5 Places to eat in Marseille

In August last year, I spent a week in the south of France based at the Marseille Vieux Port.  The large port is the oldest in France and there are hundreds of places to eat.  This can make it a hard place to choose somewhere good and we made a few mistakes.  Along the port many restaurants look the same and you can’t always go by the fact that if restaurant is full of people that the service will be good or your meal will be great.  Here are my 5 best options for food in Marseille Vieux Port. Scroll down to the bottom to see Continue reading “5 Places to eat in Marseille”

Travelling with someone with a phobia of flying

If your like me and love to travel then planning a trip with a significant other who suffers with aviophobia (fear of flying) can be difficult.

Aviophobia affects around 7% of people although up to 25% can feel anxious when flying say the US National Institute of Mental Health.

There are quite a lot of things you can do to help overcome the fear or you can work with it. The options are really down to the person and what they’re open to.

  1. You can go to your doctor and get some anti anxiety medication to help you calm down before and during your flight. This is an option that most people choose.
  2. You can try hypnotherapy and see if it helps you overcome your fears, you may need to go for a few sessions to have the best results.
  3. You can get on a plane and hold on for dear life to the arm rail and maybe have a few drinks while on board.  This is an option I wouldn’t recommend, but I would suggest maybe taking short flights maybe 2-3 hours long then build up your confidence and good flying experiences before travelling to the other side of the world.
  4. You can avoid flying and plan a staycation and travel by train or car to somewhere in your country.
  5. You can stop flying and use alternative methods to get to your destination.

The last two options are the ones that has worked for us.  I don’t have a fear of flying, it’s actually one of the bits I love most about travelling. However it means that I often travel without my boyfriend.

We are very lucky that we live in the UK as we have a few travel options available to us with Europe nearby. Last summer we travelled by train via Eurostar to the south of France  Click Here to find out what to do in Marseille.

This summer we are planning a few staycations and visiting parts of the UK that we’ve never been to.  I don’t know about you but there are loads of places I have never been to in the UK.  I hope to travel to the coast and go to northern England.

I’m also hoping that we will go on a cruise but with so many destinations to choose from I’m sure where we will end up.

I decided to ask my significant other a bit more about his flying fear to understands more about it.

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Q: Have you always had a fear?

A: Yes, as long as I can remember.

Q: Have you had any bad experiences flying? 

A: Yes, I was returning on my own from Trinidad, when just after takeoff, we were told to say in our seats as there was a technical problem and that the plane was turning back to land.  The plane made a forced landing in Barbados as the airport was closer.  It turned out that there was a problem with the de-icing mechanism on the wing so it was definitely the right thing to do.

Q: What happened next?

A: We landed safely and then we were told that we would be getting a different plane home, we stayed in Barbados for two days and one night, but when is was time to return I realised that we were travelling back on the same plane.

Q: How did you know it was the same plane?

A: We had the same seat numbers and I noticed the seat in front of me had the same mark as the previous plane.

Q: How was your journey home?

A: It was fine, but your flying over the ocean, so you just hope the plane is going to be ok.

Q: Have you taken a flight since?

A: No, it made flying worse.

Q: Do you think you will take a flight again?

A: Yes, I want to overcome my fear as the chance of anything like that happening again is unlikely.

Q: If you could travel anywhere, but didn’t need to fly to get there, where would you like to go?

A: Honolulu, Hawaii.

While I understand that some people have a fear that something might go wrong, it is unlikely to happen and if it does happen like in my boyfriends instance it’s not likely to happen twice.

“statistically the chances of being in a plane crash is 1 in 11 million, your more likely to be attacked by a shark” say Elite Daily.

His experience has changed from an irrational fear to a more rational fear. Its something that I think you need to respect, while I don’t necessarily understand the exact fear because I actually love flying, I do have my own fears that are irrational so that’s where I can be empathetic.

Do you or a family member have a fear of flying and how do you overcome it when travelling? Let me know and leave a comment below.

Where to eat in a strange city ????

As a food lover who is not only fussy but also has allergies to diary and eggs getting food right is important and can be quite stressful especially when there is a language barrier.

Here are some tips that you should use when in a new city looking for great food to eat.

  1. Fish in DubaiAsk your friends – If they have been to the destination before. When you have had a great meal when out-of-town or on holiday you tend to remember it.

 

 

 

Seafood in London2.Ask social media – Use your social networks. They have a wealth of knowledge so it’s always a great option.

 

 

 

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3.Trip advisor – This can be great and not only are restaurants ranked they also have recent reviews which can be really helpful.

 

 

 

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4.Ask the concierge or your airbnb host – They will have great local knowledge and can always have some great suggestions.

