marseille, france. june 2015

My route in South of France, mainly self drive, except my final 2 days in Marseille.

My route in South of France, mainly self drive, except my final 2 days in Marseille.

I spent 6 days in South of France with several stops, mainly by car.  Firstly I picked up a car from Europcar at Marseille Airport then i drove to Montpellier for 3 nights’ stay.  I chose Montpellier as my station because I could drive to other parts from that region, such as Nimes and Avignon.  Then I drove to Perpignan for a day, where I had a photo shoot with a male model, I spent a night there for some more adventures.  My final stop was Marseille where I had another 2 days. Overall I did not enjoy Marseille, not because I crashed into another car on the freeway (I paid the other guy 100 euro as requested on the spot, which is nothing to Aussies, because in Sydney you would be paying at least AUD 300 for a scratch) I didn’t really plan anything as my shoot with a model was cancelled.  I found Marseille rather messy, the only pleasant scenery is what i captured below.  I enjoyed Montpellier and Perpignan though, if you read on.. then  you will know why. However I do recommend one hotel where I stayed, it’s Mama Shelter, a boutique hotel designed by world famous French Industrial Designer Philippe Starck.  Don’t take my word for it, take a look at their website.  Actually do take my words for it, I have been known to only stay at 4 to 5 stars hotel in major cities. 

While I was in Perpignan I had a near death experience, at around 2am (only because I didn’t want to go into this gay club, not knowing anyone is a bit freakish.. I don’t even go to clubs in Sydney…) I decided to drive my rental car up the mountain to the highest peak, I followed the GPS installed in my Renault and I ended up driving up this narrow path in the darkness which later I found out it’s only made for pedestrian, but I was already half way up so I peddled on.  Then I was driving through this broken road with petrol cans on the roadside and a lot of loose gravels and obstructions lying about.  When I got up to the destination ‘Le Château de Quéribus‘, my front wheels got stuck between two big rocks, the sensor inside my car didn’t help.. it kept on beeping everytime I was near something on the road – drove me nuts. I prayed to God that my car would not roll down the hill,.. well i mean mountain (trying to down play the drama here).  First time that I feared for my life, it was not even about ‘fear of height‘ more so ‘how i didn’t want to die this way – splat like pancakes is not my ideal way to go‘  After half an hour of struggle with backing the car out from the rocks I drove down that mountain and never looked back.. Below are few photos i captured.  YES – my car was fully insured and  you should have seen the damages.. but I guess driving in France is not uncommon to see damages with any vehicles.

Travel Tips:

  1. You must have full insurance for rental car, especially in Euroepan countries, mostly it’s not your fault, people park their cars everywhere, even on curbs, diagonal in front of shops.  But of course in my case, it is always my fault.
  2. You have the car, you want to free your mind.. Turn off the GPS, let yourself be free, just get lost a little.  Always remember to install your dating app, at desperate times you can log on and cry for help.  I did and I met someone who was willing to save me when I had no idea where I was.  He guided me around the country side the whole day afterwards.

The Château de Quéribus is a ruined castle in the commune of Cucugnan in the Aude département of France. It has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1907

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