Sarah Jones thoughts 2014.
i am constantly torn between ‘i dont need anyone’ and ‘hey you please fall in love with me’
sideofjupiter said: Look at you. Kim Kardashian'ng in the south of France! Lol 💚
Wow is all I have to say about this past weekend. Luckily, our director gave us another three-day weekend and my friends and I took adventage of this time to go visit the south of France. Probably one of the top ten best decisions of my life, without a doubt.
We had a 7:30 p.m. train out of Marne-La-Vallée on Thursday night that took us to Marseille. We arrived in Marseille around 10:30/11:00 p.m. so we decided to quickly grab some food and then get some shut eye. Marseile is a very populated city (the second most populated in France behind Paris) and has a huge port called Vieux-Port (Old Port) which our hostel was in walking distance to. Here is me, Caitlin, and Devon upon arrival in Marseille:
We woke up around 8 a.m. the next morning because we had a long day ahead of us! I found a place called Les Calanques online before we left for Marseille and it’s basically a National Park with a bunch of hiking trails that lead to coves on the Mediterranean. Needless to say, we wanted to avoid the crowded public beaches and try something a little bit more adventurous! So we had to take a bus to the middle of nowhere and then hike for another 1.5 hours each way (2.5 for us becuase we took a detour on the way to the calanque). We ended up going to the calanque called “Sugiton” which was absolutely beautiful. Here are some pictures of the hike and us swimming in the calanque!
^^ This was part of our detour but it was so worth the extra hiking
^^ Our view from the top of the mountain!
^^ Making our way down to the cove!
^^ The beautiful Sugiton Calanque
^^ I was in HEAVEN!
^^ I even went cliff jumping for the first time EVER! Super proud of myself because I’m afraid of heights and I never do stuff like that! I just closed my eyes and jumped and I’m so glad I did! :) P.S. - it looks a lot shorter than it actually is! Once you’re up there you see how high it really is!
So after a fun day of enjoying fun in the sun, we hiked our way back up the mountain and headed home. We then showered and went out to dinner! By then we were pretty exhausted and had a 6 a.m. wake-up call so we went back to the hostel Vertigo and hit the hay!
6 a.m. came quite quickly Saturday morning but we had to get up and head to the train station because we had a 7:30 a.m. train to Nice that day! I slept for the majority of the train ride, but Caitlin told me the view was beautiful. Two guys that we had met at the Calanques the day before and who were staying in our hostel happened to be in our car on the train. Super weird coincidence! Anyways, we got to Nice and went right to our hostel to check in at Chez Patrick. Our room wasn’t ready yet so dropped our bags off and headed right to the beach. We got there around 11:30 a.m. I love the rocky beaches in France because the sand doesn’t get in your eyes or in your pants, but it can be a little difficult to get comfortable laying on the rocks at first. We went between laying out and swimming until about 4:15 p.m. and the sun was still out and burning! Here’s a picture of the beach we were at!
Pie and I talked to this older gentleman who was there with his teenage children and he was telling us all about Nice and what food we needed to eat, and how we needed to go to Corsica and Monaco. That’s one thing that I liked about the south of France. Not that people aren’t friendly in Paris, because I’ve had a great experience here with people, but the people in the south of France were much more openly friendly kind of like in the United States. They tend to talk to strangers more often than in Paris which is super refreshing, only because that’s what we’re used to as Americans. They also didn’t seem to get as frustrated with us when we spoke French and they actually took the time to communicate with us in French, even though it takes us longer. Especially in Marseille I noticed that.
By 4:15 we were beat so we went back to the hostel, showered, and I took a little nap. By 7 p.m. we were meeting up with the other girls from JMU and we all went to dinner at this amazing restaurant about a block from the water. We just chatted and ate delicious seafood and enjoyed each other’s company. It was a great time. I’m so happy to be surrounded by people I enjoy spending time with and sharing memories with. After dinner we lingered around the boardwalk not wanting to go home.
^^ That’s me on the main street, Jean-Médecin where all the big stores were! The city of Nice is absolutely beautiful and is especially alive at nighttime!
We woke up at 8 a.m. for our 11 a.m. flight and had to say goodbye to a lovely weekend away with friends. It was sad to leave, but I know one day I’ll be back. Until next time south of France.