Monday, 31 July 2017

Marseille (May2017) - Day 5 & 6: Beach, Desserts and Raclette

Day 5 - Wednesday 17th May

Day 5 consisted of eating breakfast at Mrs Travels friend's place where we had homemade breakfast of pancakes and muffins... Felt so privileged to go and eat in someone's home for homemade food!! So happpppy!! 
Mrs Travels chatted about in French to her friend, so I sat eating and watching Missy A draw... It's a half day in school for most French kids. (Their homework is more complicated than the British!).

Mini chocolate muffin was amazing! Tasted like it was from a shop, but no not at all!! ^_^

We headed to the local beach for a few minutes, and Mrs Travels said I should write this... Defo for the folks at work and home to see... I'm not always in the office!!! :p

These sandals made it to the bin on my last day... Heheheh, I bought new ones when I got back to the UK.

This is the view from Mrs Travels' friend's home. Amazing! Top floor too!!

We had spaghetti bolognaise that afternoon. ^_^

That evening we took Missy I to one of her gym/dance classes. Missy S had an hour to spare before her gym class, so we headed to the beach... it was hot! And I've realised I don't like stony beaches that much... They huuuurt your feet!! But I did have a great massage from them I guess.

Day 6 - Thursday 18th May

What the beach again? We headed out to this one which is by the market near the girl's school... We went looking for seashells which follow a legend... they are the shiva eye seashells which "symbolizes the creation, preservation and destruction of all from the flow of life".

It was a nice cool day, and we were at the bakery quite early... got to glimpse at all these pretty cakes!! Awwwwww, I love French cakes!!

The girls and I got to try these out. Yuuuuuumy!!

Well, well, well, what was for dinner? Raclette time! I think I had loads of potatoes and cheese... At one point I had thought we ran out of cheese. What no more cheese? Of course not, Mr and Mrs Travels really think ahead. ^_^

Mr Travels coaxed Mrs Travels and I to watch a scary movie, so we ended up watching Wolf Creek, which wasn't entirely scary, just gross. Am I getting immune to very mild scary movies, maybe! Mr Travels also made me some sweet version of cous cous... hmmm, how comes he served me a lot? I don't eat THAT much. :p Think I prefer savoury cous cous. 

Our evening almost ended up being a good one but Missy I was apparently awake listening in on us, and got into trouble because of that.... Oh dear. 

End of Day 5 and 6.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Marseille (May2017) - Day 4: Return to Aix en Provence

Day 4- Tuesday 16th May

Last year when I went to Aix (pronounced X) I was a bit disappointed as it too me a long time to get there but had no chance to view the market. 

This year was a little different. Mr Travels happened to be heading towards Aix on this day for a training session, so I jumped at the opportunity to go... Going by car takes a shorter time, and a far better way to travel there! 

We went via the motorway, so there was a lot of traffic that morning. 
Mr Travels had to drop me off at the bus stop, and he asked an old lady if the buses at this bus stop was heading towards Aix. Yep, those buses were heading towards Aix. I think I took the bus 20, and I forgot how much it was for a single fare.

With a jolt on the bus, and we were off... I always seem to lose my grip on public transport, I stumble when I don't have a good grip on the bars. ¬_¬""

I kept looking outside the window just in case I might miss my stop, but I saw a market ahead, and made my way out of the bus. Waved at the driver to say thanks. ^_^

Started to walk around, and it just felt like I was there the day before, I actually remembered the roads and the routes to some of the places in the back streets. LOL! What a good memory I have... but maybe it's because I got lost a few times around the area.

Well the market seemed more for tourists than for the local peeps. Tried to buy some materials for Miss Vegan, but they were driving a hard bargain, so I bought some plain stuff... There were some secondhand stalls, but most of the stuff was expensive... or a reasonable price. It's not like the market that I went to Marseille City last year - now that was fun!

Well walked around for a few hours trying to find something to explore... I think Miss Pinky would have stopped here if she had the chance... ^_^

It was time for luuuuuunch!! I couldn't decide, but went for a "Quick" lunch. LOL!! I spoke in Anglais, because my French is just to crap these days.

I sat outside in the hot sun, so I had my apple crumble dessert first... Yum yum!!

Then onto the burger which had some French mustard, fresh salad and a medium rare beef burger... Oooh, nice! You don't get medium rare burgers cooked liked this in fast food restaurants. 

Time to walk around again, but I got bored, so I went to the train station and bought my ticket to go back to Port de Bouc... tried to use the electronic machines, but realised I need one of those travelling cards, so I managed to find the ticket office... Gosh the French guy at the desk looked a bit unpleasant, but I managed to throw off a positive attitude... ^_^

Had to get a late train to Marseille City, so I walked back out to the centre of Aix, trying to get tanned but it was just too hot for me! Then I went back to the station and sat there doodling. ^_^

It was just after 3 pm when I got to Marseille... Mrs Travels had asked me to buy some stuff, so I walked fast to a tourist shop before my next train came, bought her stuff and some sovenirs..., then it was straight back to the train station to find a loo!

I'm sure that's an Invader piece.... Have I seen this before?

My dreaded stairs... who built this station?!!

Managed to get back in time. Mr Travels' mother came to visit, and she had dropped off a lot of food! ^_^ She knows I like her food!! It was couscous and stew that night.

The day was fun even though I didn't buy or do much. Good small trip going back and forth!

End of Day 4.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Marseille (May 2017) - Day 2 & 3: Eat, Eat and Eat

I didn't do much on Days 2 and 3 in portable Bouc.... (I'm sure I've published this... but somehow it's reverted back to the draft version!!

Day 2 - Sunday 14th May

Didn't do much on Day 2. Went out shopping in the local market, and just fascinated with round courgettes and very small melons. The larger ones must be the ones they sell off to the rest of the EU!

Not much was going on this day... ended up drawing this... Scary manga!

Bought Mrs Travels some roast duck seasoning, but she used it on this leg of lamb... Wow... It tasted like roast duck! Amazing!!

Day 3 - Monday 15th May

Day 3 was again a lazy day... And Mrs Travels made a lot of pizza!! Loads!!

End of Days 2 & 3.