Take Twelve Trips April 2018 – Marseille Highlight

Traveling is not something you’re good at, it’s something you do, like breathing – Gayle Foreman. The Take Twelve Trips April 2018 edition is me sharing something I did which is as easy as breathing. Often people tell me I travel too much, well Gayle’s quote says otherwise. I am very fortunate to be able to travel as often as I do, it is a privilege.

For those new to A July Dreamer, welcome to the Take Twelve Trips travel challenge for 2018. This challenge is all about exploring new places; home or abroad one weekend a month. Often times I end up doing 2 or trips a month but it is a rare occurrence. This challenge doesn’t ask a participant to travel abroad, it requires you to visit a ‘new’ place to YOU. Recently I was in Marseille for an extended weekend and can not recommend it enough. This trip was definitely a learning curve for me as I was in charge of someone else’s itinerary.

Take twelve trips April 2018

Take Twelve Trips April 2018

As a solo traveler I am pretty relaxed when it comes to my itinerary, I took it for granted. Traveling with others it’s not so simple, it requires forethought and agreement with others. I found myself needing to plan at least 3 of the 4 days we were away. I had to remind myself that people need to rest during getaways and not just always be on the go. Resting during the day is not an item that frequently appears on my itinerary. I am someone who enjoys doing everything during the day. Taking time out is reserved for the evening as I love to use up day light to explore the city.

Our recent visit to Marseille has definitely taught me I can be a control freak when I want to be. I like things done in a certain manner and prefer to adhere to certain timings to make the most of a getaway. We’ve both learnt something new on this trip and are best prepared for the next one. Here is an overview of the Take Twelve Trips April 2018 edition, soon I will share the must do things in the city.

Take Twelve Trips April 2018 Day #1

Our day started at 00.15, drove to Reading for our train to Paddington. We barely made it on the train, it was a great test of wits for both of us, something to learn from. Arriving in Paddington we caught the 02.15 bus to Stansted Airport to arrive in time for our 06.30 flight to Marseille. At this point we were super tired and just wanted to get to our hotel but first, coach into the centre of Marseille.

Arriving in Marseille the weather was incredible, we chose to walk instead of taking a bus or taxis. It was a beautiful day, we got to walk in different alleyways of Marseille before arriving at the hotel. Unfortunately we were too early for check in so we went for a walk then a meal before heading back to the hotel. Our hotel just got cleaned, we checked in, showered and it was lights out for 4 hours. At night we walked around the port before having dinner at a local restaurant and then back to the hotel.

Day #2 – the one where we explored Marseille

An early start wasn’t on the cards but we did manage to leave the hotel at 10.30, had quick breakfast and went to explore. The night before we had agreed on touring the Island of d’IF and visiting two of the islands near Marseille. We took a boat right to the first Island, spent an hour before getting back on the boat for island #2. Island 2 was Frioul which is larger than d’IF we decided to enjoy a small lunch on the island before exploring it for an hour. You definitely need a couple of hours to explore this place as there is so much hiking involved with such great views.

Our day ended with a ride of the city sightseeing bus getting off only to see a Basilica and a cathedral. We had half an hour for each place but I would recommend more, the views from the basilica are breathtaking. We ended the day walking around the city, a quick nap and dinner in a restaurant next to the hotel.

Take Twelve Trips April 2018 Day #3 and #4 – relaxing days

Day 3 saw us check out of our hotel close to the port, we had stupidly booked a hotel in Vitrolles. With our luggage we did some birthday present shopping before walking around the city. We spent under an hour in the city then grabbed a bus back to the airport, über to hotel and it was nap time. We spent the night chilling in our hotel before heading out to dinner at the hotel next door.

Day 4 found us waking up early to have breakfast at the hotel, then packing and heading to the airport. It would have been nice to check out Vitrolles but our hotel was in an industrial area. We caught out Ryanair back to London, of course it was half an hour late, then a bus to Paddington. The day wasn’t over yet as we still had two journeys to do; train to Reading and the drive home.

Overall we had an incredible trip and made many wonderful memories in Marseille. I am someone who enjoys solo travel but it is always nice to have company throughout the journey.

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20 Comments

  1. April 23, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting Marseille. It looks very peaceful, will have to plan a trip there soon.

  2. April 22, 2018 / 6:52 am

    I have only spent a day in Marseille but it made me want to explore it more, it looked so beautiful. This sounds like such a lovely trip.

  3. April 21, 2018 / 12:11 pm

    This sounds like my kind of holiday. I love to travel and see new places. The world is so big and there is so much to learn from other people and cultures.

  4. Jen Mellor
    April 19, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    That looks lovely and totally my kind of holiday. I’ve never been there but tempted now

  5. Ickle Pickle
    April 19, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    It looks beautiful – your journey there sounds like mine usually are!! Kaz

  6. Stephanie
    April 18, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    I’ve never heard of here before, but love the look of it. The picture of the boats looks so lovely

  7. Rebecca U
    April 18, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    I have not been to Marseille, but it sounds great. It didn’t realise it was a place that you could hike – makes me want to go even more.

  8. Kara
    April 18, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    We docked in Marseille when we did our cruise but I am ashamed to say we didn’t leave the ship – I wish we had now, it looks beautiful

  9. Sim @ Sim's Life
    April 18, 2018 / 12:13 pm

    I love the idea of Twelve Trips, it’s something I need to set in motion! Marseille looks absolutely gorgeous and isn’t too far away from my parents. I have only ever driven through but not stopped to properly check it out. Sim x

  10. Battle Mum (BattleMum)
    April 18, 2018 / 11:34 am

    I’ve always wondered whether to visit Marseille or not. Sounds like you enjoyed the trip so maybe one day. And I agree rest days are often necessary when travelling with others x

  11. Newcastle Family Life
    April 18, 2018 / 10:56 am

    It looks like a great place to visit, the weather looks lovely for this time of year. xx

  12. Kira
    April 18, 2018 / 10:33 am

    Looks an incredible trip. We have never been but would love to explore there

  13. April 18, 2018 / 8:08 am

    What a lovely trip. I recently went away with someone that wasn’t my hubby or children and you have to think so much more about what their interests might be too

  14. Joanna
    April 17, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    What a great sounding trip! It’s not a place I’ve ever been before , I love the look of the port a lovely photo.

  15. Laura Dove
    April 17, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    Wow what a trip! I have been to Marseille and it is just stunning!!

  16. Helen Jacob-Lloyd
    April 17, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    Aww the port in Marseille looks so beautiful – this sounds like an incredible trip 🙂

  17. April 17, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    Wow! What a trip. I’ve been to Marseille and these photos really bought back memories for me!

  18. Talya Stone
    April 17, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Marseille but haven’t had the chance to yet. It’s definitely on my list – it looks like you had a lovely time!

    • April 17, 2018 / 1:33 pm

      You should definitely visit, its a lovely place by the sea.

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