Friday, November 6th
Early mornings, just awesome. Keeps you productive, but in my case: I wasn’t that productive, because I hadn’t had breakfast yet. And I’m not a very Nice person when I don’t get to eat in time. Okay I stayed at a hotel, where you have like this breakfast buffet. But oh my word, it’s expensive (10,-/day) and it’s not that you say: “Yeah I would enjoy eating that!”
So I HAD to go out to get breakfast. As I was walking my way through the neighbourhood I realised how poor the city is in Some ways. It was a big industrial city and now the docks are the main job offering body. The people are – how to say this without offending ..- very working class. People at the docks tend to be more agressive in their way of dealing with things. They speak loud and shout a lot. Nothing bad or Anything, it is just completely different to other french cities I’ve been to. But I’m drifting away haha. I went to this little bakery and it was just so typical french and Marseille: loads of sweet buns and cakes, run by Algerian immigrants. This couldn’t go wrong and I bought a baguette kebab with Tomato, lettuce, onion and pickles. Yes in the morning!
As you know I was visiting my sister, but the Fridaymorning she had class. So I decided to go to the St. Victor Abbey, something I was really looking forward to. I don’t know why I have such interest in churches and abbies, but I really like them. It was quite a hike, especially when I don’t have a clue about the directions. Marseille is that type of city that hasn’t really got a renaissance kind of beauty. In fact it’s really ugly at times. I experienced that firsthand when I was trying to figure out the route to the abbey. When I got there I was really excited, but not for too long. Perhaps my luck had ran out, but the abbey wasn’t open; they were renovating… I was rather sad because I had been really looking forward to it, but there is nothing I could do about it though.However my sister turned up in a an hour or so and then my sadness was gone. We had some lunch at a bagel and sandwich and that was just delicious! I will make another post about that bagel&sandwich place, so you can read my review of the place. But I absolutely loved it!
After lunch we decided we should go up to Notre Dame de le Garde. Yeah I say up, because it’s all up the hill as you can see on the photo’s. My sisters and my parents (they were there a few weeks earlier) said ?I HAD to visit it. The view was absolutely astonishing they said. Well normally I don’t like it when people say that I have to do this or see that, because I want to do my own thing. But at least I could give it a try, couldn’t I?
But when we arrived at the stairs up to the Church upon the hill, it had a Majestic feel about it. It felt pure and peaceful. The weather was rather foggy so the atmosphere around it, just made it different from when it was sunnier I suppose. When we got to the top there was a sense of completion, a feeling of peace. I Always get good vibes from hiking, but this hike added an extra dimension to ‘just’ hiking. Unfortunately it was very foggy, so we couldn’t see that much of the view , but here are some pictures: