A weekend in the South of France

Like I mentioned in my Marseille post, we spent the day in the port city before getting the last train back to Elodie's hometown. We didn't see much as we got into Sanary-Sur-Mer around 11pm. Plus we were too busy fawning over Elodie's incredible pink house. Yes a pink house. The dream eh? We retired to bed just after midnight, looking forward to doing some more exploring the following day. 

We had a lie in before getting ready and walking down to the beach for a breakfast filled with pastries. It was just as glorious as it sounds. After hitting up what was said to be the best bakery in town, we found a bar to tuck into. My sugary brioche and cheese and ham croissant were amazing. Still dreaming about that croissant actually. After what seemed like hours of gossiping and drinking orangina, we decided to check out the (ridiculously windy) beach as we cheered on Michelle taking some outfit snaps.

After a slow walk into the centre of town we realised that Elodie actually lived in some sort of alternative Disney town and started to regret not coming over sooner. Have you seen the cinema below?! We walked passed a bustling farmer's market filled with delicious looking plump vegetables, tempting creamy cheeses and traditional biscuits. Surrounded by tall palm trees and basking in 25 degree heat, I could hardly believe this was just a short flight away from home.

Elodie gave us all a tour and we being the fickle bloggers we are, we fell in love with every single winding street we stumbled across. That architecture really is something else. The French Riviera really captured my heart. After climbing to the top of a hill for a cracking view of the town, it was time to go home as Elodie had an fun afternoon planned for us in Hyeres. More on that in another post!


The Zara summer dress you have to buy

Gingham and floral shirt dress: Zara (similar)
Light wash denim jacket: Primark (similar)
Black double strap sliders: Birkenstock

I first spotted this Zara dress a good few weeks ago and fell in love but I had to wait until payday to finally make it mine. It finally came around and it become mine just in time for my weekend trip to Marseille. I snapped a few outfit snaps on my phone for Instagram but it was so well received I thought I would blog about it! It's probably my favourite purchase of the year and is the perfect holiday dress. Made from lightweight cotton, it's easy to fit into hand hand luggage and easy to dry out if you have to wash it while you're away. It's a great length and the two splits at the side stop it from feeling frumpy. I love the bright clashing patterns and the short sleeves are great if your shoulders are prone to a bit of sunburn like me. It's something that will definitely be coming in my bag for my July trip to Poland as well as frequently appearing on my body as we accelerate into the summer months.

Have a look at some more floral dresses below.


How to spend 24 hours in Marseille, France

Marseille was somewhere that was never really on my list and only really came to my attention because it's about an hour from my friend Elodie's hometown. We flew into there for the day before making our way down to the coast to where she lives. Now I've been? I absolutely loved it and would love to venture back to explore some more. We managed to squeeze a lot into our 24 hours there and here is how you can too.

10am: If you catch the early morning flight from London Stansted you'll land in the city just before ten. Catch the airport bus into the centre, jump off at the train station and make your way towards the beautiful old town - La Panier.

11am: Take your time getting lost down the windy, cobbled streets and browsing the many unique and independent shops to buy some souvenirs to take home. I'd recommend a quick pitstop to La Grande Savonnerie, home of the city's famous soap Savon de Marseille, and UndARTground, a cool concept shop where I treated myself to a cool wall print as seen on my Instagram.  Make sure you make a quick detour to the gorgeous Centre de la Vielle Charité. Once a charity shelter, this beautiful neo-classical building with pretty olive trees is the perfect place for a wander and take shelter from the sun.

1pm: You'll want to take full advantage of those harbour views so make sure you book a meal at La Poulpe in advance. We went for their great value lunchtime deal of a starter, main, dessert, glass of wine and cup of coffee for 28 euros. I enjoyed perfectly cooked squid to start, meatballs on a bed of wild rice smothered in a tomato sauce for my main and a banana and chocolate hybrid cake for dessert. Washed down with a generous glass of rosé, it was a great meal to kickstart my French adventure. After lunch head to Glacier Vanille Noir to try the infamous black ice-cream made from squid ink. No need to screw your nose up as it tastes just like vanilla ice cream. What's a holiday if you don't have two desserts eh?

2.30pm: After that big lunch you'll want to walk it off. So take a stroll along the beautiful harbour in Vieux Port and laugh at the mad selfies you can take in the Pavilion, a huge mirror. Once you begin to get bored, prepare yourself for a trek up a hill to the MuCEM, a cool building that looks like it's made from lace. Here you'll have a cracking view of the city, enjoy a quick drink pitstop in the cafe before continuing your sightseeing.

4.30pm: For somewhere a little different, take a stroll through the French African quarter of Noailles. An Aladdin's cave of interesting shops selling beautiful African-inspired crockery, on-trend straw baskets for a fraction of the price of those in high street shops, delicious looking food and various knick knacks you didn't think you needed until you spot them. It's full of hustle and bustle making a great alternative view to the city.

8pm: Now it's time to grab dinner. Au Bout Du Quai is a cool, instagrammable place that wouldn't look out of place in Miami. I adored the vibe, the staff were friendly and accommodating and the food was absolutely delicious. Once again you'll be rewarded with views of the harbour. I fully recommend the local clam spaghetti. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the clams tasted so fresh and delicious. I didn't want the dish to end!

10pm: We never got the chance to take advantage as we had to catch the last train home to the coast but make sure you take advantage of the cool cocktail bars for a few drinks before retiring to your hotel room or apartment.

Bon voyage!

Some pictures taken from Michelle as my camera ran out of battery half way through the day!

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