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After our big day out yesterday, it was a quiet day at L’Etoile du Sud, despite having a birthday boy in the house. After a leisurely breakfast, we walked to the village for coffee and a birthday treat from the boulangerie. We wanted to see the market in full swing, as last week we were somewhat early! It was quite a contrast later in the morning – very well patronised and colourful.

After walking back up to the villa, I managed to cobble together a birthday cake for Phil, and baked it in a casserole dish … . After a simple lunch under the mulberry arbour, it was time to chill by the pool for the rest of the day – hottest day yet reaching 29 degrees. We devoured the cake in a poolside afternoon tea and lazed around until it was time to get ready for our dinner in Fayence.

When we arrived at Restaurant Le France, they had no booking recorded for us, but they were able to seat us. The Terrace looked inviting but was fully booked,  so we were seated inside – fine by us since the interior was quirky and interesting, with the feel of a gentlemen’s club about it.

As for the food? Excellent! Again we were served amuse-bouche prior to the meal as has been our experience in the more classy places we have eaten. We decided the reason our booking had not been recorded was possibly due to Mr P’s classic rendition of ‘Allo ‘Allo Franglais – it was pretty funny listening to him book the restaurant in the phone….

Now we are winding down and gearing up for our move to Nice on Monday – who knows what our last day here will bring?