Indagare's Customer Experience Manager Marley Blandori previously lived in Le Beausset, a small village on the Côte d’Azur, and was just married in Cassis. Read on for her recommendations in the region.
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How long have you lived in or been visiting the South of France?
I’ve been visiting the South of France since I was born. I spent the first 13 years of my life splitting my time between the South of France and Northern California, because my dad is in the wine business. We lived in Le Beausset, a small village on the Côte d’Azur, about an hour east of Marseille. I attended a French-American school in Berkeley, and my teachers were delighted by the opportunity for me to be immersed in French culture and language six months out of every year, but by the time that high school started, it was no longer possible to split up the school year in the same way, so my family spent our summers in Provence and the rest of the year in California. I’ve now been living in New York for more than 10 years, but I still make it back to the South of France at least once a year, and I just got married there, in the town of Cassis.
How would you describe yourself professionally?
I am thrilled to be part of the Indagare Bookings Team as our Customer Experience Manager. I joined the company more than five years ago and started my career here designing trips for our members — everything from safaris in Tanzania to mother-daughter trips to Morocco and, of course, road trips through the South of France. I have been lucky to scout some incredible destinations on behalf of the company, with my most memorable trip to date being a ten-day odyssey throughout Northern India. In the last year and a half, I moved into a managerial role, where I am no longer directly involved in trip planning process and instead focus on the on-boarding and development of our newest hires within the Bookings department.
What is your favorite aspect of spending time in the South of France?
For me, it’s all about spending time outdoors and with family when I am in Le Beausset. I love playing tennis surrounded by vineyards, picking green beans and zucchini in my family’s vegetable garden, reading novels by the pool and sipping nightly apéritifs on the terrace with my loved ones.
Do you have a favorite activity or neighborhood that you suggest to visitors?
Getting out on a boat for the day to explore the beautiful calanques to the west of Cassis is a must. These stunning limestone cliffs are home to one gorgeous natural cove after the other. Some of these coves are completely unspoiled, with some of the most stunning scenery Europe has to offer, while others are home to tiny seasonal villages only accessible by boat. Even in the height of summer, the water is always refreshing and the most beautiful cerulean blue — the best for swimming!
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