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Marseille.

28 June 2018

Bonjour mes amies!

I'm back with another travel post, my second one this year, can you believe it? This time I'm coming at you from France, could you tell by my impressive attempt at witting some of this post in French? Sade and I were fortunate enough to spend 4 days and 3 nights in the beautiful city that is Marseille and honestly, if someone offered me the opportunity to pack my bags and live there after graduating? I would say 'oui, oui, oui!'.


We stayed in Vauban, not because we knew much about the neighborhood but because we booked our Airbnb last minute and were on a budget. Our hosts Bruno and Isabelle were the sweetest, very quick to help and friendly. Our studio had the most amazing view of the Notre Dame de la garre, so if you are looking for somewhere to stay whilst in Marseille I would definitely recommend here.


As for the neighborhood, super easy to get around, safe and full of the most amazing people you can ever meet. Whilst there, Sade and I managed to find ourselves a french dad! What started out with me buying lemons to take some 'aesthetically pleasing' pictures for the gram turned into a friendship. Rasheed and Khaled were amazing to us during our trip, we'd stop by in the morning and when coming and going pass to check in with them and they would gift us with free fruit. Our french dad even left the fruit shop and took us for breakfast, how sweet? 

There are lots of places to eat that are within walking distance and also there is a SPAR if you want to pick things up to snack on, or if you want to stay in some days and eat at home then you can pick things up also.


Now I'm going to be honest, Marseille isn't for the unfit (me), the lazy (me) and people who do not like walking long distances (me). The amount of uphill walking we did, almost killed me, my thighs went through it this trip! To add to that our Airbnb lift was broken so we had to walk up and down maybe nine flights of stairs.

But you are rewarded with beautiful sights and memories. If you do decide to visit do take the time to wander around your neighborhood, we would wake up, pick an outfit then wander around and within minutes we found several places to take outfit pictures, literally. Marseille is definitely the perfect holiday for capturing content. 



Places to visit whilst there? That's easy:

1. Notre Dame de la garde -  Let me just start of by saying if you make it up all the way up there without stopping, good on you because Sade and I had to stop a couple times to catch our breath. But the view you are greeted with when you finally make it up is beyond anything I could describe. The church itself was stunning on the inside. You are met with absolute silence and the chance to take a moment to say a prayer or two.There is also a gift shop once you make it to the top, which is where I picked up my key chain (I've made it a thing to pick one up whenever I visit a new place).



2. Vieux Port - Like seafood, boats and day drinking? Then this is the place for you. We spent quiet a bit of time in Vieux Port during our trip. Scattered around you can find amazing lunch deals where you can get three meals for 20 euros or even less! Although by the end of our trip I hated the smell and taste of seafood. You can catch boats to take you to the calanques or different parts of Marseille, unforutnately the day we planned to do this it was windy and rainy so the boats weren't taking any trips out.This is also the place you want to come if you plan to shop; sephora, kiko, H&M, it has it all. There are also hundreds of shops for tourists where you can pick things that are all Marseille for example Savon de Marseille which is their traditional hard soap, postcards and much more.



3. Les Succulents - Sade and I being the bloggers we are, searched up places to visit and we stumbled upon this cute coffee shop which wasn't far from where we were staying and it was the cutest place ever! If you know me you know I love a succulent, or two or three. It was empty when we got there so I felt no shame when I was snapping everything and anything.

4. Le Panier - Our main reason for visiting Le Panier was because of all the pictures we had saved on instagram of Bazar Du Panier but boy, Le Panier had so much beauty to it! If you are a lover of art and street art then this is the area for you. Street after street of potted plants, cactus and art.


One great thing I would recommend when travelling is getting a cash passport from your local eurochange! It made going out easier as I didn't have to worry about carrying cash since I had it all on my card. I sometimes get stressed out carrying money because I'm slow with figuring out change, the cash passport allowed me to pay for our dinner with ease, it's pretty much a debit card that you can use abroad, just top it whenever or wherever you want!

If you need anymore convincing on why you should visit Marseille, here's my vlog of our time here:

until the next post,
with love yossy,
2 comments on "Marseille."
  1. I've never considered Marseille for a trip, but it looks so lovely. You've captured so many beautiful shots, glad you had a wonderful time with your sister xx Naomi
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  2. Ugh, this makes me want to visit France sooner than later! Vieux Port sounds like my place to be - seafood and shopping?! Count me in.

    Thanks for sharing your adventures in Marseille - I'd definitely need to visit soon!

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