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September 2016
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Reason Number 2: the famous names in the path of the Hill

SANARY SUR MER, le chemin de la Colline. UNE BALADE À SANARY SUR MER septembre 2016 PLUMEVOYAGE @plumevoyagemagazine © Françoise Spiekermeier

Where to go to the village? The avenue de Verdun then catching the chemin des Collines running on the edge of the cliff. In this highly sought after residential area, the pre-war villas decrepit by the spray are revamped retro-futuristic residences. Others remain in their juice as the “gray Moulin” standing on the precipice: the former home of Alma Mahler and her third husband the poet Franz Werfel. At the time, we had pierced the windows around its perimeter, giving it the appearance of an observatory or a lighthouse, surely an ideal piece to write. Past the chapel of Mercy walls hung with votive offerings in stone or painted on canvas by fishermen saved from the wreck, we pass the “Baobab”, the home of Jacques Cousteau directly overlooking the bay of Sanary snatched seaward: Jean-Michel Cousteau’s son still lives and grows activities related to the underwater world in the United States.

Like the German exiles, Jacques-Yves Cousteau came to Sanary to hide from the Nazis in order to continue the development of its respiratory deepwater he created with Philippe Tailliez, and they testèrent first once in the neighboring commune of Bandol. When the biopic of Cousteau played by Lambert Wilson out to the movies, we are curious if this crucial episode in his life and the history of Diving was filmed in Sanary!

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