Scenes of Marseille with particular emphasis on food, taken by Julie
scenes of the Med from our tourist train ride
A view of Marseille from above, geographically one of the biggest cities in France, larger than Paris
Views from the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilique, most well known sight in Marseille
The views from the church are quite phenomenol
Chateau d'If, fortress featured in the Count of Monte Cristo
Looking back at Notre Dame de la Garde
Lunch back on the harbor after our tourist train ride
cheese and charcuterie
Back on the tourist train ride for the afternoon sights, Byzantine cathedral, apparently not open for interior shots
Charming small, mom and pop restaurant just off the harbor under the shade of plane trees
salad with St. Marcellin cheese in filo
Scallops and risotto
fruit and sorbet with sugar snow
View from hotel window across Marseille harbor at night
and the end of Julie's pix of Marseille
Now on to Val's--Marseille--a fun and beautiful city that we should never have put off so long
Marseille's fantastic harbor
An interior square just off the harbor, alive with restaurants
and a Dali sculpture
Not a Dali sculpture
One of the most interesting pieces of public art we've experienced. Fascinating--and so simple
Another Dali sculpture
Walk along the other side of the harbor
An amuse of truffle and fig jelly on flat bread
Oysters, of course. They service rose wine with ice--great for the heat
Can't get enough of the harbor. Our hotel overlooked it.
And yet another Dali--with that great "ceiling" mirror in the background, on the harbor
The fish sellers are up early. A great variety of fish.
Facade of one of the more ornate buildings on the harbor
And a market in one of Marseille's ethnic neighborhoods
Statuary at the market
Brings to mind the movie scene from "The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover"
Happy produce vendor who i insisted on having his picture taken
Val can't resist taking pictures of statues wherever he finds them
More market scenes
Not all of Marseille is as beautiful as the harbor, but it is interesting.
The Marseille Opera house
Lunch at a Corsican restaurant
Lots of other choices nearby, Marseille is a very big outdoor dining locale
Th harbor again, this time viewed from a considerable height and distance
Modern (and ancient) buildings at the harbor entrance. The church in the background is the Cathedrale de la Nouvelle Major, largest neo-Byzantine church built in France since the Middle Ages
Statuary on the Med in the Jardin du Pharo
The views back down
Palace built by Napolean the third for his wife, now a conference center in a beautiful setting
Marseille's city hall
Chateau d'If, scene for the Count of Monte Cristo, just outside the harbor area
Ritzy seaside villas and restaurants
Most famous monument of Marseille, the Notre Dame de la Garde
It's a long climb up even if you don't start at the very bottom
We took a tourist train to get to the Cathedral. The recording spoke of "the Virgin and the kid" no kidding, sometimes translations just don't turn out right.
Pretty impressive decor. If you look closely you can see little carved boats suspended from the ceiling. They represent ships that sail from the harbor and have been blessed in the cathedral.
and wonderful views back down over the city. The geographic size of Marseille is something like 7 times that of Paris
A view back to the palace, now conference center, erected by Napolean the third
The city was holding an exhbit dedicated to Provence lavender while we were there
Actually this was as close as we got to real lavender in full bloom, even though we'd expected to see it everywhere throughout the countryside. Bloom was unfortunately late this year due to a cold winter and spring.
modern sculptures near the Hotel de Ville
Notre Dame de la Garde, the most famous symbol of Marseille from the harbor
Views of one of the older neighborhoods (Panier) which we saw on a second tourist train trip.
Making the most of a brief stop of our tourist train
View of the harbor at night from our hotel window and a good-bye to Marseille--for Val's pictures