Pouvez-vous me rembourser Marseille??
Trip Start Jun 16, 2008
23Trip End Sep 04, 2008
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Marseille Bonneveine Hostel
Its been awhile since you heard from us. We apologize, its just that we have been taken hostage by the city of Marseille and kept away from the Internet!!! Tres horrible!! Actually we stayed in a nice hotel in the middle of nowhere near the airport. That was nice, but we couldn't access the city on foot and public transport is not accessible for the wheelchair. After we left the lap of luxury there, we found our selfs smack dab in the middle of a craphole, we so lovingly call the Marseille Bonneveine Hostel. OMG!! It was a very rundown college type dormitory but it smelled like feet with burned hair on them. Oh and then imagine those feet were in a stinky armpit and the whole lot of them were left in the sun for 3 days. I don't think Rembrandt could have done a better job painting that picture for ya. We were scared they would put strangers in our room because it had 4 beds in it. Our imaginations went wild thinking about all the axe-murdering-grungy-hippy-mullet-sporting-creepazoids that would be waking us up in the night for a bedtime story. Alas, they just gave us two girls from Lyon. We couldn't communicate with them except with broken frenglish. Our breakfast was literally a crust of bread. A nearby bakery donates their stale bread to the hostel. There's nothing like a foot of french crusty bread to get ya rollin' in the morning.
Accomodations aside, we decided to go out on the town. We only had to jump on the bus. Seems easy right? Yeah, trying to find an accessible bus and then a driver willing to use the equipment was not an easy feat. We went to the local tourist office and asked the experts about wheelchairs in Marseille. She honestly looked at us with an eyebrow up and said there wasn't anything for us and that the only public restroom was in the mall. We headed for the mall because of the air conditioning qualities located therein. AC and toilets is what its all about in Marseille!! Even Columbus knew that! Inside the mall we saw an exhibition of Buffalo Bill Cody (definitely worth traveling to Marseille for this since he's buried outside of Denver!!) at the Marseille Museum of History. We also saw two American movies in a double feature just to avoid going outside in the heat. Indian Jones and the Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (which we've decided to see in every language on our journey) and Sex & The City Le Film. Its fun to watch the "Kung Fu Panda" trailer because no matter what language it is in, the panda still says "Skadoosh!"
Well we don't have a lot to report on here in Marseille, but we have a good idea that in Geneva, Switz. we will be busier than ever seeing the sights. So long for now from the St. Charles train station in Marseilles France, podcasting from the free McDonalds WiFi......thank you McInternet.
Love you all
Monsieur Shannon & Mademoiselle Rachel