We docked for Toulon. Instead of being at the city dock, it was across the bay in Seyne sur Mer (note, Wiki has little to no history or current information on the town. Especially lacking is what happened to the town during WWII) where there is a commercial port not far from Fort Balaguier. There is extensive anchorage as well as pier in Toulon. At the Naval Base which is the largest in France. One might surmise that interests, weather, and lack of Brits as well as economics might have something to do with the placement of this important Naval Station. The Naval school is located here as well. The last time I was here we docked in Toulon and I spent extensive time in the Maritime Museum. If I had wanted to go across the bay it would have been a local water transfer. It seems that a French Ferry and another cruise ship (HAL?) had the only docking berths for the day.
Not being one to spend 18€ when I can walk for free, I first headed to Fort Balaguier only to find that, this not being Wed or Thurs afternoon, it was not open for visitors. There were workers inside, but my French is atrocious at best so I didn’t bother to call out.
Front there I wandered through an building that had obviously seen better days.
the port to the town itself where I had just missed both the flea market and the produce market.
So I wandered around enjoying myself taking pictures of buildings, streets and alleys.
a couple of pictures for Cheré
and one for Pat, Linda and any other librarian reading this
the ships in the harbors (Naval Yards, Toulon, local) of all manner
and the monument to the French Resistance including those lost in the Shoah