 

 

 

 

5.Read blog posts – Many bloggers will add in recommendations of wear to eat in their posts so do some research before your trip.

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6. This next great tip is from travel blogger @world_with_ maria who suggests eating like a local.  Google up the regional dishes, she always saves the “dishes to try” as it saves you time and effort in deciding what to eat once you are in that city.

Food Travel tips at www.mywonderfulworld.co.uk

 

Tip: I also use google translate to make sure the restaurants understand the allergies I have.

Click here to read about 5 great places to eat when in Marseille.

5 Must Do Things in Marseille

I recently spent a wonderful week in Marseille, France.  Marseille is France’s second city and is located on the coast in the south of France.  I stayed in central Marseille at the Radisson Blue Hotel in Port de Vieux.

There are lots of things to do in Marseille, I wanted this trip to be a mix of relaxing by the pool mixed with some sightseeing.  Here is my list of 5 must do things to do when out and about.

1) Go to Notre-Dame de la Garde

Notre-Dame de la Garde translates ‘Our Lady of the Guard’ is a catholic basilica and is the best know symbol in the city.  Built on the foundations on an ancient fort at the highest point on Marseille in 1864. The basilica replaced the church of the same name that was built-in 1214. The basilica has a bell tower that supports a statue of the Madonna and Child that is covered in gold leaf. There are great views of the city and well worth a visit.

Cost: Entry is free, but take circuit 1 of the mini train from the old Port of Marseille for a fun trip the mini train costs €8 for adults & €4 for children return. Trains leave every 10 minutes throughout the day.

2) Take the world’s shortest ferry

Walking from one side of the port to the other can take some time about 20 minutes, so if you’re feeling tired or in a hurry you can take a short cut. The little ferry-boat runs from Marseilles town hall to the other side running daily every 10 minutes.  The Little Ferry boat is eco-friendly with an electric solar propeller.  The ride across the port takes a couple of minutes making is the world shortest ferry trip.

Cost: 50 cents one way.

3) Boat trips

There are numerous boat trips that you can take from the port in Marseille you can take a trip to the National park de Calanques (Calanques translates to creeks). There are several different trips to the national park de Calanques. The National Park has many Calanaques which are really beautiful calm tranquil places with beautiful rock formations and there are a number of different options of daily boat trips.

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Cost: There is a small circuit which is two hours and 15 minutes and costs approximately €23 four adults and €18 for children or you can get family tickets for €74. The large circuit is three hours and 15 minutes and is €29 for adults and €22 for children and €92 for the family ticket.

There is also a trip on the larger circuit three hours and 45 minutes which includes 30 minutes swimming time only take this option if you’re strong swimmer as life jackets are not provided.

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There are also trips throughout the day to the Frioul archipelago is a group of 4 islands located off the Mediterranean coast of France, approximately at 4 kilometres from Marseille.

4) Watch the sunset

The sunsets in Marseille are beautiful. You can watch from a high view-point or while at dinner in the ports.  Don’t forget to take a photo or two.

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Cost: Free of charge or the cost of an alfresco dinner

5) Alfresco Dining

Have dinner at one of the many restaurants at the Marseille Vieux Port.  Spend time people watching or watching sports or live music.

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There are hundreds of restaurants in Marseille, check out our next post (coming soon) about the best places to try.

Have you been to Marseille? I so, what were your favourite places? Leave a comment below.

Travelling in Europe

We have just spent the last week in Marseille, France and what I noticed is that while the police presence wasn’t that high like it is in central London we often heard and saw police cars with sirens on throughout the day. However what was noticeable was the army patrols with SA18 assault rifles at the train station, Norte Dame de la Guard and in the main square.

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We were based at Marseille’s Vieux Port the main port in Marseille with over 1,000 boats moored and any one time. This is a central point with thousands of tourists. The roads and squares are lined with metal bollards which in some places have been reinforced with concrete ones.

 

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We commented at the beginning of our week that the bollards are probably there to stop the drivers crashing in to people as almost every car had dents and scratches and drivers did not adhear to “normal” driving policy, go through red lights, parking in the bus lane with hazards on, I could go on….. but we knew the bollards were probably in place following last years attack in Nice.

On the whole we felt safe because of the bollards and the high army presence, it’s just sad that it has to be this way.

So my advice is just keep your wits about you and stay as safe as you can. But don’t let it stop you from booking a holiday in Europe.

15 Tips to help you save for an amazing holiday!

If like me you don’t fancy the idea of backpacking, staying in a youth hostel or at 2 star hotel, then you know booking a holiday to a wonderlust destination can cost a pretty penny.

