|Beach goers enjoy a warm October morning in La Ciotat|
|Does that sign say, "Swimming Prohibited"?|
|Colorful boats anchored in the harbor at La Ciotat|
Four hours later the same bells marked our return, as we thankfully chugged back into the harbor - this time there were twelve bongs! I say "thankfully" because we had spent the better part of those four hours bobbing around, somewhere in the totally fogged in Mediterranean with the Captain constantly sounding his horn, to make sure that other vessels knew we were out there, and not run into us! Adding to the sense of drama, in between sounding the horn, he was checking radio signals with a directional finder - picking up radio traffic in a variety of languages - Spanish ... North African varieties ... Italian etc.. etc...
|Looking across one of the piers towards the Port of La Ciotat|
Right around 1:00am, we arrived back at Le Camping, to find the gate locked for the night, so we parked the car and walked back to our rented Camper Trailer with our fish. We were all so tired, that we left the fish in its bucket on the table in the campsite and called it a night.
Around 9am, the boys woke up and ran out to check their fish. We heard them chuckling away and went to see what was happening - they told us that we'd caught a "cartoon fish". What's a "cartoon fish"? Why .. it's a fish skeleton - just like in the cartoons after the cats had feasted while we were asleep - and I can confidently say that, that night, the cat(s) in Ceyreste had the most expensive cat food in all of France!
|A "Cartoon Fish"|
|Actors playing the part of 1720's seafarers at the Festival|
|A colorful carousel with a nautical theme attracts children to the beach area|
|Market along the beach at a La Ciotat|
|Touring the beautiful Calanques is a very popular and relaxing|
|The Musee Ciotaden is just a cross the road from the Port|
|View from the Restaurant we went to for lunch - the weather was just turning and before long we had heavy drizzling|