Wins and Losses in Marseille

Today’s day trip to Marseille was like the popular saying: “You win some, you lose some.” Let me walk you through the wins and losses that were experienced on this day…

WIN.
We were going to Marseille! Yes! I had been looking forward to our sea side visit all week. The sun was shining and we were in the car nice and early allowing optimal time for exploration, food and beaches…

LOSS.
Traffic jam! Big traffic jam! 2 hours of traffic jam! “Surely there’s a huge accident up ahead,” we all think, as multiple police cars intermittently whiz past. We finally made it to the cause of the hold up, looking around for signs of an accident. And then we see it. Flashing lights, but of another kind. Orange lights. Roadworks!?!  The huge delays were caused by 9 lanes merging into 1 for roadworks, during the middle of the day and the day before Iceland play Hungary in the Euro tournament. We couldn’t believe it! Luckily we were provided with entertainment as we giggled at the gentleman returning from their side road bathroom stops, frantically trying to find their cars.

Then finally – FREEDOM! We were off!

WIN.
We arrive in Marseille (only 2 hours later than originally planned). Special shout out to The Falcon for getting us there safely. There were some tough left hand drive situations and he nailed it!

LOSS.
I was desperate for the toilet! Stuck in the car for 3 hours and not having the luxury that men do with a public wee, I found myself in big trouble.

WIN.
Mum announces she has a ‘toilet finding app’ which totally saves the day. By the way – app drop! I absolutely recommend this one. One day it could just save your life!

LOSS.
Almost got pick-pocketed from my back pack. Sneaky young girls with their “hunting in pack” tactics. Two girls stopped in the doorway in front of Mum and I, leaving my back pack in prime position for the girl behind me to start unzipping.

Lucky for me I have ultimate senses and felt her immediately. Unlucky for her there was nothing but a bottle of water and sunscreen to steal.

Actually come to think of it, this should almost be under a WIN headline. Not only did I come out unscathed but it’s made me more aware of security for the future.

WIN.
Lunch. Full stop. It was delicious! Being by the sea we couldn’t go past the fish for our main. Top that off with coffee and desserts and I was in heaven. Not to mention the fun we had watching the Iceland football fans roll up their shorts and tees to soak in the sun to their pale skin.

LOSS.
Mum just announced it was going to be a 40 minute walk up a hill to visit our next destination – the Notre-Dame de la Garde.

WIN.
We found a car/train/truck thing that would take us on a scenic tour to the attraction.

ANOTHER WIN.
The cute French tour guide was hitting on me.

LOSS.
Mum and Dad were cramping my style.

WIN.
Stunning panoramic views of Marseille’s coast line. Not to mention the beauty that was Notre-Dame, with its magnificent golden statue of the Virgin Mary positioned high on top.

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ANOTHER WIN.
Mum and I found a ferris wheel. How could we say no? It’s tradition. Whenever I was little and we found a ferris wheel, Mum and I were on it!

Although I’ve gotta say, the ride was a lot scarier then we both remembered! Made even more frightening by the ride operator spinning our carriage around and around. But all in all it was a bit of good fun!
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AND ANOTHER WIN!
No traffic on the way home!

YET ANOTHER WIN!!
More cheese, wine and olives while we watch the sun set – an afternoon ritual from our holiday in Provence.

So yes, the day may have started a bit rocky but in the end Marseille sure did deliver, leaving us with that winning feeling!
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Lisa Jane.


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