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.

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