Thursday, July 3, 2014

Marseille; Old Port

Hi guys! Marseille is such a beautiful city (despite whatever the French say about it) that I can't stop sharing pictures of my stay there. On the second day of our stay we went to the Cité Radieuse but only saw the outside (we visited the inside on the fourth day) then we walked a lot in downtown and in the Old Port. We met up with some friends that were all exchange students in Aix-en-Provence after their classes.

This is the Préfecture des Bouches-du-Rhône, subway station Estrangin Préfecture. The public space in front of the building features some water curtains and places to sit and it leads to a popular commercial pedestrian street, rue Saint-Ferreol.

Some of the buildings on Saint-Ferreol had very interesting facades. I was mesmerized by the balconies of these two.

Saint-Ferreol is mostly a high end fashion street. Not necessarily designer brands, but mostly international ones and expensive ones.

We met our friends and had a beer in a bar in the Old Port, then we started walking towards one of the star shaped forts.

Going up!

The part we didn't like so much about trying to go up was that until you get there, the way is quite a hard one for pedestrians. High speed boulevards and ways to the highways have been built all around the fort.

But at least the views were worth it. Especially because the sun was setting down.

But it doesn't stop there!

Once you get all the way up, there is a memorial for those who have lost their lives fighting for France ... no event in particular is specified in the writings.

The view on the Sofitel Hotel. Jealous much? Yes.

We had fun climbing the memorial and I guess we're not the only ones who have done it. There was a lot of broken glass up there.

After contemplating the Old Port from above, we went down using another way and visited a park where the Palais du Pharo, one of the buildings of Aix-Marseille University and the Faculté de Pharmacie are located.

Can you spot the pajama church in the back? The weird brownish metal structure is the Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerannée.

And I'm gonna finish this post with my favorite shots : the sun setting down on the Mediterranean Sea.

Until next time!

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