Toulon is located in the South of France. The South of France is also referred to as Provence, and looks as enticing as it sounds on paper. The downtown area is quite small, which was great because we got to visit the Old Town and still have time to visit the beach.

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The Cours Lafayette held the morning Provençal market and we walked up this main walkway before branching off to the more secluded, narrow streets filled with quaint squares and fountains.

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We toured the small town in a mini train, which was a lifesaver since it was ridiculously hot. It was also handy because we were able to sightsee the whole of the city and listen to interesting facts we wouldn’t otherwise have ever known.

We spent the better part of the afternoon on the beach soaking up the Mediterranean sun. I had my first official swim in the ocean all year and it was perfect. The beaches along the Mediterranean are vastly different from the ones at home, but they’re gorgeous in their own unique way. The water was crystal clear and it was a pleasure floating along with the knowledge that I was swimming just off the coast of France in summer!

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Our sail away from Toulon was witnessed from the buffet on the top floor of our cruise. It was the perfect view to complement our delicious dinner, I mean dinners!