Photo & video diary: marvellous Marseille

Ah, Marseille. Apparently it doesn’t have a great reputation (so told me one of my Instagram followers that weirdly lived in the same complex we were staying in), but we had a fab time and I’d recommend it – particularly if you can get a cheap Eurostar deal like we did.

All of the photos in this post are taken from Instagram – both mine and B’s accounts, as neither of us can resist a square photo or a filter (although he uses the frames – what’s up with that?). I love the rose-tinted, artistic license of Instagram – and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with presenting the best image of yourself and/or your surroundings. Add a holiday to said images and you’ve got the recipe for picture perfection; what doesn’t look good glistening in the sun?Β It’s not the truth, of course. The truth is a sunburned arm, many many plasters on feet, the world’s oiliest face that no sunglasses would stay on… All the things that come from being in a climate you’re utterly unused to coming from the cold UK. But who wants to see that?! Onto the perfection!

And yes, there’s another short video at the end if you don’t get completely sick of me before then. We tried to capture as many of my outfits as possible, as I know you all love the clothes! Two of the looks featured you’ll be seeing again; one in the next post πŸ™‚ See if you can spot a rare appearance from B… Which he tried to edit out!


Starting off with the first and last thing we visited on this trip – the old port. There’s a new port too, but the old one is so pretty who needs a new one, pah! (Yes, we forgot to go – although I think the new port is what’s in the second photo.) It’s really cute and has loads of restaurants nearby, plus we took a ferry to the Frioul islands on our last day and went to a secluded beach… which was perfect, until an entire school showed up and decided to have a paddle (did I say paddle? I meant giant water fight). Apparently, it wasn’t enough to just have a school next to our apartment yelling all day long, we had to have one on the beach too, complete with teachers in speedos supervising. Can you imagine anything worse? No amount of Instagram could have saved that picture.

Old Port, Marseille


Marseille landscape


Marseille ferry trip


Marseille is on the coast and has beaches, though many of the ones closest to us were man-made with these little pebbles that were hotter than the sun to walk on and that we kept finding in strange places for days afterwards. But, still, not quite as omnipresent as sand, so they kinda grew on us. I ummed and aahed about including the bikini photo in this set, but really a diary of this holiday wouldn’t be complete without it. B will testify that my preference for bikinis is that they’re so high-waisted I might as well be wearing a swimsuit, but I promised him that if I reached my goal weight before we went I’d wear the tiny one I bought mostly by accident (note to self: ASOS models are so tiny that they make even minuscule bikini bottoms look big). So there it is – I did it! And considering there were great-grandmas on the beach wearing smaller ones than me, I didn’t feel too bad about it either…

Marseille sandy beach


Marseille beach


Sunjellies bag by the sea


Braving a bikini!


I mentioned after our Valencia trip last year that going to parks to have picnics and read books is one of our mutual favourite pastimes when the weather is nice, so it’s pretty much all we want to do on holiday in a hot place. We’re exciting like that. We didn’t even go to the city’s famous museum as we’d planned because we’d rather essentially do nothing… I do feel a bit guilty about that, actually, but not that bad because – giant two-person bike. Never mind the fact that minutes before getting on one I was cursing the fact you couldn’t move for nearly being run over by them, it’s all very different when you’ve got The Power (at least, of The Pedals). There’s a clip of me looking very unpowerful trying to drive one of these things on my own in the video below – it’s definitely a two-man job!


Borely Park, Marseille


Borely Park, Marseille


Borely Park, Marseille


You go to Cassis for the calanques, which are rocky inlets along the coast-line that are really stunning (second photo) – some had their own private beaches. Cassis, generally, is rather pretty and was the perfect location to wear my holiday skirt with its riviera scene. It’s a bit of a tourist trap, but I’d still say it’s well worth the trip. Even if the trip was not on the nice air-conditioned coach that you couldn’t find anywhere, despite visiting every bus stop in Marseille and instead involved turning up to Cassis’s remote train station where you had to pray one of the 8 local taxi drivers would take you to the port. It was really windy the day we were there, which made it a fantastic day to wear a hat. That is, of course, sarcasm – it’s why my hand is permanently glued to it in both this photo and the video!

Riviera life at Cassis port, France


Calanque at Cassis


Cassis port, France

Everything else

Featuring the view from our apartment – which B was at pains to tell my uncultured self features a very architecturally important building that was the first apartment complex. It looks like a prison, but apparently it’s a mini town on the inside. And while we weren’t very good at selfies this time – we’ve realised our faces just aren’t very compatible in photos, which might make things awkward if we get married – we did get one we were both happy with, at least.

View from our apartment, Marseille


Notre Dame de la Garde, Marseille


Early evening stroll, Marseille


And here’s that video I promised… another of B’s masterpieces, I think you’ll agree!



