Avignon & Marseille

Earlier this month my friend and I decided to go to Avignon Festival in the south of France. We ended up staying in the small town of Avignon for about 4 days, and we watched about 2-3 shows per day covering a variety of genres including improvisation, drama, comedy and dance. It was a cool to experience so much art in a really beautiful, vibrant and sunny town. During our stay we rented bikes too and cycled up to the the Fortress and Abbey of Saint-André to get a strong dose of history.

The second part of our trip was spent in Marseille. My friend and I spent a lot of time at the beach. In fact this was our exact routine: swim, eat, sleep, read, repeat.

It was my friend’s first to visiting Les Calanques, and since she is a bit of hiking fanatics, we spent about 1.5 hours hiking through the hills and mountains to get to the stunning beaches. I can’t even begin to describe how breathtaking the views were!!!

The other beach we visited was Les Baies des Singes which is “Monkey’s Bay” in English. Apparently, it was a major port during the height of the drug trade in the south of France. The kids who used to frequent the bay were told to “see nothing and hear nothing, just like monkeys” which is where the name comes from. Interesting, n’est-ce pas?

We also went to MUCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations) which offered a number of exhibitions and a lot of beautiful architecture.

I recently realised that I’ve travelled to Marseille at least once every year for the past 4 years. I guess all I can say now is until next year Marseille!

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