Our first stop (not counting the awful breakfast on the autoroute) was for lunch at Chez Thomé at Le Tholonet, just outside of Aix-en-Provence. Chez Thomé was at Le Tholonet when MFK Fisher lived there with her daughters in the 1950's. It was there about 12 years ago when we first visited and had lunch there and it's still there today.
The whole family is welcome at Chez Thomé and my grilled daurade with fennel was fresh and excellent.
After lunch we continued our drive to the coast and Bandol.
We checked into our hotel facing the municipal beach, right across from the Casino. Since no dogs are allowed on the sand part of the beach, we set up on the grassy part, under the trees, and enjoyed the shade, only venturing out for a dip in the Mediterrenean.