Its all fun and games here in France at the moment, the sun just never seems to stop shining here in La Seyne.
it’s been a long while since my last post, but in that time I have been busy working on the house where I am staying, going camping on the weekends and a trip to Spain! Four of us (Heloise, Nils, Ophelie and myself) drove to Spain for a week to check out the amusement Parks there, Port Aventura and Aquopolis. Both a lot of fun and a bit better than Waiwera and Rainbows end (New Zealands premier theme Parks). I thoroughly enjoyed my short time in Spain and can’t wait to get back to do some proper exploring. We spent a day in Barcelona which was absolutely primo! The weather was perfect, and the weird and wonderful architecture of Gaudi throughout the city was interesting to see. As we walked down the busy market street of La Rambla with it’s surprisingly organized stalls selling anything from fresh meat to chocolate delicacies, it was nice to see. The street lead all the way down the stunning port of Barcelona, with crystal blue water right up to the warf. There were plenty of immigrants peddling their hand bags and shoes in an honest effort to make a few dollars along the board walk.
Here is a video of our theme park experiences, check it out, there were some pretty epic rides!
Back in La Seyne, I have been enjoying doing more plaster work on the house I’m staying at, and I am starting to see a vast improvement in my ability to plaster walls which is quite encouraging. My early attempts at plastering look more like I threw some lumpy bits of mash potato up on the wall and spread it around a bit. (slight exaggeration, but only slight) There is still plenty to do around the house though, empty holes where doors will soon sit, more rugged looking walls that will be made to look a bit less rugged after I put my hand to them. It seems like a never ending journey, but it is coming along slowly. Heloise has been really keen to start doing some yoga and meditation so I have started teaching some yoga classes to a few friends, we go to a nice big park in front of the house which overlooks the harbour, I must say there aren’t many better ways to end a day with a yoga session with a setting sun over the harbour as a back drop.
We have had many guests come to volunteer at the house since I have been here, and currently we have a man from Germany who has been really cool to hang out with. We went hiking in the Calanque de Cassis along with a lady I couch surfed with in Lucerne many months ago. It was really cool to see her again and hike through some truly spectacular sights. The Calanque is a series of fiords/fjords that lines the coast for around 10km, and being fiords you can probably imagine there was plenty of ups and downs. The entire time infact was a bit of up and down, but the view was absolutely spectacular. While we were walking along, we met 3 abnormally friendly wild boar piglets. They were hussling people for food on one of the beaches along the Calanque which was quite amusing. The hike we did was part of the Great walks through out Europe and is well worth the visit if anyone travels to this part of the world.
I have of course been enjoying the French summer with all it’s warm weather. Heloise has been making sure I spend plenty of time at the beach and helping distract me from doing too much work on the house. I have started to learn the art of work and life balance during my time here in France. I am really glad to be able to learn this skill as I feel it was serverly lacking in my life up to this point. Hard work is important, but so is taking time to enjoy life. So thank you Heloise! 😀
Here is a picture of the beach close to the house during the high season :O
My cousin Toby has been traveling around France with his girlfriend Amanda for the past few months and we were fortunate enough to cross paths. Toby and his girlfriend were heading along the east coast when they decided to make an extra stop in Toulon so we could catch up! It was really cool seeing a familiar face so far from home. We walked around Toulon, with nothing particularly special to see, we headed back to the house where I am staying for a lovely dinner and a good catch up. They were only here for the day so we could only catch up for a short time, but it was really nice. I wish them both the best as they continue to explore the sights of Europe. They also have a blog to keep everyone up to date where they are going. If you are interested in checking it out, click here
There is an abandoned boat building factory very close to where I am staying, and the place is honestly one of my favourite places ever! It has gone from a thriving boat construction buisness in the 70’s and 80’s, to a run down squallier, full of rubbish and rubble, and finally morphed into an amazing piece of art! With the building having been empty for so many years, you can imagine how opportunist taggers have come to decorate the place. Each wall with it’s own unique story and piece of art, collectively, it transformed the place into a rustic art gallery with a small chance of catching some unknown infection from all the broken glass strune across the ground, and the slight stench of urine mixed with the smell of mould.