France, Toulon Guide (B): Toulon, The Rough Diamond of the French Riviera

Toulon, The Rough Diamond of the French Riviera
Fresh basil, peaches, melons, figs, nectarines, tomatoes, lavender, thyme, olives… All these scents enter my nose as we walk through the colourful and authentic market of Cour Lafayette in the city centre of Toulon, along the Côte d’Azur in France.

Beyond these fantastic smells and the bright colours of locally-grown fresh vegetables and fruits, the friendliness of the locals is striking. Easily exchanging a few words about the RCT (the Rugby Club of Toulon where some of the best players in the world evolve), a joke or an anecdote, it feels like everyone knows each other on this lively market.

Garlic, an essential of the Mediterranean diet, Toulon

Zucchini flowers from the market, Toulon

Locally grown peppers from the market, Toulon

Locally grown tomatoes from the market, Toulon

At the next crossing, freshly brewed mint tea and wood fire overpower these smells, and I sit to taste a piece of cade, a local specialty imported by the Italian immigrants during the 19th century made of chickpea flour, olive oil and water.

This snack is quite filling, and this is precisely what the blue collars working on the shipyards of Toulon needed! Along with the militaries, they formed the main part of the population of Toulon, an important military harbour since Henri IV set its baseline in the late 16th century. The French navy was created a few years later by Richelieu (1639), minister of Louis XIII and established here, creating a whole economy around it. His ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Toulon, The Rough Diamond of the French Riviera
Guide Location: France » Toulon
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Cour Lafayette   The fountain of the 3 dolphins   Rue Paul Lendrin   square Victor Hugo   The Opera House  
Author: Marcella Van Alphen
Read it on author's website: https://bestregardsfromfar.com/2016/09/07/toulon-french-riviera-3/