Cavalière sur Mer – Cap Nègre – Le Lavandou

by Erica Berman

picture-6May 28-June 1, 2009: Cavalière-sur-Mer – Cap Nègre

We are not really hotel people (not much of a surprise given the nature of Haven in Paris), and neither of us can remember the last time we actually stayed in one. For the wedding of Alain’s best friend, we found ourselves in Cavalière-sur-Mer – Cap Nègre, a lovely crescent shaped beach overlooking les Iles Porquerolles.


Drawbacks included simple rooms in need of a bit of redecoration, slightly above average food, bleached towels and stiff sheets, but the lovely staff, Wi-Fi, and a fabulous unbeatable view of the beach and ocean made the 80€ a night worth every centime. For 4 nights we were lulled to sleep by waves on the same beach in Cap Nègre – le Lavandou where Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has her family summer home. In fact, we apparently just missed Nicolas Sarkozy on his evening jog (as it was a French holiday, he was in town with his wife) while we ourselves were on a jaunt along the bike trail and surrounding cliffs.  On site, there is an abundance of excellent walking and hiking trails through the hills and a long biking and jogging path on the old train tracks. Along the beach are a few restaurants and a sailboat and Hobie Cat rental outfit. Further down around the corner we even randomly stumbled upon a nude beach!


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Erica Berman

Erica Berman grew up in Lexington, Mass. After graduating from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism and an intensive summer at Middlebury College (Vermont), Erica went to Paris with hopes of submerging herself in French culture and perfecting her French -- and she stayed 20 years. Erica is the founder of the HiP Paris Blog and Haven In her former company. She now splits her time between Paris (Montmartre) and Maine (Midcoast). She recently started a non-profit growing organic produce for the food insecure in Maine called Veggies to Table. In her all-too-rare free time, Erica likes to travel off the beaten track, explore Paris and Maine, read, take photos, cook, kayak, hike and enjoy long Sunday brunches with her friends. View Erica Berman's Website

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