Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Took the metro from the Gare Saint Charles to Guy and Michele's place.
I was so thankful and grateful as Guy and Michele took time to fetch me from the metro station. Michele recognized me instantly!!! Well, being an Asian with unmistakably Asian look plus Michele did some homework... guess it's not difficult. Thanks again, Guy and Michele!!!
Back to Guy and Michele's place!!! Their house is at the top of the 3 storeys building and yes, it comes with a balcony overlooking to the sea as Marseille is next to the sea. A port and industrial city to be exact. Also the place where the head-butting Zidane came from.
My delicious French lunch. Yummy!!!!
And it's foie gras!!!!! The most wonderful thing is tat it was HOMEMADE!!!!!!!!!! I was so fortunate to taste Michele's home-made foie gras during my 1st meal with them and yes....I had been so lucky to taste many more delicious French cooking the few days after that. Oh....I'm blessed!!!! And thanks to Pierre too!!!!!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
To go to Aix en Provence, one has to first go to Marseille before proceeding to Aix. I took a train from Montpellier to Marseille, which I will be back after spending two days in Aix to meet up with Pierre's parents who's generous enough to have me with them at their house in Marseille before following them to their little cottage in Saint Jeans en Royans!!! I LOVE my time there and it's such a nice getaway to the French countryside.
The train from Montpellier to Marseille. Typical nice comfortable train. Forgot how much it was but it's definitely not cheap I think. Oh, the dogs get to travel too.
With nothing to do other than reading the ever-dependable Lonely Planet, I want to do other things. What better thing to do than doing some house-cleaning er....should be bag cleaning in this case I think. Throw the receipts etc...and found this receipt of my breakfast in McD. The interesting bits of this, well other than the expensive 7.40euro (about RM37) breakfast, is the Code WC at the bottom of the list. The restrooms in McD is not really free but if you have your meals or buy something, the code in the receipt enable you to use the facilities. Cool heh?
The train passed by Arles famously known as the place where Van Gogh painted lots of his work. I am not so sure whether the famous Starry Starry Night or the Sunflower was painted here but with the short time I have, I decided to skip it. Sorry Vincent!
Reached Marseille finally and above is the view of Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde from the Gare St Charles train station. More of the Basilique later...... Walk about 10mins to the bus stop to Aix en Provence.
Friday, September 26, 2008
I guess it's the library and art centre. Saw people practising dance and tonnes of books. But the library was closed.
The evening crowd started roaming the street..........
meeting up with friends and buddies......
having a sip of coffee before adjourning to some nice restaurant..........
I forgot which market was this. Either one of these; Place Richelme, Place des Precheurs or Place de Verdun but I think it's the latter.
If I remember well, it's Fontaine d'Eau Thermale
Waiting for my bus back to the Youth Hostel. The station is on the right of the pic above.