Bonjour again! First full day in Marseille was fantastic – it’s a beautiful city and I had a fantastic day wandering around.

Before I get into the gory details I wanted to mention, in case you haven’t seen it yet, the #SFBatKid story which is currently gripping the internet. If you haven’t seen it yet – check it out. Seriously heartwarming, and actually manages to renew my faith in humanity a bit!

When I first heard about it a few days ago I actually thought about ditching the rest of the trip and just grabbing a flight to San Francisco to participate, but unfortunately the cost and flight time was just a bit too nuts, so I couldn’t do it. But I think it would have been so cool to be there and actually be part of it. I’m sure the 10,000+ people there that day will never forget it.

So that’s the first dose of awesomeness for this post. Now let’s talk about my day! First of all, I slept in. It was pleasant. Last night I knew people were getting in at 4am, so I put on the sleep mask thing I got from a random flight sometime which makes me look like the largest nerd on the planet and stuffed in the ear plugs. This worked well. So I slept in a bit. Good start.

This particular hostel, while amazingly well located, only has a single toilet and a single shower for about… 30 people? So I couldn’t have a shower this morning which kind of sucked. But back to awesomeness. Woke up and stated to ponder my day. Spoke to a cool aussie and he suggested I check out one of the two islands near by, and since that sounded like such a brilliant idea, I did it. Grabbed a quick lunch on the corner before setting out to the ferry, which is about 30 steps away from the corner. 10 euro later, I set off for the lovely isle of Frioul.

There were two potential islands – the isle of “If” and Frioul. First of all the isle of If just sounded a little odd, and it was basically just a castle. A cool castle I’m sure, but I’ve seen lots of castles, and I liked the idea of Frioul better. I was told it had a lot of natural beauty to walk around and see, so I picked that. 30 min ferry ride got me there, and it was a lovely sight upon arrival.

Basically just these mountains left and right, all climbable, pretty quiet – not too many people. It was fantastic. The photos don’t quite do it justice, though I did get some amazing pictures. I spent three or four hours on the island, basically just wandering from mountain to mountain. It was perfect. Exactly the sort of thing I love doing – hiking around, right by the water, some beautiful scenery… ahhhhhh. Perfect day! It reminded me just a little bit of New Zealand. Not that the scenery was the same, but I don’t know it did for some reason. I loved it!

When I got back I decided to take one more hike and climbed up to “la Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde Marseille”. First can I just ask – who puts a church on such a huge hill?! I can’t imagine climbing up there in church clothes. I was sweating by the end of it. Geez. Anyway it was a beautiful hike just after sunset, unfortunately by the time I got there the basilica itself was closed, but I’ve seen enough churches – I was more interested in the view, and it was truly lovely.

And that was pretty much my day. Hung around the hostel a bit after, grabbed some meals in between, wandered around a bit more of the downtown here and there, but yeah that was it. Tomorrow I’ll head to a museum or two to enjoy a few more sights on my last day in Marseille, and then on Monday I’m off to the last leg of the journey – Paris for a few days. And as a side note, I got myself a first class train ticket back (it was an extra 7 euro, I figured I was worth it!), which I’m sure won’t make a huge difference on this 3 hour journey but altogether now – “ohhhh” “ahhhh”.

OK I think that’s all I have to tell you. I’m finally getting a bunch of pictures off my camera, so I may upload some tonight, we’ll see. I have a feeling I’ll just hold off until I get home and deal with it then, crappy upload speeds here and the last few places. Almost home time, enjoying what I’ve got left here. šŸ™‚ Later!