Friday, October 5, 2012

A Look Around La Ciotat

I took a walking tour around La Ciotat a couple of days ago to get a feel for the town. As you'll see, it's quite a cute little area, right on the Mediterranean.

beach at sunrise
It is still warm enough to go to the beach. I went on Thursday. Well, it's pushing it to go for a swim (none of the locals are going in) but I went in with E., the British assistant. I guess since we're from colder climates, we're not so picky temperature-wise.

Here are a few pictures of La Ciotat:

Jardin de Ville
Cinema Lumière

La Ciotat is known as the "birthplace of cinema" because the Lumière brothers filmed here in the 1890s. The "original" cinema is downtown, and one of the very first films, Arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat (Arrival of a train in La Ciotat) was shown here. It was such a new and amazing technology that, according to legend, the audience thought the train was coming right at them (live) and jumped out of their seats. 


La Ciotat is also a resort town, and most of the downtown is either beach or harbor. There are rocky coves you can visit on a ferry, a little island off the coast (l'Ile Verte) and a hiking trail between La Ciotat and other towns, Cassis and Toulon, and Marseille. The area reminds me a bit of the Cinque Terre in Italy, which I visited in 2011.

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