A road trip through Marseille, Aix and Les Calanques (Part 1)
November 12, 2019
One has to envy the French, numerous possibilities of picturesque staycations – hire a car and explore the landscape of any region, each of which has each own set of characteristics. When you ask your french friend, what he is up to for the holidays and he goes : ‘Oh nothing much, just a road trip in the South of France…. Well nothing much sounded very good to me.
The circuit of the road trip was Marseilles – Les Calanques – Cassis – Aix – Marseilles. We flew from Paris to Marseilles and rented a car from the airport. Marseilles is a beautiful port with a main street running up to the train station at the top and descending to a magnificent harbour view.
Our first lunch was one of the most memorable lunches of my whole life, figuring in my top ten lunch experiences, clearly influenced by the host, Mme Ida. She is a ball of energy and exudes an air of optimism and good nature I have rarely seen during a lunch service.
They were mostly locals present at Chez Ida when we arrived, which is always a good sign. It is a simple bistro style restaurant serving meditteranean food. Lunch was spectacular, delicious and fresh and peppered with lively chats with Ida while she walks around and engages her customers.
Ham and Melon for Starter:
Homemade Raviolis with bolognese sauce for main.
We had an excellent red wine which clearly we forgot to take pictures of. Sorry folks, Kodak moment.
We spent the afternoon, strolling around the harbour, posing to admiring the cathedral and the port through different view points (including a very modern museum totally in contrast with the landscape!).
The day ended with a drink at Sofitel Marseilles, where you get another vantage point of the city.
Hi, I am Shev. By profession, I am an analyst. Over the years, I have wandered around the globe and have gathered a lifetime of memories but above all, I realised most of my travel plans revolved around food and coffee! My journals and iPhone notes are filled with writings about restaurants, coffee shops and local cuisines I have discovered. Food is a lifelong affair for me, I love describing the scenes when I visit a restaurant or if i encounter a new cuisine, I get really curious and want to find out about the history around it.