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  • Day11

    Marseille, mon amour

    May 11 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Kein Paris, dafür Marseille. Wir haben versucht zu campen, aber die Stadt hat uns wie ein Magnet angezogen und uns in ein kleines Apartment Nahe des Cours Julien einquartiert (absolut empfehlenswert!). Hier sind wir nun, gönnen uns die Free Walking Tour, nordafrikanischen Street Food und 1-3 Waschgänge😁

    Sonntagmorgen: wir wachen nach ner unruhigen Nacht auf (Nadia hat Fressgeräusche gehört, ein Übeltäter war nicht zu finden - Nadia liest allerdings auch gerade „The girl with the dragon tattoo - hat sie es sich wohl nur eingebildet), essen Honigmelone und wer springt Arjen beinahe ins Gesicht? Ein Mäuschen 😅

    Adieu Marseille, auf in die Natur🙌
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  • Day35

    Marseile - wunderschöne Hafenstadt

    May 15 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Das erste Mal für uns alle war Marseile und schon beim einfahren in diese Stadt waren wir überwältigt.
    Das Highlight war natürlich der Hafen und das Treiben um den Hafen.
    Die Parkplatzsuche hat natürlich etwas Zeit nun Anspruch genommen, denn wie schon so oft ist unsere Dachbox
    nicht Parkhaus geeignet.
    Emil hat sich nach so langer Zeit im Auto um etwas Bewegung sehr gefreut, konnte gar nicht genug bekommen
    vom rum laufen an der Hafenpromenade. Ich hatte auch alle Hände voll zu tun ihn beim Essen am Tisch zu halten.
    Nur die Ansicht der ganzen Segelbilder (und vielleicht der Schnuller) hab ihn etwas beruhigt.
    Der Fischteller und die typische Boulibaise war sensationell. E.
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  • Day13


    October 11, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Was versteckt sich in dem Namen 😄😊 eine Stadt mit vielen Gesichtern, viel Armut und auch Kriminalität, aber mit einer wunderschönen Altstadt und tollen Gassen.

    Am Abend gab es noch ein Festival vor unserem Schiff, mega schön. Leider hat der Kapitän aufgrund der älteren Gäste an Bord entschieden früher als geplant anzulegen 🙄 nur leider haben nicht alle Gäste die Durchsage am Mittag gehört und waren nicht pünktlich auf dem Schiff. Zum Glück waren die telefonisch erreichbar. Ansonsten hätten wir abgelegt und die Gäste wären mit dem Tender Boot nach gekommen. Da alle Crew und Hafenabreiter bereit zum ablegen waren.Read more

  • Day33

    Notre Dame de la Garde

    May 3 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Just when you think you’ve experienced more than enough history for one trip, you come across something like Notre Dame de la Garde.

    Set atop a limestone peak rising 162 meters above the port below, construction of the first chapel, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was done between 1214 and 1218. At the beginning of the 15th century, it was replaced by a larger chapel, which was then reinforced to serve as a defensive fort and a place of worship.

    The building then went through a long period of political upheaval within France, the details of which are far too convoluted and dull to recite here. If, however that’s your thing, do a Google search, there’s lots to read about.

    Of (relatively) recent interest is the battle for Marseilles that took place in August 1944. Strategically, during WWII, the occupying Germans were using Notre Dame as one of their defensive fortresses in Marseilles. The allied forces had begun their assault to retake the city in mid August, but the battle culminated on August 24, 1944 when a brigade comprised mostly of Muslim Algerian rifleman went on the attack, and used a “back door” that was unknown to the Germans to gain the upper hand.

    The battle scars of this skirmish can still be seen on the exterior walls of the basilica.

    The French Underground was extremely strong in Marseilles and the Nazis virtually razed Marseille in their efforts to undermine their efforts. Somehow, perhaps by divine intervention, this enormous monument remained almost unscathed by the bombing and shelling that nearly destroyed the rest of the city.

    Brenda and I walked up the hill to visit the temple on Friday afternoon, and we were astounded by the breathtaking views of the metropolis that is spread out below her. The interior of the basilica pays homage to the Resistance fighters that liberated the city in 1944 and to all the sailors who lost their lives at sea while trying to earn a living.

    The church is not as old as many of those we visited in Italy, but it is no less beautiful or historically important, particularly given the part it played in the last world war.

