I took the train to Marseilles (pronounced “Mar-sey”) yesterday for the biometrics appointment I told you about few days ago. The process took about an hour, and with my returning train not due in another 5 hours, I took the opportunity to explore a bit of the city.
I’ve been to Marseilles loads of time in the past, but I always find it a very vibrant place, always alive with its mix of different cultures, most of them originating from North Africa, particularly from Algeria, which France has occupied in the 19th century.
Catch the morning fish market, it’s one of the highlights of the city.
The world-renowned Bouillabaisse, a fish stew. originated from Marseilles.
There was a rally going on, held by education lecturers and civil servants, to protest against the continued slashing of teaching jobs in the country.
Travel TIP # 1……When exploring a city on a very limited time (say, for few hours), the best thing to do is to take the tourist bus/train/ferry. These forms of transport will take you to most, if not all, highlights of the city in a very short time, in the comfort of your seat.
I took this little tourist train, at 5euros, to climb up the Notre Dame de la Garde. The view on the way is fantastic and the train moves slow enough to be able to take good photographs.
We were climbing almost at 40deg incline! The train was slowly turning to the right so I had the chance to take a pic of the last car (right)
“always dreaming to be an actress”..written on this graffiti
Didn’t I tell you before that 1 in every 2 cars in France has beeps and bumps!
Travel TIP #2….Avail of the “day pass”, which means unlimited rides to the metro/bus combined, in one day (or 2, 3 days).
The ordinary one-way metro ticket is 1,70euros, but with a day pass, you only pay for 4,50euros and that’s a great way to hop in and out to go to more places in a day (until midnight)!
The view from the Basilica
The towering Cathedrale de la Majore in the center, one of Europe’s largest cathedrals built in the 19th century
Seen off the harbour are 4 islands, the smallest one in the middle is the location of Chateau d’If, made famous by Alexandre Dumas in his novel, “The Count of Monte Cristo”
A famous landmark, The Grand Escalier (The Great Staircase) leading up to the train station.
The Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde
Notre Dame de la Gard
It’s the time of year..