In the 5 posts below I will be sharing the 3 tips on saving, shopping, flights, food & drink and health that I have used to help me get to my dream destinations without having to live like a student to get me there. Click the images below to find out some great money saving tips.

Savings Tips to help you save for an amazing holiday at www.mywonderfulworld.co.uk

 

Shopping Tips to help you save for an amazing holiday at www.mywonderfulworld.co.uk

Flights and Hotel Tips to help you save for an amazing holiday at www.mywonderfulworld.co.uk

Food & Drink Tips to help you save for an amazing holiday at www.mywonderfulworld.co.uk

Health Tips to help you save for an amazing holiday at www.mywonderfulworld.co.uk

So now I hope you have found some really useful tips to help you save for an amzing holiday.

Once you have chosen the amazing destination you want to go to Click here for 6 tips that will help you make the most of your holiday.

How to spend 72 hours in London

There is so much to do in London.  But if your only here for a long weekend or an extended layover, here are the best things to do in 72 hours. Make sure you have comfortable shoes and check the weather forecast as it is London so you might need an umbrella or some shades or both.  Click the images below to read what to do each day.

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Day 1 is sightseeing at icon sited in the city,  and theatre land.

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Day 2 is a mix of sightseeing and shopping.

72 Hours in London Day 3 Coming Soon www.mywonderfulworld.co.uk

I love London, which means I’m very lucky as it is my home town (well city).  What are you favorite places to visit for a city break or extended layover?

4 things to help you sleep on a plane

While I love to travel, one of the things I cannot do is sleep well on a plane.  I doubt I get more than 5 minutes at any one time.  I’m not sure why it happens although in “real life” I am a night owl and go to bed past midnight most nights. I have no problems getting to sleep and often drop off as soon as my head hits the pillow.

However, plane insomnia as I call it actually impacts me quite a lot. I either stay awake the whole journey, at times this can be up to 36 hours straight or I miss out of valuable holiday time if travelling long haul as I crash out when I get to the hotel.

I try to look on the positive side and think about all the films I can watch on the plane instead.  What annoys me though is the ease that other people have to nod off.  On a recent flight my son woke up after 30 minutes and asked if we had taken off yet much to my jealously, clearly my plane insomnia is not hereditary.

There are ways I get around this, I try to book a daytime flight so that I sleep when I get to my destination in the evening, but this often means I spend an extra night at a hotel which costs money and also daytime flights can be more expensive.

So before going away recently I decided to do some research on what I could do to help me sleep better and I tried 4 products which definitely helped and allowed my to nod off for 30 minutes or so at a time and as a result I felt more rested.

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1.Ear Plugs are great for reducing the loud noise on the flight.

Details: I tried a pair of Alpine FlyFit ear plugs they come in a box and also have an applicator to clean the ear plugs.

Results: They were great in reducing plane noise, very comfortable to wear and I definitely recommend them.

Earplugs 4.5/5.0

 

2.Eye Mask/Sun Glasses are great for helping to block out bright light.

Details: I made the mistake of forgetting my eye mask, so I popped on a pair of sunglasses.

Results: I didn’t find the sunglasses comfortable to wear, but they did darken my view and help to replicate a darker room, but I would definitely suggest trying an eye mask as it will block out light and be more comfortable. 

Sunglasses: 2.0/5.0

 

mywonderfulworld.co.uk - Sleeping on a plane is a myth to me - neck pillow3.Neck Pillow is great for giving next support to help prevent neck ache.

Details: I tried this MUJI’s grey striped neck cushion, it is filled with beads which (a bit like a bean bag for your neck) to comfortably support the neck whilst travelling. There is also a clip and an adjustable strap to keep the cushion in place around the neck. Price £19.95

Results: It took a bit of getting used to but it is comfortable and I will definitely use it again. What I love about this neck pillow is that you can remove the cover of the neck pillow to wash it. 

Muji neck pillow: 3.5/5.0 

4.Scarf’s are great to keep you warm during the flight.

Details: When flying I always use the blankets provided on a long haul flight, but on top of that I always have a scarf wrapped around my neck and shoulders.  I love this Galaxy Scarf from Oliver bonas.  Price £26.00.

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Results: I’m not sure if your like me but I hate to be cold and I am hardly without a scarf. The great thing about taking a scarf on holiday is you can use it a head scarf when you’re having a bad hair day and its great for keeping warm and drafts at bay

Oliver Bonas Scarf: 5.0/5.0 

Overall trying these 4 products together helped to improve my experience why trying to sleep during a flight. I think having an eye mask will improve the experience further and on my next trip I am going to try listening to relaxing music as well.

 

Do you have difficulty sleeping on flights? I would be interested in what you do to sleep when travelling? leave a comment below.

 

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