Arles to Marseille
Marseille Travel Blog› entry 8 of 86 › view all entries
So I had big plans today. I was going to take a train to Nimes and then a bus to Pont du Gard (google it, it's pretty cool looking). Apparently I didn't notify the French trains and buses with enough notice, for them to readjust their schedules so my timing would work out...
I met a couple from Calgary at my hotel that had been to the Pont du Gard the day before and said they would have brought me in their rental car had we met the day before... ah well. Maybe next time!
I didn't have much else to see in Arles except to visit the Wednesday morning fruit market. I bought a couple bananas and then went to a Monoprix (a department store with a grocery store).
Anywho, I hopped on a train to Marseille. Coming into the city it reminded me alot of the bronx, and as we were starting to slow down I kept thinking "come on train, keep going, I don't want to be let off here". Once we did come to a stop it wasn't too bad. Finding the hostel was a bit tricky, especially since I misread the directions. I went in a book store for help and one of the women working there walked me to the street I needed.
Once I dropped off my bags, I went for a hike to the top of a hill to see an old church / castle. I probably could have taken a bus, but I figured that by the time I found one, I could be at the top. Little did I know it was 500m above sea level (with me starting at the harbour). Needless to say it was quite the hike. The view from the top was worth it though. It was my first look at the Mediterranean. There's an island not far off shore that is the castle/prison/ building (not sure which) that the Count of Monte Cristo was set in. I obviously haven't read the book so I didn't go on a boat ride out to see it. It did look neat from on top of the hill though! Unfortunately I can't post my pictures yet since the computer I'm on is so old it doesn't recognize my camera haha
After leaving the castle thing, I tried to walk down to the water because a guy I met at the hostel said there was a beach somewhere down there.
After a long day of walking around, not seeing much and wanting to sleep, I came back to the hostel and did just that. I met a bunch of people, a guy from St. Louis, a guy from the U.S. that just moved here from South America and two guys from the U.K. I met my roommate as well. She's from Japan and doesn't speak much English, so I haven't spoken with her too much. Luc where are you when I need you!! :)
So not too much happened today. I love the hostel but the city itself is just big (2nd biggest in France), noisy and a bit sketchy. I'm either going to head to a small fishing village called Cassis and go on a boat ride or to Aix-En-Provence, a univerisity city.
Things I learned today:
1. Crosswalks are merely a suggestion
2. Jaywalking is definitely not illegal in France (from what I hear, a car has to miss you by more than 1/2 metre, so you're supposed to keep walking at the same speed and not stop so they can time it and not hit you as you're crossing the street)
3. Look both ways and keep looking up and down the street while crossing because little scooters come out of nowhere!!
4. Stop asking what is in the food I'm ordering since I don't understand what they're telling me it is anyway
5. The train station ticket selling people will sell you a ticket for a train even though you literally have to run through the station to make it on time.
Until Next Time!