Marseille, France

 

Our ship docked in Marseille, France, with the Bay of Marseille in the background and Vieux Port (Old Port) in the foreground in the center of the Le Panier District (old town)

Our ship docked in Marseille, France, with the Bay of Marseille in the background and Vieux Port (Old Port) in the foreground in the center of the Le Panier District (old town)

 

France’s second-largest city and one of the busiest ports on the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille is also the country’s oldest city.  The Vieux Port (Old Port) is protected by the 17th century Fort Saint Jean and the 17th century Fort Saint-Nicolas.  From the harbor we hiked up to Basilique Notre-Dame da la Garde (Our Lady of the Guard Basilica) which sits atop a hill overlooking the Vieux Port (Old Port) with spectacular vistas of the entire city [see our photographs in an upcoming blog post].  We had the opportunity to enjoy an authentic dinner of the local Boullibaisse (fish stew) at Restaurant Peron on the Cornice John F. Kennedy.

 

Basilique Notre-Dame da la Garde (Our Lady of the Guard Basilica) sits atop a hill overlooking the Vieux Port (Old Port) of Marseille, France

Basilique Notre-Dame da la Garde (Our Lady of the Guard Basilica) sits atop a hill overlooking the Vieux Port (Old Port) of Marseille, France

 

The main altar of Basilique Notre-Dame da la Garde (Our Lady of the Guard Basilica), Marseille, France

The main altar of Basilique Notre-Dame da la Garde (Our Lady of the Guard Basilica), Marseille, France

 

The central dome of Basilique Notre-Dame da la Garde (Our Lady of the Guard Basilica), Marseille, France

The central dome of Basilique Notre-Dame da la Garde (Our Lady of the Guard Basilica), Marseille, France

 

Vieux Port (Old Port), in the center of the Le Panier District (old town), remains a thriving harbor with 3,500 berths for fishing boats and yachts and is surrounded by an abundance of restaurants, bars and shops, Marseille, France

Vieux Port (Old Port), in the center of the Le Panier District (old town), remains a thriving harbor with 3,500 berths for fishing boats and yachts and is surrounded by an abundance of restaurants, bars and shops, Marseille, France

 

Classical French architecture in downtown Marseille, France

Classical French architecture in downtown Marseille, France

 

This modern office building offers quite a contrast to the classical French architecture [see the above photograph] in downtown Marseille, France

This modern office building offers quite a contrast to the classical French architecture [see the above photograph] in downtown Marseille, France

 

The classically designed Hotel de Ville (City Hall) is one of the few remaining 17th century buildings along the north side of Vieux Port, as the Germans blew up buildings along the quai before retreating from Marseille, France, during World War II

The classically designed Hotel de Ville (City Hall) is one of the few remaining 17th century buildings along the north side of Vieux Port, as the Germans blew up buildings along the quai before retreating from Marseille, France, during World War II

 

Cathedrale de la Major (Marseill Cathedral) has a striking Byzantine façade that was built from local Cassis stone and green Florentine marble; it is on the site of previous religious institutions dating from the fifth century; Marseille, France

Cathedrale de la Major (Marseille Cathedral) has a striking Byzantine façade that was built from local Cassis stone and green Florentine marble; it is on the site of previous religious institutions dating from the fifth century; Marseille, France

 

We were docked in front of the new (2013) harbor development of MuCEM – Musee des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Mediterranee – and Villa Mediterranee, Marseille, France

We were docked in front of the new (2013) harbor development of MuCEM – Musee des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Mediterranee – and Villa Mediterranee, Marseille, France

 

3 thoughts on “Marseille, France

  1. Very interesting post, Rich! Had no idea Marseille was the second largest city (and oldest) in France. And looks beautiful this time of the year to boot!

    Best regards, Tom

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