Marseille Travel Blog› entry 3 of 8 › view all entries
August 18th, 2001 – by: travelgeek9
It was time to venture out into the bigger city. We loved the small town and the sidewalk cafes, but were ready for the limelight, afterall we were both living in San Francisco at the time. We actually just wanted to get a feel for the drive from Aix to Marseille; and hopefully figure out the confusing street system we had in front of us on the map.
We drove down to Marseille in a very short time and to be honest, we thought it would take longer than it did. I would say 30-45 minutes is all it took. We found a public parking area and dropped off the car. As veteran travelers we knew the best way to get a feel for the streets is with your feet! First things first was some food at a small cafe and a bottle of wine of course! Then we set off with no particular agenda; this is a common theme for us on this trip.
After some food we spent the rest of the day following the crowds and signs to where ever they took us. We would see something that sparked our interest, stop and take some pictures, do some shopping, or just browse. I had actually lost my sunglasses the night before in a drunken blur so I was set on finding a new pair. We found a Ray Ban store and picked up a pair and were on our way again. Interesting side note, those glasses are the most expensive sunglasses I have ever purchased @ $120; seven years later and I still have them. The only pair I have ever had for more than 6 months.
We eventually got tired from all the walking and oohing and awing and decided to head back to Aix-en-Provence for a shower and dinner with our new friends from the Hotel. Another mission completed, yet there was no set schedule once again. I love when traveling just works itself out like this.
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