgeous, too!


Walking towards the sanctuary of 'Notre-Dame du Faron'

Walking towards the sanctuary of Notre-Dame du Faron


The sanctuary of 'Notre Dame du Faron'

The sanctuary of Notre Dame du Faron


Inside the sanctuary

Inside the sanctuary


On the trail back to the cable car station

On the trail back to the cable car station


The view from the trail

The view from the trail


Our cable car for the ride down is waiting

Our cable car for the ride down is waiting


Back in town. On the 'Cours Lafayette'

Back in town. On the Cours Lafayette


Design with vibrant colors

Design with vibrant colors


On the 'Place Eugène Baboulène'

On the Place Eugène Baboulène


In the old town, passageways like this allow getting to the next parallel street without having to walk to the nearest cross street

In the old town, passageways like this allow getting to the next parallel street without having to walk to the nearest cross street


'10, rue Baudin'

10, rue Baudin


In the Toulon cathedral, 'Notre-Dame-de-la-Seds'

In the Toulon cathedral, Notre-Dame-de-la-Seds


In the cathedral 'Rue Émile Zola'

In the cathedral

Rue Émile Zola


Coming up to the side of the Toulon Opera 'Rue des Riaux'

Coming up to the side of the Toulon Opera

Rue des Riaux


'Rue Charles Poncy'' Back at the market on 'Cours Lafayette'

Rue Charles Poncy

Back at the market on Cours Lafayette


Along the Toulon waterfront

Along the Toulon waterfront


Along the Toulon waterfront

Along the Toulon waterfront


Strolling along the 'Quai Cronstadt'

Strolling along the Quai Cronstadt


The amphibious assaults ship 'L9013 Mistral'

The amphibious assaults ship L9013 Mistral


The port of Toulon accommodates everything from the smallest fishing boat...

The port of Toulon accommodates everything from the smallest fishing boat...


...to mid-size sailboats and large cruise ships.

...to mid-size sailboats and large cruise ships.


Relaxing on the 'Plage du Mourillon'

Relaxing on the Plage du Mourillon


The photos on this page were taken on October 3, 2019.
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