Marseille is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve always been fascinated by beach towns, and in love with the relaxed atmosphere. That’s why I love visiting my parents and going to Folly Beach. I visited France in the Fall, so I couldn’t swim, visit the summer shops, or wear shorts, but I did have a great beach experience. The coolest thing about being in Marseille was that my parents were there together when they were my age. My mom and dad both lived in Italy and France because they were both in the Navy. It was really cool to see some of their photos come to life.
I arrived in Marseille at night and it was pouring down rain. The train ride was really long and I was so tired. I did meet some pretty cool people in the lounge area that kept me up longer than I should have. They were from Montreal and played music around the world. We talked for several hours and then I had to call it a night.
I woke up around six because I only had 24 hours in Marseille. I wanted to go around and do some exploring.
I wanted to spend some time walking around the beach before heading to Notre Dame. It was pretty cold and I had to bundle up in a scarf and gloves.
I found a path along the shore and decided to walk that.
A lot of the restaurants were closed for the season, but I was hungry so I was on the hunt for one.
I found a cute little lunch spot on the water. Le Cabanon Terrasse.
The menu looked pretty good!
To start, I had a cafe au lait with my meal.
They added fresh sea salt to the drink to represent the sea. How cool is that?
For my meal, I ordered the Chèvre Chaud, and let me tell you, it was incredible. I thought the little circle things on the toast were mushrooms, so I almost didn’t eat them. I decided to be daring and have a bite. Turns out, it was sautéed goat cheese. This was one of the best dishes I’ve had all trip.
The goat cheese, the toast, the fresh vegetables, fried bacon, and the dressing was perfection! The only thing didn’t eat were the mushrooms.
After lunch, I continued my walk.
The further I went down, the more stores and shops there were.
I headed back to the hostel to get ready for a trip to Notre Dame with a group of travelers.
We spent several hours around the cathedral and the town. The inside of Notre Dame reminded me of a snake’s pattern. It was gorgeous.
After getting off the bus near the Hostel, I headed down to the beach to watch the sun go down on the water.
After hanging around the beach for a while, I got really cold and decided to go find a place to get an espresso and a treat.
I found a cute little place to get a slice of apple almond tart and a cup of espresso.
I brought my book and read a little while I warmed up. The apple tart was heavenly!
I grabbed a slice of pizza and a salad that had tomatoes, olive, basil, mozzarella cheese, and lettuce.
Marseille was amazing and I can’t wait to go back one day. I want to visit France in the summertime so I can enjoy the water!