My Trip to Marseille
How did I get here? I opened the Skyscanner app, tapped "Explore Everywhere" and looked at one-ways out of London, Stansted. There was a deal for Marseille, France for about 15 pounds... done. Decision made. After adding some additional upgrades since I was leaving super early in the morning, I paid a whopping $36 USD.
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Where/how did I work? Working in France was a lot more of a challenge in comparison to the US, Canada, and even the UK. Cafes are everywhere, but not all have wifi. And when you do find wifi, it's pretty slow. I explored two Starbucks in the area and surprisingly...the wifi was pretty awful! In the US, Starbucks always has consistent fast wifi. I would work in multiple different spots throughout the day. Then, the last two days, I found a good coworking space about 2 blocks from the hotel I was staying in called "Cowork'in". The office didn't speak much English, but we figured it out! I spent two days there at 30 Euros/day with fast wifi and a badass coffee machine.
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Where did I stay? For the first couple of days, I stayed at the Vertigo hostel. The location was quite convenient and price-wise, it was in my budget at about $18/ night. I met two people from Washington state and grabbed a drink with them one night—this is one of the reasons I love hostels. It's so easy to meet people! This hostel wasn't all that great, but certainly not bad... just average. I spent the remaining three days at the Hermes hotel located right there at the port. The French woman at the front desk was super sweet & welcoming. The rooms were small, cozy, but very nice, clean and beautifully designed. For a hotel in that location, the price was pretty good, but definitely outside of my normal budget (I treated myself). I spent about $250 for three nights.
What did I eat? You mean other than epic baguettes & croissants? I met someone at the coworking space and she recommended a restaurant called Bistrot L'Horloge. So, Friday night, I treated myself to a honey soy glazed pork chop, two glasses of wine, and that spectacular dessert you see below. Oh, and I did have a Nutella crepe before I left ;)
Best part? The most epic experience I had was what I wrote about in the previous post... renting a electric bike and riding down the coast of Marseille... it was absolutely incredible. Something I'd love for everyone and their mother to experience. It was the most "free" I've ever felt in my life, I had not a care in the world.
The girl I met at the coworking space invited me out for happy hour after work where we worked on speaking each other's language. It was a fun experience because she hardly spoke English, and I hardly spoke French so we were using the little bit of each others language we knew to try and communicate... Google translate was also of some assistance :D
Would I go back/recommend? Yes. Make sure to spend some time in the Le Panier neighborhood. Then, rent an electric bike and ride down the coast towards the National Park. You will not regret it.