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Day trip to Sugiton Beach in Marseille

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While staying in Marseille (France) we met up with some fellow Kiwi’s and went on a day trip to Sugiton Beach. Marseille is a beautiful city with lots of attractions to see and do, but the temptation of the aqua blue water and a day at the beach was far too tempting to miss!

Trek to Marseille

Moss, Rebecca, Catherine & Sam with Sugiton in the background

How to get to Sugiton Beach in Marseille

It is possible to walk from the main street in Marseille (La Canebiere, which runs down to the port), and catch bus #21 from the Castellane Bus Station to Luminy. Tickets can be purchased on board the bus, costing 1.80 euro per person. Unfortunately, the bus is not the quickest, having multiple stops along the way, but you will make it to the University at Luminy.. eventually!

There are enough people getting off the bus with towels and beach gear, that all you need to do is follow them up the gravel road like a herd of sheep! You will then come to an intersection as displayed in the picture below. At this intersection you will need to turn right and then follow the 6b markings, however it shouldn’t matter too much if you take a slightly different path.

Directions to Sugiton beach

Turn right at this sign and follow the 6b markings

Sugiton Beach

The weather was HOT, so the sight of ocean from the top of the hill was very welcoming! The first 3/4s of the walk was extremely easy with wide paths suitable for cars and jandals. Then the last few hundred meters were slightly more challenging, but still nothing to be worried about.

The water at Sugiton is crystal clear and was only 19 degrees while we were there mid July! However, we braved the cold, and found it very refreshing.

Tip: We recommend going early! It is a popular destination so getting a space on the beach is unlikely, therefore you will need to claim your space on the rocks.

 

Photos from our day at Sugiton Beach, Marseille

Bombing of the rocks at Sugiton, Marseille Sugiton, Marseille Swimming at Sugiton, Marseille View of Sugiton, Marseille

There is nothing at Sugiton Beach. No shops, stalls or hire centres so make sure you take a long a packed lunch and if you love snorkelling then take your own snorkel because if you can brave the cold water, there is a lot to see. We were lucky enough to see a cuttle fish and an octopus!

Cuttle fish at Sugiton, Marseille Fish at Sugiton, Marseille Octopus at Sugiton, Marseille

Since May 2014, Rebecca has been wearing out her jandals. She loves anything that involves the ocean whether it be scuba diving, wakeboarding, jet skiing or more recently - sailing! Consider following her via RSS Feed, Twitter and Facebook.

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18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Tanya Paguntalan

    September 12, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Hi Rebecca,

    I enjoyed reading your blogs. You made me smile and can’t wait to read more of your travel experiences especially your photos.

    Your photos are all awesome and exciting! They are memories to last you a lifetime. The places you have been to and are going to see need not be forgotten.

    • Rebecca Barlow

      October 23, 2014 at 1:51 AM

      Thanks Tanya, its great to hear the blogs make you smile! We are certainly having a lot of fun creating memories 🙂

  2. Cristy

    September 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    What a lovely beach Rebecca! And the underwater looks pretty amazing! Now I miss snorkeling… 🙂

    • Rebecca Barlow

      October 23, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      Yip, lugging around our snorkel and flippers pays off sometimes – this beach was definitely worth it!

  3. Agra

    September 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Marseille city is the best adventure city in France for travel life .I am very interested to enjoy the summer in Sugiton Beach. I want to visit in one time in my whole life.thanks for sharing photos for the dream.

    • Rebecca Barlow

      October 23, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      Hi Agra, you will love Sugiton Beach! Hope you make it there soon 🙂

  4. The Guy

    September 19, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Nice tips and what a lovely beach. I love how you give very specific directions to get there.

    I’ve certainly never been to this beach but it brings back memories of when I spent a day at (I think) Arcachon which was stunning. As someone coming from the UK if the water is 19 degrees then that would be very agreeable 🙂

    • Rebecca Barlow

      October 23, 2014 at 1:38 AM

      You will love this beach then if 19 degree water doesn’t phase you! I hope my specific directions come in helpful 🙂

  5. Selma

    September 21, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    That water might be chilly, but damn is it ever beautiful! Love seeing what lies under the water in temperate parts of the world too, so kudos for the underwater photography!

    • Rebecca Barlow

      October 23, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      Thanks Selma, yes the clearest water is often the coldest!

  6. Kristy

    September 24, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Love the place, love the underwater shot and the clear blue crystal water. Everything is perfect!

  7. sofiarhodes

    September 26, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Lovely blog to read. I fell in love with that beach it’s really awesome. Those pics made me crazy over that beach.And these are very useful tips.

  8. Craig from New England

    October 2, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    I spent a semester in France in college and one of my favorites places to go was Marseille. It is such a beautiful place, I had so much fun there. Great pictures, makes me nostalgic

    • Rebecca Barlow

      October 23, 2014 at 1:57 AM

      Hi Craig, it must have been fun studying in France! We loved Marseille too, and will probably go back one day 🙂

  9. Adam

    October 21, 2014 at 4:22 AM

    What an idyllic place … as much as France is known for culture, beaches like this are just too good to pass up!

