Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Likable Marseille

We are finally having warm and sunny weather.  In fact, it's bordering on hot.  I'd better not complain.  In three days we went from winter to summer.

1. Since we are in the middle of French school holidays, there are a lot visitors in town, but Marseille is the second largest city in France, the city carries right on.  It's just more lively.

2. Marseille is full of viewpoints everywhere you look.  The old port is really special.  John pointed out that the port is like their giant square, at the bottom of a bowl.

3. Marseille is a working city, a microcosm of history, civilization, and population.  Marseille was Phoenician, Greek, then Roman.  Today, one third of the population are of Italian descent, one third are Muslims, and there are sizable Eastern Europeans and Asians.  Though Marseille suffered much from WWII, the vibrancy of the city throughout its long history is evident everywhere, including many current projects.

We are glad to have discounted all idle rumors about Marseille (Rhonda: we stand with you), We should have scheduled at least a whole week instead of five nights.

For a second time this trip we ride a FLixBus - Nice to Marseille. Again it was delayed (before we boarded in Nice) by the Italy/France border crossing.
The FliXBUS from Torino to Marsiglia (Marseille), France

Here's shot from the bus of typical leafy Marseille streets as we head down to the Marseille St Charles Station (bus, train, and metro all in one station).
Marseille, France

Marseille's Old Port is the spot to hang out at all hours of the day or night. Our apartment was about 50 meters from the quay of the Old Port. We just could not get enough of it.
Marseille, France

Marseille, France

This "sign" was always mobbed.
Marseille, France

And so was this mirror-roof.
Marseille, France

Marseille, France

The various tourist cruises were always busy as well as the "tourist trains" and open air buses.
Marseille, France

The tall ship Hermione was in port and left port while we were there.
Marseille, France

Marseille, France

We walked out of our apartment each morning to this.
Marseille, France

If we stuck our head out of the one window at night, we could see the harbor below and the Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde above.
Marseille, France

We were also just 5 minutes from great sunset views. We went out everyday for the sunset.
Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

The Old Port continues to fix and repair small boats.
Marseille, France

A view of the port from Fort St Jean.
Marseille, France

A cool sky bridge connects the fort with the MUCEM museum complex.
Marseille, France

MUCEM.
Marseille, France

Les Docks - once a warehouse, now shopping.
Marseille, France

Ferries from/to Corsica and Algeria arrive/leave from Marseille.
Marseille, France

Here are 2 shots of a ferry to Algiers head out at sunset.
Sunset - Marseille, France

Marseille, France

CMA-CGM shipping has a big brand new HQ building at the modern port. I was busted for taking pics close to the tower. ;-)
Marseille, France

Marseille as a very good public transport system including these trams.
Marseille, France

And folks cycle, skate, scoot or segue around town.
Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Le Panier District up the hill behind our apartment - the oldest district in Marseille.
Marseille, France

The Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille.
Marseille, France

Some night shots around the Old Port.
Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

One day we took on a long walk east along the Marseille waterfront; then over to Unite Habitation the famous building designed by Le Corbusier, then Metro=>bus up to the Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde.
Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Marseille "built" a long stretch of public beach with nice facilities: changing rooms, wind surfing, restaurants and more.
Marseille, France

L'Unité d'Habitation designed by Le Corbusier.
L'Unité d'Habitation - Marseille, France

Roof.
L'Unité d'Habitation - Marseille, France

L'Unité d'Habitation - Marseille, France

View from building roof to the modern stadium (Rolling Stones this June!) and adjacent mall and transport hub.
L'Unité d'Habitation - Marseille, France

View to mountains.
L'Unité d'Habitation - Marseille, France

Rooftop view to the sea.
L'Unité d'Habitation - Marseille, France

Metro is old-ish but speedy.
Marseille, France

View from the Basilique.
Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

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