Trip Start May 14, 2006
Trip End Sep 29, 2006

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Aix turned out to be another nice surprise. We were a bit worried about finding stuff to do to fill the entire day because it was a Sunday and so far through our trip, this usually means that everything is closed and their aren't many people out and about but for whatever reason, this was not the case in Aix. One thing I didn't like or understand was instead of being dropped of in town like any other train that we have taken, we were dropped off about 15k outside of town and had to pay an extra 4 euros just to get to town and then walk another 20 minutes to get to our hotel. Not exactly how I like to start my day but the bright side is that you learn the basic layout of the city. After checking in we found a small market that had some of the best foods I have ever seen. Eric and I have become fairly big fans of the olives that they have over here. They have entire shops that specialize in differently spiced olives and they are quite amazing. We bought a couple different kinds and then found an outdoor cafe to waste away part of the day.

Another funny story and one of the reasons that Americans are often disliked or judged here in Europe. While we were drinking our cafe's, we started talking to a couple of girls that had spent the week prior in St. Tropez, where all of the richest people throughout Europe flock during the summer to show off their enormous wealth and buying power. Somewhere in the conversation we had mentioned that they following day we would be heading to Marseilles and they told us not to go there because it was disgusting but because we already had reservations we didnt delve any further into their opinions and moved onto another topic for the time being. About 10 minutes later we came up on the conversation about Marseilles again and I asked one of the girls what it was exactly that she did not like about the town and her immediate response was, "Well we didn't leave the train station, but it was gross, one of the worst that we have seen." So, accordingly, these two college educated girls judged an entire city based on its train station and were actually trying to persuade us not to go there because of this. Another stellar quote made by these two, "what are Canadians good for any ways, other than being cold."
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