I was lucky enough to spend last week in the south of France with one of my oldest friends and her parents. I first met Laura when we were 5 or 6 years old at primary school, and we’ve been close friends ever since! We stayed in Marseille, the second largest city and largest port in France. It was a really interesting place to go, as it’s a lot more ‘French’ and less tourist-y than some other places I’ve been to in France.
Our hotel had a gorgeous pool, which Laz and I spent hours tanning by, and some of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in. (Not to mention, some pretty good looking staff members!)
I have to say, this holiday highlighted how absolutely awful I’ve become at French, even though I did it at GCSE. I think the only two words I muttered the whole holiday were ‘pardon’ and ‘merci’. Laura was so much better, and at one point asked where the toilets were so fluently to a woman at Tourist Information that we had to go and find someone else to ask, because we were too embarrassed to admit we had no idea what she’d replied!
Cassis – The Calanques
We took a boat trip from the port town of Cassis to see some Calanques, which are little inlet things all along the coast of the Mediterranean. They were absolutely beautiful! Laura and I sat at the front of the boat, which was a laugh as we got completely soaked by some of the waves.
Cassis – Plage de la Grande Mer
After our boat trip, we chilled on the Plage de la Grande Mer in Cassis, sunbathing and eating candy floss. We stayed in Cassis for dinner, followed by some delicious ice cream in the square.
Another day we went to the town of Arles, which is where Vincent van Gogh used to live. The art gallery we went to had some of his early drawings and prints, as well as some other exhibitions from Roni Horn and Tabaimo. We also visited the amphitheatre in Arles, and the Camargue marsh, where we saw wild flamingos, bulls and white horses.
That evening, we ate really good pizza from a roadside van on the Plage du Prado beach, with a gorgeous sunset to look at.
Marseille City Centre
During the week, we also explored the centre of Marseille. We visted places like the bontanical gardens, the Vieux-Port, Le Panier, Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde (which had stunning views over Marseille), the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Fort Saint-Jean.
I had such a fab week visiting some amazing places, eating some great food and generally having a great time! If you’re interesting in French culture, art and historical sites, I’d really recommend giving Marseille a visit. Plus, the weather is brilliant in the summer!
From a beauty blogger perspective, I have to add: salty sea + plaits = crazy beach curls!
A big thank you to Laz and her parents for inviting me along!
Panda Eyes xx