calanque in Marseille

Caelie, Brian, Rachel, David and I took a day trip to Marseille. I was excited to explore the south of France and get a chance to see the Mediterranean sea with a huge group of friends!

We started the day by hiking to the Calanque de Sugiton. We took a subway, then a bus, and then hiked for over an hour to get there, but it was so, so worth it. The directions of different trails were marked on trees, so it wasn’t too hard to find. The cove was incredible.

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The water was cold, but once we adjusted we swam around, careful not to slip on the rocks. Near the edges we saw little sea creatures, like anemones and sea urchins! A lot of other people were jumping off from the cliffs. It looked terrifying. Caelie and I climbed up and watched as others jumped off fearlessly, some even doing backflips into the water! I tried to be brave. Brian jumped from the highest point. Then Rachel jumped from a lower one. And Caelie jumped from the top twice! I stood at the edge for a very long time, trying to summon up the courage to take the plunge. I ended up jumping from the lower point, twice, in between panicked heartbeats. It was amazing. Scary, but I’m so glad I did it!

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The hike back was exhausting. Although it was mostly downhill, the sun had gotten even hotter, and we were super tired from swimming! We went back into the city and devoured lunch. I wanted to have seafood, so I had mussels! The fries that came with it were shaped like little boats.

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We explored the Vieux Port, and then headed to a chocolate store known for its specialty green chocolates – made with olive oil! They were one of two foods unique to Marseille I really wanted to try.

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The second was les navettes. They are small bread pastries shaped like boats, in reference to Marseille’s history. They were a little harder than expected, and very sweet! Yum!

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We walked aroud Le Panier, a cool area with fun art.

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Cours Julien was pretty too. We walked in on a fun festival where a band was playing classy dance music. So many couples started dancing. It was extremely elegant. We didn’t recognize the dance style, but there were lots of leg kicks and turns!

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We skipped the beach to hike up to Notre-Dame de la Garde. On the way there, we asked a group for directions and they ended up graciously driving us to the top! Thank goodness, because climbing up in the heat would have been terrible! The church was beautiful, as was the view. Just look at the water!

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We met back up with the rest of the group for dinner, refreshed and exhausted.

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