Every year a harbor village in Provence puts on a very special holiday illumination show. Sanary-sur-Mer is a charming fishing town with a fantastic daily fish market. In December, the boats along its harbor - classic fishing boats and wooden yachts from the 1920's - are all trimmed with dazzling lights.
The pier is transformed into a place of wonder, the lights glistening and dancing in the water and sky. Children wear their marvel on their faces as they stroll along and the golden lights reflect back in their shining eyes.
It is a magical performance and worth a visit, if ever in Provence during the holiday period. Admire the light show and stay for a meal on the harbor. Make a dinner reservation at the Restaurant Le Provençal in Sanary-sur-Mer for classic fish soup and sea dishes that are cooked in traditional local fashion.