  1. July 2, 2015 / 12:22 pm

    So cute! All of it! It looks like you had such a fantastic time! Love those polka dot pants!

    • July 2, 2015 / 12:34 pm

      That's good as you'll be seeing more of them very soon πŸ˜‰

  2. July 2, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    Yay, I love seeing people's holiday snaps! It all looks really lovely, those Instafilters have done their job to capture the romance and nostalgia of the place. I love those lemon shorts, are those the Asda ones? Also, I think you look absolutely cracking in that bikini! It would have been a shame not to include that one. (I have to say though that I ummed and ahed last year when I did a holiday post and included a bikini shot, I wasn't sure that people needed to see that much of me, but then I thought a bikini is actually an outfit, so it was relevant!).

    That last outfit is my top favourite, I love the straw boater and the fab riviera print skirt. You really did have the most gorgeous holiday wardrobe! And it was expertly captured once again by B. He does such a sterling job with those cute videos.

    Hope you're not having too many post-holiday blues. It's really rainy here today in Wales! I was really pleased that it was so gorgeous on Tuesday, we pretended we were on holiday in the evening and sat outside drinking wine and eating tapas type things.


    • July 2, 2015 / 12:37 pm

      You must be one of those rare people who can look past the jealousy πŸ˜‰ Yes, those are the Asda lemon shorts! You know your lemon prints… I felt the same way about people not needing to see that much of me but bikinis *are* an outfit! Also, sometimes this blog is autobiographical and I wanted to remember feeling confident enough to wear it.

      The straw boater and riviera print skirt may just return… Well, they *will* return as they're one of the two we took more snaps of. I basically buy summer clothes all year round then have to wear them all in one go when I'm on holiday πŸ˜€

      Glad you agree about B's work on the video – he's getting so much faster at them too so who knows, maybe more will appear as we go on! We feel like a minute long is long enough, so hope everyone else agrees!

      I currently can't open my bedroom window for reasons I won't bore you with, so that's certainly taking the shine off this weather as it's like trying to sleep in a sauna πŸ™ but otherwise, I'm loving it! xx

  3. July 2, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    Looks lovely! It looks so sunny and beautiful. You must have had an amazing time! πŸ™‚

  4. July 2, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    Looks like it was a very lovely trip. And I love seeing you wearing that skirt you blogged about recently! So cute on you!

    • July 2, 2015 / 6:51 pm

      Oh I'm going to get way more mileage out of that skirt yet, don't you worry πŸ˜‰

  5. July 2, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    This looks like such a fun trip! I'd love to visit Marseille and the rest of those southern French towns one day. Great holiday sun outfits, I especially like the lemon shorts and that gorgeous scenic skirt!

    • July 2, 2015 / 6:52 pm

      I think Marseille is a pretty affordable one – I do recommend! Both the shorts and the skirt are from Asda – cheap and pretty πŸ™‚

  6. July 2, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    Almost like being there! Love the videos you put together…wish I could master the videos…editing and music to make mini movies…so grand!

    • July 2, 2015 / 6:53 pm

      I'm so glad you love the videos – I always wonder if anyone watches them; they take so long to do I always hope so!

  7. July 2, 2015 / 6:13 pm

    It looks like you had a fabulous time! France really is a beautiful country. You've put together some fab outfits here too, are those lemon shorts the Asda ones? I've been considering buying them but I don't really suit shorts. Your straw hat is so cute and it looks lovely with your seaside skirt. Those bicycles are great, they always remind me of the Chuckevision, did you ever watch that?! Thank you for sharing your holiday photos with us! x

    • July 2, 2015 / 6:55 pm

      They are the Asda ones! They're almost like a short skirt rather than shorts, they're a good option if you're worried about the usual skin-tight ones! Oh wow, Chucklevision – I sure did! I hadn't seen the comparison but you're right! There were a few moments straight out of that show when we first got on it!! x

  8. July 2, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    I am so jealous – it all looks gorgeous, and I'm seriously coveting your polka dot capris, so am hoping they're going to pop up in an outfit photo, so I can be the shameless copycat I am πŸ˜‰ And you look fabulous in your bikini – in recent years I've been swearing by the good ol' retro one-piece (I have a couple that I swear are almost like dresses, they're so flattering ) but you can't beat a good bikini πŸ™‚

    • July 2, 2015 / 6:58 pm

      I'll be even more jealous after your America photos I already know! The capris are coming up in the very next post – but early tip: they're Hell Bunny and a few UK 'alternative' shops seem to be stocking them. Move quick to get a small size is my advice! Thanks for the bikini love πŸ˜€ I think I might get more into one-pieces in future now I've worn the smallest bikini I dare to! There's so many nice retro ones…

  9. July 2, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    I feel like I just took a step back in time! LOVE the little video, music editing…everything! And all of your outfits were spot on. Not to mention you looking HOT in that little bikini!