  10. Kristy

    October 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    The beach looks stunning! I didn’t know that there’s a beach like that on France.

  11. Christian P

    March 13, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    The Sugiton Beach looks awesome! Very clean and clear blue water perfect for diving.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful images and experience.

    • Rebecca Barlow

      March 15, 2015 at 5:39 PM

      Hi Christian thanks for your lovely comment, yes the clear water and fish life at Sugiton Beach is amazing!

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Skin-Care Rules to Always Follow When You Travel

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With the holiday season nearly upon us, most of us are hit with a bout of wanderlust. Traveling will take us to different places, and these places likely have completely different climates from what we are used to. Nobody wants to have a skin breakout or any other type of skin problem during vacation. To prevent this problem, this article will give you Skin-care rules to always follow when you travel.

Every time you step on a plane, your skin is exposed to a whole different condition. You are plagued by stale, dry, circulated air that can do wonders to your skin (in a bad way, of course). And that is just your flight. Your actual vacation can be a nightmare for your skin. From weird hotel products to bad sunscreen, to stress from forgetting stuff at home or from family members and a host of other problems.

Thankfully, there are things you can do to keep your skin looking great despite the challenges of travel.

  1. Drink Water…a lot of water

Staying hydrated is extremely important. Being hydrated inside and outside is one of the most important skin routine tips at all times, even when you are not on vacation.

The switch from a hot to a cold climate or from a hot to cold climate can cause skin dryness and irritation among other things. Even the air on the plane is dry and can sap all the moisture from your skin. Therefore, make sure your drink a lot of water. That would keep you hydrated inside.

For your skin, you should liberally apply moisturizers to keep your skin looking radiant and beautiful.

  1. Use Sunscreen

Next to staying hydrated, sun protection is one of the most important routine for your skin type.  While travelling, you should be extra diligent about your sunscreen.

It might sound strange, but you should apply sunscreen even while on the plane. Why? Because you are in a metal container 10,000 feet close to the sun. In fact, you are likely to get a sunburn while in a plane than on the ground. You might want to close the shades, but others might want of view. Hence take precautions and apply the sunscreen.

When you are travelling, it can be easy to forget to use sunscreen, or you might run out of sunscreen. You can go the extra mile by setting a reminder on your phone either to use sunscreen or buying a new one before the current one runs out.

  1. Use Minimal Makeup

During your vacation, leave out heavy foundations and other heavy makeup products. If you are traveling to a location with extreme weather, your makeup will wear off fairly easily. This not only leaves you looking silly, but the heavy makeup can clog the pores of your skin and result in breakouts.

If you choose to use makeup at all, use breathable makeup. Preferably it should be water-resistant and offer protection from hot climates.

  1. Take your facial cleanser and moisturizer along with you

To keep your face looking great even in extreme climates, your facial cleanser and moisturizer are very important. The daily cleanser helps to clean impurities on your face, while the moisturizer will feed your skin with the important nutrients required to keep it healthy during the duration of your trip.

  1. Use trusted products

Trying out new products is fun, but you should be very careful doing this while on vacation. The change in climate is enough stress on your skin. If you add new products to your skin, you might be increasing the stress on it. Invariably, this might lead to skin breakout and other issues.

Therefore, stick to what your skin is familiar with. When you go back home, you can try out new products. To make it easier to keep using your familiar products, you can buy travel-sized versions of your moisturizer, lotion, cleanser and other stuff.

  1. Have a medical emergency kit

This should contain smoothening calamine, aloe vera potion and other things that can be used in case of skin emergencies.

To enjoy your trip, no matter where that might be, follow these skin-care rules. Your skin will thank you for it!

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Scottsdale – Come for the Sights, Stay for the Experience

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Scottsdale, Arizona is one of the most popular destinations in the Grand Canyon State. Known for its resorts, natural trails, and association with nightlife, the city has become a must visit for anyone who wants to experience contemporary life in a former desert.

Scottsdale is very famous for its modern hospitality and geographical sights. Keeping this in mind, it wouldn’t be surprising to know that finding a Scottsdale nightclub is on the minds of many tourists who pay the city a visit – even those who do so to explore one of its mountainous ranges.

If you are planning to head down to the Copper State anytime soon and enjoy life, then Scottsdale may prove to be a great summer destination.

To help you understand what the city would have to offer in terms of recreation, here are some of the top Scottsdale vacation and dining options that make the West’s Most Western Town, a must visit.

Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale is perhaps the most popular destination in the city. With its unique lineup of culturally rich events, this colorful area has a vibe that defines old West meeting its modern counterpart to a T.

While Scottsdale remains famous for its modern nightlife, club scene, and luxurious resorts, Old Town Scottsdale brings about the old Western charm for tourists to experience firsthand. Old architecture, preserving museums, and cultural activities are just a few of the many things that you could experience at this destination.

