Before Chelsea left for Bangladesh, we celebrated Easter early. We gathered together in Cassis because French Husband had a surprise to share with us. We knew the surprise, but didn't really believe it, could it really be as good as he was telling us. Not that he embellishes stories, or distorts the truth, far from it. Simply put, French Husband's surprise seemed way to good to be true.
Mr. Espresso gifted Chelsea with a new camera, a smaller one than her SLR, to take with her to Bangladesh. While we were in Cassis she tried out her new camera on us.
All the photos are from Chelsea.
Chelsea set her camera on a
timer, as she wanted us to jump.
But, we were either too soon, or too late, and could never get our groove on the right beat.
Personally, when they jumped high, I went bent down. I am a terrible jumper.
And that was just fine.
I thought it would add contrast. In the end we were in the middle.
French Husband's family is from Bretagne. Sailing is French Husband first love. Unfortunately, I do not do any of the sports he does, but I might have to learn about sailing.
One of the first things we did when we bought the fisherman's house in Cassis, was sign up at the sailing club. Instantly, French Husband met some wonderful people. Long amazing story made short French Husband met a man, who knew a man, who bought a brand new boat, and wanted to give his old boat away. When French Husband told me about this, he literally was bouncing off the walls, that he was given a boat. I remember thinking, "it must be a junker, or an inflatable raft..."
So as we were together celebrating Easter, French Husband wanted to show us the boat. There are two ports in Cassis one is in the center of the town, and the other is nearby in Port Miou.
One of the things Port Miou is famous for...
"...Quarries along the calanques have provided a dense white limestone for centuries. One of the first "modern" ones was the Cacau quarry in 1720. Cassis stone has been used around the world, for things as divers as the base of the Statue of Liberty, the Suez canal and the quays of Alexandria. Its durability makes it excellent for lighthouses, and it was used to build the Cassis lighthouse and the 60-meter high Marseilles lighthouse. You can still see ancient stone structures that were once used to load the tartins, sailing ships that transported the stone."
The lighthouse in Cassis is also made from Cassis stone from Port Miou.
As we walked the boardwalk to Port Miou, I imagined the boat to look like one of those that you see in the photo above.
French Husband stopped, stood proudly and said,
We didn't believe him.
But indeed it was.
This sail boat was given to French Husband.
And French Husband decided to share half of the ownership with Rene.
It sleeps six.
Rene and his wife have four little boys.
What a lovely surprise;
a gift just like that,
a sail boat.
I guess I better learn a thing of two about boating.