James and Ellie Discover life outside Suffolk
Allo Allo! Listen Closely I will say this only once... 01/08/06 Day 14 Marseille Well here we are at our half way point. I cant believe its gone so fast. Its our first full day in Marseille. We had a very late start. I had a good nights sleep but i kept j awake a bit by taking up most of the bed. Once we were up and showered we swapped rooms from a double to a twin. Then we headed to the train station to book tickets to Toulon (not that we needed to). On the way back in the metro we thought we could smell something funky and there was alot of smoke. We thougt it was a weird cigarette. Turns out a train was on fire right opposite us! Everyone was laughing, they just put us on a train and we left. So after that we went to the beach. Was very hot and with only 2 of us there one has to stay with the bags so its not much fun. We left about 4.30 and got the bus back to the centre to pick up food. We are in a great location, right in the centre of marseille. The internet, shopping mall, tourism office (at which we are regulars), the opera + a cool sarnie shop are on our doorstep. We have definatly been lucky with out accomodation. As an aside we seemed popular with the local boys on the bus. They started with "David Beckham = Anglais!". After that it developed into "Lebanon" and them mimicking the firing of a machine gun and the same with "Iraq". I'm not sure i want to the thought of that way. Should England be known for David Beckham and invading countries? I guess thats all we do... Tis sad. After that they were babbling amongst themselves (clearly about us) but they stopped to listen whenever we spoke. They did ask us whether we prefered England or France and thought we were hilarious for saying England. Clearly we were very funny to them. 02/08/06 Day 15 Marseille After a good nights sleep and a late start we headed for the tourist office for a city pass. Sadly it was too windy to go out to the Chateau D'If (featured in the film 'The Count Of Monte Cristo') So we didn't bother with the city pass. We picked up cash from the ATM and then went to the roman museum. It was 1 Euro each and was very interesting. Then we headed to my choice - we went to a place where there were collections of ancient greek + roman artifacts which was brilliant. We saw mummies and jewellery etc. Marseille has taken over as our favourite place, but only just over Bilbao. Its a shame we counldn't go to the Chateau but C'est La Vie! 03/08/06 Day 16 Marseille - (Toulon) - Grimaud We left Marseille at 11am this morning for the hour's train journey to Toulon. From there we were picked up by my Auntie Gill and we had a further hour's journey to their house in Grimaud (not far from St Tropez). When we got here we had a short rest before heading to a friend's house for a glass of rose :) We returned home late afternoon and had a small snack of tomato, mozarella with fresh basil and french bread. Tonight we are heading out for a pub meal with the friends from earlier today. They seem like a cool lot and most speak English so we can interact. Its great seeing family and its a good break from staying in hostels with supermarket meals. I think the next 3 days will be pretty cool all round. 04/08/06 Day 17 Grimaud Today we got up and dressed and left on bikes to the port of Grimaud. We wondered around and went up the church tower where there were spectacular views into the mountains and across to St Tropez. After that we got a little train thing to the village of Grimaud in the mountains. We stayed there for a couple of hours and had a wonder and a spot of lunch (very gentille). From there we headed back on the train to the port and cycled back home for a rest. It has been a relaxing but enjoyable day - much needed after last night where the four men drank 9 bottles of wine (women drank 1). It was a fairly raucous but thouroughly enjoyable meal.