Finally got a chance to post some more photos from my trip………
One thing I loved about France (and actually most of the other countries we visited) was how colorful everything is!
We visited Cassis, a village on the southern coast of France, famous for it’s fishing port and beautiful inlets with
amazing clear blue water. On the way out of town, we stood on the edge of the highest cliff I think I have ever been on!
One of the highlights of the whole Europe trip was visiting Agnes! Eighteen years ago she stayed with my family for the
summer as an exchange student. It was so great to see her again! We got to stay at her home in Marseille,
and met her husband, Romain, and their adorable son, Timothee! ……..and their ferret, Elliott!
They live on an amazing piece of property, where Agnes and her father, Lucien, have their landscape business.
I loved wandering around there. I was blown away when they told me that some of their olive trees are about a
thousand years old. They made olive oil from these trees, which Agnes used to make us fresh pesto pasta
the first night we arrived. It was fun trying to communicate with them, and remembering hilarious things
from Agnes’s trip to Seattle.
Agnes and Romain took us to Notre Dame de la Garde, an ornate church in Marseille, which had a great view of the city.
From there, you could see the island prison that was in the Count of Monte Cristo!
I couldn’t believe how narrow most of the streets are in Marseille, it was an adventure driving around! At one
point I scraped the side mirror in a ridiculously tiny parking garage. We probably should have rented a Smart Car!
We camped near the beach near Agde, France. Only 12 euros! We bought some cheap camping gear and
used it throughout the trip. This really helped to save some money, and made for a different experience.
We also stayed in hotels and hostels. I think it was good that we switched it up. After I went home,
Emily & John used the tent and sleeping bags for awhile longer, then left it for other travelers to use!