Ahh, with such pristine natural beauty, how difficult can the hike possibly be? It's just a walk down... and up... a mountain.
So, it was pretty difficult.
But extremely rewarding!
Amazingly clear ice blue water running through chalk-colored rocks among lush, vibrant greens. Truly spectacular.
We hiked for about 1.5-2 hours down, past a trillion 'danger' signs.
Here is Alex approximately 15 minutes into the hike -- hence the grin.
Grin likely vanished now.
After a rough couple hours, we made it to the base of the mountain and the gushing river Styx.
And, as per usual, immediately jumped in.
Of course, we came prepared with a picnic, to refuel. Meat, cheese, baguette, chocolate, and booze.
After a few more swims, we packed up and started our ascent back up the mountain.
We made it to the top. A million props to Alex for completing an exceptionally technically difficult -- and long -- hike just a few weeks after regaining the ability to walk. My man's got some grit.
Another day, another outdoors adventure: we decided to rent kayaks to explore Les Calanques. Our starting point was the very charming town of Cassis.
As two very strong-headed people, Alex and I expected a full day on a two-person kayak to be sprinkled liberally with in-fighting. Which happened. But we also had a lot of fun! And remained married at the end of the day, so it's all good.
The coast is lined with a bunch of coves, and within the coves are tiny little beaches. So you can rent a kayak and kayak in to each of the coves as we did, or you can hike from beach to beach (not an option for us, as we didn't want to test Alex's newly working foot too much).
The beaches were... extremely, extremely crowded.
No wonder. The water was spectacular.
And the scenery was, naturally, astonishing.
Naturally, all that physical exercise required a lot of refueling. We found just the place: a restaurant serving plates of seafood pasta the size of a Jeep.
Just how I like my bowl of pasta: twice the size of a two-person pizza. France for the win.