Beached At Cassis

Cassis Harbours

Looking towards Quai Saint-Pierre

Cassis Harbour

Cassis Harbour

Along the Quai des Baux

Along the Quai des Baux

Cassis La Ciotat Mountain Top View

Cassis is a charming village by the sea with merchants offering an array of beach wear and everyday fashions, souvenirs and plenty of delicious sea food. Durade! Durade! Durade! Most notably, Cassis is best known for its white wine. The beautiful turquoise waters offers an opportunity to enjoy a bit of the Mediterranean by boat for day trips to the Calanques, rentals for kayaking along the rocky shore lines or just taking casual dips in the water. Cold at first but once you’re in, its hard getting out from a sea swim with the ease of a rolling tide. Like to hike? There’s plenty of that. There are miles and miles of guided trials. For a stunning view drive or walk up to Cap Canaille, the highest coastal cliff in France.

I had the opportunity of visiting this bustling village for 4 days during the last week in August. Yes, its taken me months to update my blog. But I’ve been out of touch and then I just got really busy and then tired from being busy. 1st off, I didn’t have internet for over a month when moving into a new apartment. Just the internet I had on my iPhone. (Thank you instagram! You’ve been my photography outlet!) Then I started a job in the evenings and then school started and is every weekday for 5 hours each day and yada, yada, yada.. excuses, excuses. I mean, how long does it take to upload a post? For those that have a blog… you understand it takes nearly an hour at least! Include your editing of photos and formatting, it can’t take hours. Frankly, after an 1/2 of constructing a post, I need a break. But with my 4 day weekend and a cold virus to fight through, I’m updating my web journal now…finally. Next post? Aix En Province BABY!

Sewol out of Busan

Eyes rippling salty rings hold their sails heavy with fleets drowning in ocean. Sea-

faces full of barnacles abraded rough by the outlines of drowning scars.

Why students penchant to bow while a stern mouth hallows?

When vessels without shorelines are buried by ocean.

Never excusing their names or ages,

 ‘Till seas unbreakable storms,

 can spare a tipping boat

full of children.

( In memory of those perished on the vessel Sewol, Jeni )

I’d like to share some pictures taken during my trip to Busan, South Korea, the countries 2nd largest city next to its capital of Seoul. Where ever since hearing about the unfortunate maritime accident where hundreds of passengers perished while their transport to Jeju Island turned for the worst, I’ve been after the news and updates ever since. Mainly because I highly anticipated a trip down to Jeju.

I tried talking my Mom into taking a mini trip down to Jeju Island either by boat or commercial plane, but the idea had been dismissed due to poor timing or lack thereof. Eh, next time. Instead we explored the famous fish market, trailed through the merchant stands and toured the historical hot spots on a 4 hour open tour bus excursion.

The vessel Sewol shipped out of Busan’s south-eastern port where my Mother and I had a beautiful view of its bay from our 7th story hotel room located within the Hotel Commodore.  Who knew that only 2 weeks later, the vessel boat Sewol would meet its demise. Using my Innis Free eco science face creams made from marine plants and botanical extracts from Jeju Ocean has been a daily reminder….


Half Moon Bay 2013

Half Moon Bay 2013


This dated phrase originates from the early 1800’s when a prisoners shackled ankle restraint worsened the agony of sentence by the weight of an iron ball. This method of imprisonment later became an expression describing a Wife’s/Girlfriends strong hold on her Husband/Boyfriend. Usually, “Old Ball and Chain” is jokingly used although sometimes it can come across as a derogatory comment towards an overbearing partner regulating activities. This phrase can also describe a persons burden to their job for which employment elsewhere seems unattainable and current position remains tolerable to stress. Why am I writing this? My divorce was filed; officially….

Janice Joplin: Ball&Chain