Health -“My Higher Purpose” Chapter 9

Una Baker | November 13, 2019

I AM 60!

WOW, I cannot believe my last post on my higher purpose was in August.  What an amazing past few months I have had. So happy I took the time to embrace every moment and felt really no pressure to blog.  I was so comfortable with accepting this was my time to sit back, go with the flow, feel free, write, read, be with friends, family and make the beginning of the next decade amazing.  I really enjoy writing and sharing when the words, ideas, experiences are so alive in me. My family and friends have blessed me with their love and filled me with wonderful memories that will forever hold a special place in my heart. So, I am energized to journal and share the past two months with you.  I would like to begin with my 60th birthday which was for sure a milestone as we all experience when we reach another “decade” in our life.  I want to give thanks to my family and dear friends who were there to celebrate with me in Boston, New York and France.

CHAPTER 9 – Celebrate the Gift of Life

My Birthday fell on Labor Day Weekend, as it usually does.  As a little girl, I seriously did not look forward to my birthday as the beginning of the school year soon followed.  For my birthday weekend, I decided to hop on a train to Boston and visit my sister Maureen for the weekend.  Maureen had been in Maui for months and I have missed being together with her dearly.  Needless to say, our time together in Boston was amazing!  We celebrated my birthday with the crew at Soul Cycle in the morning, then brunch on the main strip in Boston.  We walked around and found a fantastic second hand shop where I scored on a Burberry trench coat for $200.  The story about how this trench coat could not have been more timing will come later in my Paris update blog.  Maureen was for sure shocked I was purchasing a very stained coat and wondering if I would ever get the stains out and actually wear it.  Thankfully, I have an amazing cleaners in NYC for my finest belongings whom always work miracles.  Kingbridge Cleaners and Tailors have locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  They did an AMAZING job!  When I think about celebrating the gift of life I think about family and friends that truly express unconditional love.  I am so thankful for this gift in my life.   Here are a few photos from my month traveling in France with my boys, twin sister and friends…..and my famous Burberry trench coat.

St. Tropez with my boys and Uncle Stanley






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Treasure by the Sea ~ Marseille, France

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As I prepare for my big “60” birthday celebration which I hope will never end, I find myself digging deep into France I have never explored. Friends coming to celebrate my birthday in Paris were looking for a 3 day excursion possibly by water. As I started researching, I came across Marseille. I am so intrigued and desperately to want to spend some time there. It is a port city located in the southern part of France. The core of the city is the Vieux-Port (Old Port), where fishmongers sell their catch of the day. Marseille was originally founded 600 BC as a Greek colony of Massalia and populated by settlers from Turkey. Click for a little more history from Wikipedia.


Today, there are so many modern chefs who write about the multicultural cuisine one can explore in Marseille. I so look forward to visiting!

Le MUCEM de Marseille

Marseille is a main destination for Air Corsica with direct flights throughout the year from the four Corsican airports Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi and Figari. With various flight rotation in the summer as in the winter, you have many opportunity to discover Marseille and its relevant museum.


The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilization is an architectural jewel located at the entrance to the port between sky and sea. This wonderful building facing the open sea is covered with concrete lace.


As the first large national museum dedicated to the Mediterranean civilizations, it aims at showing the origins of this civilization basin that has been so rich and active, the opening dates back to June 2013.


Situated at the entrance of the harbor, location J4 in the Saint Jean fort, a highly symbolic place of the current evolution of the city and of its history, the museum extends over about 45000 square meters, divided into three places. Indeed, the different museum collections are preserved at once at la Belle de Mai and at the same time at the Centre de Conservation et de Ressources.


For your cultural outings with your family, the MUCEM offers you, for kids, an electronic tablet equipped with edutainment computer application « Kidouki » inviting young and old alike on a treasure hunt in the different rooms.


In both summer and winter, fly away with Air Corsica to a cultural destination with your family and discover Marseille and its Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilization.

Cassis – Marseille

Cassis is known for its pristine beaches, running trails and vineyards. Here is a article about the upcoming 20 KM in October, 2019.

Notre-Dame de la Garde (literally: Our Lady of the Guard) is a Catholic basilica in Marseille, France, and the city’s best-known symbol. The site of a popular Assumption Day pilgrimage, it was the most visited site in Marseille. It was built on the foundations of an ancient fort at the highest natural point in Marseille, a 149 m (489 ft) limestone outcropping on the south side of the Old Port of Marseille.

Construction of the basilica began in 1852 and lasted for 21 years. It was originally an enlargement of a medieval chapel, but was transformed into a new structure at the request of Father Bernard, the chaplain. The plans were made and developed by the architect Henri-Jacques Espérandieu. It was consecrated while still unfinished on June 5, 1864.

The basilica consists of a lower church or crypt in the Romanesque style, carved from the rock, and an upper church of Neo-Byzantine style decorated with mosaics. A square 41 m (135 ft) bell tower topped by a 12.5 m (41 ft) belfry supports a monumental 11.2 m (37 ft) statue of the Madonna and Child made of copper gilded with gold leaf.

An extensive restoration from 2001 to 2008 included work on mosaics damaged by candle smoke, green limestone from Gonfolina which had been corroded by pollution, and stonework that had been hit by bullets during the Liberation of France. The restoration of the mosaics was entrusted to Marseille artist Michel Patrizio, whose workmen were trained in Friuli, north of Venice, Italy. The tiles were supplied by the workshop in Venice which had made the originals.

(From Wikipedia)

Calanque, Marseille

The Massif des Calanques is a wild and rugged terrain between the ninth arrondissement of Marseille to the east towards Cassis. The area has been designated a national park. It is known for the beautiful sea, hiking and biking. Definitely for those that are up for a physical adventure.

Marseille Restaurants

Bistrot Parenthese’s owners just opened their second restaurant in New York’s West Village.

Bistrot Parenthese is a hipster restaurant known for their tapas and warm service.

Four des Navettes is one of the oldest and must go to bakeries in Marseille.


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