The Toulon harbour is home to the French Mediterranean Fleet and in particular the French Navy’s aircraft carrier Charles De Gualle and her battle group.

There were more than twenty warships to be seen plus a couple of rust buckets waiting to be scrapped.

The cruise ships berths are on the other side of the harbour from the military areas, which means that passengers have to be shuttled by ferry to the town. It takes time to get people on and off the ferries, so it seemed odd that a new cruise ship terminal is about to be constructed across the harbour, away from Toulon itself.

Toulon has a pretty waterfront looking out at a massive selection of yachts of all shapes and sizes. There were numerous bars and restaurants and all were full, not only with QE guests, but French holidaymakers as well. Perhaps it was a Saints day?


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