Thursday, July 10, 2014

Marseille; Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde and Palais Longchamp

Hi guys! This post is a little bit random since it's not about something we have done on the same day ... yeah, it's all thanks to the post on the Cité Radieuse. But it's okay! I mean, who really cares? Anyway. Before going to eat at that terrible restaurant in the Old Port, we spent the morning walking around, but our longest stop was the basilica Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde.

It was so hot and sunny that day, I couldn't believe the fact that I was walking around in a camisole in the middle of March!

And so we started going up ...



It was a good enough workout, mostly from walking under the sun. But if you're lazy enough, a shuttle from the Old Port takes you all the way up.



I know why they called the church at the Old Port the pajama church ... but this could be the pajama basilica! I mean, look at the black and white stripes.

Obviously we had amazing views on Marseille from there.






After visiting the inside of the church and being mesmerized by the views, we went down via some random streets and ended up eating at La cuisine au beurre in the Old Port, which I talked about in a previous post.

Two hours of terrible lunch later, we took a walk towards the museums. They're located near the pajama church (Sainte-Marie-Majeure) on an artificial beach designed to give access to the water. Just like in many other cities, water hasn't always been accessible because of port activities.




We sat down near the sea and saw some people fishing sardines on our right. The man who was sitting right there was a boss. He would easily catch something every three minutes or so while the others pretty got nothing. You could tell he had the right technique.



Can you see Notre-Dame-Dame-de-la-Garde up there? And the star shaped fort we visited the other day on the right?

Oh, and that's how I learned the glare on the sea can hurt your eyes like a bitch.


That evening we went to Aix-en-Provence, where our friends study, to grab a few drinks and have fun. We discovered it's the city with the most fountains because there used to be thermal sources. Obviously they're not there anymore, but it's kind of a way to remind people. Speaking of fountain ...


On the last day of our stay, in the morning (basically before we went to the Cité Radieuse) we decided to visit the Palais Longchamp because it was open and because our friend lives almost right next door.

The thing is just huge.


Not all water jets seemed to be working, but I'm pretty sure that must be one epic fountain when they're working at full blast.






And the water down there? Very clean and clear.



See how the streets are designed to go towards the Palais? The street straight ahead is actually a pedestrian/tram street, so it really is a beautiful view for people taking the tram.

Oh and this was on one of the ceilings. Medusa did not turn me into stone this time.


So that's it for today and this is what concludes my series of posts about my trip to Marseille. I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did!

Until next time!

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