With an array of fine dining restaurants that prove to be the best in the state, you could grab a bite in luxury after roaming around in the sun.

And if you feel a bit more adventurous, then you could do that exploration while riding on a Segway instead of using your good old feet. With plenty of Segway tours being conducted each day, you will easily be able to find something that suits your schedule.

Taliesin West

As the winter home to famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West boasts of an unmatched architectural design.

Now a museum, the destination doesn’t only showcase the building in all of its glory, but also offers insights into Wright’s work and his mind through detailed tours of the facility.

It is due to these reasons that Taliesin West ranks as one of the topmost destinations to visit in Scottsdale among many professional guides.

Since the building or its experience cannot be replicated elsewhere, it remains a must visit for whenever you are in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Fashion Square

Want to visit the biggest shopping mall in Arizona? You would find it to be located in the heart of Scottsdale.

With around 2 million square feet of shopping space, the Scottsdale Fashion Square is one of the biggest malls in the whole country. Made up of high end, luxury retail locations, it is literally the one stop shop for upscale items that you may not find elsewhere in the city. With that, the mall holds plenty of fine dining locations as well. What more could you want from a shopping destination, really?

Due to its modern inventory and access to high fashion, the Scottsdale Fashion Square could be a must visit before you hit the popular nightclub scene of the city. Whether you are finding some club wear or just want to spruce up your existing outfit with some Loboutins, this mall would provide you with plenty of choices and fun to boot.

Scottsdale Has Something for Everyone

Depending upon your personal preference, Scottsdale has plenty to offer.  Whether you want to indulge in the city’s party scene or just explore its natural history, you would find that the destination has something for everyone.

So the next time that you are about to visit the Wild West, don’t forget to put Scottsdale at the top of your list. You won’t be disappointed with what you get to work with.

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5 Fun Adventure Activities in Vietnam

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A stunning country with glorious scenery and an amazing culture, Vietnam offers many attractions for the modern tourist. It would be easy to spend a holiday in Vietnam just sightseeing and immersing yourself in the culture – which thanks to a heavy French influence, is different to its South Eastern Asian neighbours – but why pass up on some of the fun adventure activities in Vietnam?

Sandboarding

Also called sand surfing, sandboarding is an extreme sport, exactly like snowboarding, but on sand dunes instead of snow. Regularly named among the best sandboarding destinations in the world, are the Mue Ne Dunes. A series of red dunes around the resort town of the same name, sandboarding has not yet hit the professional heights here but is more of a fun cultural experience. Women in cone hats rent out boards to everyone from kids to saffron-robed Buddhist monks.

Mue Nie is also home to the magical Fairy Stream. This small shallow river winds through moon-like rock formations and is fun to walk through. You can watch the fish as you walk up to two kms in the water or you might try your hand at fishing. You’ll need some basic tackle including rod and reels. Check out these great options for beginners.

Take on Mount Fansipan

Nicknamed “the Roof of Indochina”, Fanispan at 3,143 metres is the highest mountain in the region. Located in Sapa, a town in the Lao Cai province in Northern Vietnam, the mountain can be conquered via two main climbing routes, one categorised as 2D1N, the other a longer 3D2N route. Both climbs require a guide. For those who prefer an easier way to the summit, the Fanispan cable car takes just 15 minutes to achieve what climbers do in 2-3 days, travelling on cables high above primitive forests.

Ride a Motorbike from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

One of the enduring images of Vietnam is the streets of Ho Chi Minh crowded with motorbikes, but motorbikes are also popular outside the cities and Vietnam has become known for some amazing motorbike routes. One of the favourite journeys is from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. There are various routes to cover the distance of more than 2,000 kms, all taking you through gorgeous scenery and fascinating towns and villages.

Marble Mountain Rappelling Tour with Temple and Cave Exploration

You might think that abseiling down a vertical rock face is for experienced adrenalin junkies but not so on a rappelling tour in the Marble Mountains in Vietnam. Located just north of the popular resort city of Hoi An, the Marble Mountains are known locally as the “Five Elements Mountains”. Tours start in the city and once in the mountains, all equipment and instruction is provided to complete at least two rappels (depending on the tour company you choose). Besides the rappelling, the tours have spectacular views of the coast and include trekking through the mountains, visiting caves and temples

Canyoning

Canyoning is a thrilling adrenaline rush of an adventure sport wherein you jump into a fast-flowing mountain stream and allow yourself to be carried at high speed downstream. The most popular place for canyoning in Vietnam is Dalat. Dalat is in the Central Highlands and is a lovely resort town near a lake becoming renown as a destination for honeymoons as well as the adventure sports of cliff jumping, waterfall rappelling, natural water slides, and hiking, as well as canyoning. Various companies offer canyoning tours in Dalat all at similar prices for similar itineraries, so just choose which appeals most.

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