    There is also a lesson somewhere in there that all religions can co-exist given the right circumstances.
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  • Day3


    October 7, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Marseille is wonderful! We spent most of our time around the Vieux Port. The MuCem, the Chateâu d’If, the Fort de Saint Jean and the Cathedral are all around and it is amazing to feel the perfect combination of modern and old buildings, the cruise boats in the big harbour and all the fancy surroundings with expensive shops and restaurants to receive the hundreds of tourists that leave the cruises everyday.
    As for us, we preferred going to the old harbour where seafood restaurants are lined and we could taste a specialty that seems awkward but it definitely works: fried mussels with french fries... delicious! Also a salad with cheese and meat that seems funny at first but is totally delish! And the rest of the afternoon, supposedly to know a bit more about the city, was to rush into nice places when the thunderstorm decided to play some tricks on us. A nice bar for a coffee, a réplica of the Galleries Lafayette, a nice biscuit shop and, last but not least, a soap shop to buy the famous Soap of Marseille! After all we really ended up soaked by the late afternoon rain before going to the airport... loved it all anyway!
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  • Day2

    Notre Dame

    January 7, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    Kleine Stadtrundfahrt durch Marseille mit der Choo-choo Bahn . :) Höhepunkt unseres ersten Ausflugs war der Notre Dame .

  • Day405

    Day 406: Bonjour Francais!

    March 27, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Alarm at 7:20am - ridiculously early these days! And of course it's still dark as daylight savings time has started. Packed and checked out by 7:45 and at the car rental return desk by 8am. Still dark, of course!

    We'd been a bit nervous about returning this one, since the car hire company has the world's dodgiest setup. They don't record any damages on their cars, they just give them to you as-is, and tell you to take photos and videos of any pre-existing damage. So when you return it, if you don't have photos or videos of the damage already on the car, you're on the hook. And so will be the next person, if they don't notice it, and so on.

    I'd done a super-meticulous walk-around of the car when we picked it up, photographing every single tiny scratch, ding and scuff. Not easy when it's got 45,000 kilometres on the clock! But it paid off - the woman spotted about 7-8 bits of damage that I had photos of, so all was good and we left for the airport.

    We were actually really early - we'd expected the car return process to take longer, so now found ourselves at the airport at 8:30 for a 10:30 flight. Waited around until we could check in, then waited around again on the other side. At least they had spots where I could get coffee and wake myself up!

    The flight to Marseille was about two hours, leaving and arriving on time. Had to go through a passport check into France which we both found odd, though the guy was wearing a t-shirt rather than a uniform so obviously not that serious! Had lunch at the airport since it was 12:30 and our car pick-up was at 2pm.

    Thankfully this one went much smoother, and we had our car for the next 30 days. It's a nice Citroen DS4 - about a Golf size and with quite good equipment fitted out. Only a few thousand kilometres on the clock too, which makes a big change from the last few shitboxes we've driven!

    Picked our way southwards through Marseille to visit a world heritage site - a large apartment building designed by Swiss architect Le Corbusier. We'd visited some of his other buildings in Switzerland and in Belgium, so this takes the cake as my longest-running video project by a country mile! Unfortunately we couldn't visit the rooftop terrace as one of the lifts was broken, and the other was reserved only for residents (obviously).

    So we headed back to the car and drove to our nearby Airbnb. Since it was a one-night stay, we'd opted for a private room in someone's apartment; a young lady who spoke almost no English! Made for an interesting introduction to say the least. But the room is nice enough and we're only here for one night.

    Visited the nearby waterfront for dinner but could only find extremely expensive options for dinner (20-30 euro mains). Ended up having hamburgers at a place in the back-streets for the third day in a row - whoops!
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  • Day29

    ... in Marseille

    May 23, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Travelled from Aix today. It's very cool and windy. Bags stored at the hotel and off we went to see the old harbour. Open top bus trip was really windy but good. English audio commentary- & we went nearly twice around. It's a winding trip up narrow streets to the famous Notre Dame de la Garde. Cars are forced to back up for the buses to get around corners! Beautiful vistas of the harbour old and new, the old stone buildings. We then walked around to the MuCEM but didn't go in to Picasso exhibition.Read more

  • Day6

    A day in Marseille

    April 19, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Beautiful warm sunny day with temperatures that were just right. We had not booked any tours and just decided to explore Marseille on our own. Shuttle bus dropped us in town and we walked a couple of km to the Palais et Parc Lonchamp which is basically a monument to celebrate water. Very pretty area with fountains and statues and gardens. On our trek up the hill there was a massive protest going on which seemed to involve unions from all public sectors such as transport, education, health, construction etc. Not sure what they were protesting about but it seemed to be anti-Macron (French President) sentiment. There had to be thousands of people marching / chanting / sirens etc. At one point just as we were walking past, someone had thrown a rather large thunder- bunger under a car and the resulting explosion and smoke really made our hearts race because we didn't know what was happening.

    Wandered back along the marina to catch the Petite train which would take us up
    to Basillique de Notre Dame de la Garde which gave us a good panoramic view over the city. We also drove past the Castle of If where Jose Custodia Faria was imprisoned and was the basis of the story written by Alexandre Dumas " The Count of Monte Cristo". All in all out was a pretty good day - only spent €16 (on the train) - so certainly not breaking the budget and got plenty of exercise as we walked about 10km. Tomorrow we head to Monte Carlo and we have a full day booked tour which should be good.
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