Happy new year! I hope it's a good one (and that the Mayas had it wrong). Back in comfy Brussels after a really nice xmas - I may have to stop wine and food in 2012 though!A selection of shots from the Lot et Garonne and Dordogne - everyone should visit (and when they do, stay at my parents B&B!). I also managed to catch up with François & Aurélie who were xmassing nearby... we picked a half way spot on the map and ended up in La Roche Chalais where the one restaurant will stuff you to the gills for 12 euros - what more could you ask for?
Woke to news of Bin Laden's killing - a little unreal and I have to question the whole operation, not my job though, Noam Chomsky does it better. Headed off to the airport and home to Brussels - where Angie picked me up and we spent the afternoon filling the fridge and checking off to-dos from the 'household operation' list. Lots of computerey stuff to catch up on in the evening. Images are some leftovers from Marseille, shot from the car.
Second Calanque today - this time we headed out from Cassis's Port Miou towards Port Pin - amazing wander along a path overlooking a small port and an arm out to the sea, ending at a small paradise beach, with hardly anyone around. Chilled there for a while enjoying the view and the smells. Stuck in major post-football-at-the-Vélodrome traffic on the way home, which is probably part of the Marseille experience. Last night here :(
Packed in quite a lot today - My perfect hosts took me walking around a couple of really interesting (and photogenic) areas of Marseille. We ate pizza in the Arab neighbourhood, bustling with market stalls and colourful characters. Headed out to a calanque just within the city in the pm ... we picked an easy one for Paul and took it quite chill - the view from the top was great, overlooking a little port on one side and various outcrops on the other. On the way back, Francois indulged me with some pretty funky jumping...
François took most of the day off, which is cool. Headed down to a complete find of a restaurant... We were the only people sitting on a little terrace overlooking one of Marseille's beaches munching on super tasty food. Sat there for hours, enjoying the spot and burning! Took a small walk and cruised slowly back to their place. I'm quite sold on the Marseille lifestyle...
Francois met Aurélie and I for lunch on a cool little terrace under a big tree (I can't remember the name now - some wordplay thing, very tasty). The three of us (that means with Paul not François), took the ferry to the Ile de Frioul, which is quite a strange place - lots of abandoned buildings (it used to be used by the military) and big white rocks tumbling into the sea... it feels quite wild which is a happy surprise as I expected it to be far more tourist-friendly (aka - a small disneyland) - there are a couple of lovely beaches and we sat just by one, chatting and enjoying the peace and quiet. I didn't dare swim - the water is a still a little too cold.
Up obscenely early to catch an 8am flight to Marseille from Charleroi... I'm quite proud of myself for making it. Met up with François at the train station and cruised down to the old port to meet Aurélie and little (well, he's young but not so little) Paul who I instantly fell in love with. Had a drink and F cruised back to work. Picked up some lunch which A and I ate on their amazing terrace overlooking the Marseilles rooftops. Aurélie dared to leave me in charge of Paul for an hour while she went shopping. F came home and took me up to Notre Dame de la Garde (otherwise known as la bonne mère) - a famous Marseille landmark just a few minutes up the hill from their house. Chilled there downing a beer and munching on grissini, enjoying the incredible views. BBQ in the evening... I like Marseille. Impasse Lejeune - A and F's street.