Ursula and I had a comfortable amount of time remaining before we were due back to Vision of the Seas for our next destination. So, we got in line at the ferry pier in La Seyne-sur-Mer and waited to take the ferry across the harbor into Toulon. By about 1:00 p.m. we were there.
The walk along Cronstadt Quay is rather enjoyable, with many bars, cafés, and restaurants to entice you along the way. There’s also this statue, Le Génie de la navigation (The Genius of Navigation) erected in 1847:
Before heading into town, let me show you some scenes along the quay:
Time now to head north into Toulon, starting at Pl. Louis Blanc (not to be confused with Monday’s Cours Louis Blanc in La Seyne-sur-Mer):
We continued up to Place de la Cathédrale and hooked a left to find… surprise… Toulon Cathedral!
Construction of Toulon Cathedral began in 1096, but the church belltower was not completed until 1740.
Unfortunately, the street here is narrow so it’s hard to capture this structure in all its glory. But if you continue west and turn around, you’ll find this view:
In short order Place de la Cathédrale becomes Rue Emile Zola, which we continued on until we decided to head back to the quay for late lunch at a promising looking pizza establishment (more on that in this week’s Fun Food Friday). So, we turned back to the south on Rue d’Alger. This is a view of a café on the side street Place Gustave Lambert:
Now let’s head back to the quay for some lunch, with these views along the way:
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