Trip to (very) windy Cassis

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Cassis harbour from the shore

So I woke up this morning and it wasn't raining so I figured I'd head to Cassis. It's a small fishing village that really just caters to toursits and from what one of the guys said "there's a few boats that go fishing" and like 20 that bring tourists to les Calanques (which I found out today mean creeks). They're basically inlets running inshore with really high white rock surrounding them. When I went to go for a boat tour, the guy told me they were cancelled for the rest of the day but that they had to drop a guy with a kayak off at the first (closest) Calanque and said I could go for the ride with them. The reason the boats weren't running was because of the very high winds. I figured I might throw up overboard but that it would make a good story .

Cassis harbour from the boat
.. I asked the guy what "throw up overboard" was in French and he said to sit on the right side of the boat haha The calanque I saw wasn't the best one, but it was the easiest to get to so at least I saw one.

Once we got out of the harbour, the boat was a rockin'. I did good though (I think it's because of all my conditioning on roller coasters during the trip to Florida in the fall) and it ended up being more fun than nauseating. I got a little too ambitious and almost went flying to the back of the boat trying to get a picture (sacrificing the body for the sake of art) :) I have a good video showing how friggen rocky it was but I'm not sure I can post videos on here. The guy with the kayak is from Scotland and has the coolest accent.

After the boat ride, the dude on the boat kept asking me to go for a drink with him and I kept telling him I had other things to do haha He also offered me a discount on a 8 calanque tour tomorrow (I was trying to go on the cheaper 3 calanque tour).

View of le Calanque from the water
I think somehow I'll have something else to do tomorrow!!

In each of the cities I've been to so far, there has been a little white train touristique, which carries toursits around the town. I finally gave in and paid 5 euros for a ride, since my boat tour was cancelled. I ended up meeting a woman and her mom from San Francisco and they had heard of Davis (where my brother is working). The younger woman (in her late 50s) told me I have balls to be travelling around alone. Her mom said something similar minus the part about having balls. Now THAT would have been funny.

Cassis itself is really pretty as you can see in the pictures below. There's also a place nearby that you can drive to the top of that has a 1,200 feet drop off. It was going to be a 45 euro taxi trip so I took pictures from the water and enjoyed it that way haha.

On the boat, trying not to fall overboard
I also touched the  mediterranean for the first time. It was like the atlantic ocean but warmer. Not much warmer but bearable.

I got mistaken for a French person today too. There's a shuttle bus from the train station in Cassis to the port area and he said it was for people 30 and over (it seemed weird to me but whatever). Then this old guy on the bus asked me what language I speak and I said English (which by the way, everyone around here assumes you're from England). So because I wasn't a local, I could use the bus. The other day I was taking a train and you're supposed to validate your ticket. I didn't know what "composter" meant so I didn't do anything. The conductor said it's only for French people so I didn't get in trouble!

The other funny thing I heard today was on the train.

Le Train Touristique
This man said "C'est Aubagne?" and this woman responded "Non, c'est le pomme". I thought it was kind of funny that there's a train station called the apple, and it was even more funny in a French accent. Ok, maybe I need to speak to some English people for a while!! :)

Anywho I'm off to the French Riveria first thing tomorrow morning. YAY, more ocean! I'll be stopping off in Cannes and Antibes (weather permitting). It's supposed to rain tomorrow, but it was supposed to rain today and it didn't. Here's to hoping the train moves faster than the rain clouds!

PS - My daypack is covered in salt from my trip today and I love it! :)

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Cassis harbour from the shore
Cassis harbour from the shore
Cassis harbour from the boat
Cassis harbour from the boat
View of le Calanque from the water
View of le Calanque from the water
On the boat, trying not to fall ov…
On the boat, trying not to fall o…
Le Train Touristique
Le Train Touristique
MMMMM Nutella crepe
MMMMM Nutella crepe
Me and my friends from San Francis…
Me and my friends from San Franci…
The view of le Calanque from the t…
The view of le Calanque from the …
Trying not to blow into the water
Trying not to blow into the water
This was taken JUST before a wave …
This was taken JUST before a wave…
The toliet at the train station.…
The "toliet" at the train station…
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photo by: Joost1976