    Even though I have very dodgy memories of Marseille, ( I was handcuffed and put in the back of a paddy wagon..the place is FULL of corruption! it's a long story!) the video only showed the loveliness of the city.


    • July 4, 2015 / 5:46 pm

      Ah thanks on the video – B will be pleased! And thank you for the bikini love!

      I really feel I need to hear that story!!

  10. July 2, 2015 / 11:32 pm

    You have such an amazing sense of style I am completely envious! There's no other way to put it! It looks like you had a great time, the both of you look totally cute. I love the videos at the end too, it's something a bit unique and it seems like you are getting more comfortable in front of the camera. πŸ™‚

    Kariss x

    • July 4, 2015 / 5:49 pm

      Aw thanks Kariss πŸ™‚ I try! Some would say too hard, so it's nice if people appreciate it – even if you all live on the internet! I'm trying to be more comfortable in front of the camera but it took me a long time to come to terms with still photos, so videoing is probably going to take a while too… It's much less forgiving! I think we need to try to get more footage where I'm not desperately trying to think how to move – i.e. more natural! x

  11. July 3, 2015 / 11:18 am

    It looks like you had a fantastic time, I love all of your outfits! What a beautiful place to go on a holiday. Loved the video too! xx

    • July 4, 2015 / 5:50 pm

      We did πŸ™‚ We definitely thought it was beautiful – and worked out so cheap between the Eurostar and renting an apartment. Glad you loved the video πŸ˜€ xx

    • July 4, 2015 / 5:50 pm

      Ah, not my city, just passing through for a week… Alas, as the weather was much better there!

  12. July 5, 2015 / 3:46 pm

    That SKIRT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So glad to finally see it on the blog hehe, that print is just amazing. I love all of your holiday outfits that you packed, such a great range of separates πŸ™‚

    • July 6, 2015 / 12:18 pm

      You'll be seeing some more of it too in future – it needed its own post, of course πŸ˜‰ Separates are my bag – I'm hopeless with dresses, but separates I can do!

  13. July 6, 2015 / 7:06 am

    Gloriously lovely travel photos!!! I've never heard anything negative (well, at least in relation to modern history) about Marseilles and these sun-kissed snaps look like they could be in the official travel guide for it. Swoon!!!!

    β™₯ Jessica

    • July 6, 2015 / 12:19 pm

      I thought it was interesting that a woman living in Marseille told me it had a bad reputation as I hadn't realised either! If I'd have known perhaps I wouldn't have gone though, so I'm glad I went with an open mind πŸ™‚ x

  14. July 7, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    I've discovered your blog recently and I'm already a big fan πŸ˜€
    I love the video, the editing is perfect. I love your outfits, all of them.
    I've never been to Marseille even though I'm French. But the new museum, MUCEM and the Le Corbusier's CitΓ© radieuse make me want to go…I wish going to the UK was as cheap for us as your trip was ! Or maybe I should look better !

    • July 7, 2015 / 8:19 pm

      Hello, new reader πŸ™‚ always pleased when someone introduced themselves! And with such nice compliments too!

      My trick was too book very early to get a good deal on the Eurostar – the first day I could for the date I wanted. Maybe that'd work for you too??

  15. July 8, 2015 / 9:53 am

    My, I really do love the videos B produces! He does such an excellent job ~ I really felt like I was back in the past with your lovely outfits Cici, and it was a bit funny (and incongruous!) to see the guy with the ipod buds in while gutting that fish! I was all ~ "That doesn't belong!" And then I was like, "Lol ~ yes it does…." πŸ˜›

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    • July 8, 2015 / 9:55 am

      P.s. ~ I also adore a square photo, I know some photographers scorn the equal crop because it's difficult to get a proper composure, but I personally love composing to a square! Instagram forever! (>U<)

    • July 8, 2015 / 9:57 am

      And by proper, I mean non-symmetrical, rule of thirds, and all that jazz. (=^ . ^=)

    • July 8, 2015 / 12:26 pm

      Aw, thanks Bonita! I think you might be B's biggest fan and I'm sure he's totally ok with that! Man with the ipod buds is a bit 'one of these things is not like the other…' for sure πŸ˜‰

      Nothing is wrong with square photos – I think they result in really interesting composition myself, as you say πŸ™‚ x

  16. July 16, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    It looks like you had a fabulous time, you look very relaxed and happy. I very much like the have picnics and read books type of holiday. You had a great holiday wardrobe and you were right to include the bikini photo, it is an outfit, especially at the beach! I particularly like the third photo and the last one of both of you, so lovely.

  17. July 21, 2015 / 7:44 pm

    I'm in awe of your holiday snaps! You look glorious, truly you do! And another fabulous video, I watched it a couple of times to absorb it fully. Your outfits are put together really well and suit you perfectly. I love your look!

    • July 22, 2015 / 12:43 pm

      Aw, this is such a lovely comment – thank you so much!!

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