Marseille Diaries

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When we left for Marseille on a Friday morning I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard a lot about the city and everyone seemed to think differently about the it. It ranged from ‘not worth seeing’ to ‘really interesting’ and despite hearing mixed reviews I knew that Marseille was the city in France I was most intrigued by and that I needed to see before heading home. So when we got on the Flixbus in Nice I was feeling really excited about the prospect of finally getting to visit Marseille. Can I just mention how amazing that bus was? I’ve been on good buses before but this one definitely exceeded all expectations, the comfort was better than on planes which are used for overnight flights. Anyway, when we finally arrived in Marseille after 2 and a half hours we first headed down to the harbour and I would strongly advise you to do the same if you ever visit because this place will make you fall in love with Marseille, no matter what happens next. I was blown away by the beauty and the vibrant atmosphere at the Vieux Port and the second I saw it I knew Marseille had made it onto my list of my favourite cities.

After wandering around for a bit we took the bus up to the famous church ‘Notre Dame de la Garde’ which also turned out to be the spot with the best view over the city. After taking plenty of photos (I’m guilty of always taking 150 pictures that look all the same in the end) we finally stepped inside and the interior certainly surprised me. I had expected it to be impressive but it was far more than that – the design was breathtaking and it somehow reminded me of oriental art. There were also ships hanging from the ceiling and the walls were covered by pictures showing various (fishing) boats. The Notre Dame de la Garde is supposed to be the protector of the city and as Marseille is a seaside town so it only makes sense that she was in charge of helping all the men safely reach the harbour many years ago. Having visited the most famous attraction of the city we headed back to the old harbour, enjoying a sandwich while bathing in the sun – I have definitely had worse views when eating lunch. When I say lunch I should probably add that this was at 4 pm and that it was indeed our second lunch. Oh well, travelling makes hungry. After lunch numéro deux we walked to the famous quarter of Cours Julien which is known for its outstanding street art. And yes, it was outstanding indeed. I could have easily spent all day just walking around admiring the art – my favourite piece was a sprayed painting of houses made of books. I want to move there. Right now. Who else is joining me?
Apart from the street art I really enjoyed the vibe of the city – some people say it is a bit dodgy and even though I could see why people said that I didn’t bother me that much – and it definitely felt safer than Cape Town, a city that is very close to my heart. And that I hardly ever felt unsafe in actually. Anyway, I loved seeing all those different cultures coming together and I really enjoyed how much culture this town had to offer – you could buy all kinds of food from the typical French cuisine to Turkish sweets and African products. Apart from Cours Julien I also fell in love with the oldest quarter of the city, Le Panier. Which, fun fact, basically translates to ‘the basket’. We just wandered around, took a look at la Vielle Charité and also visited the surrounding of the MUCEM, a museum that features the history of European civilisations. If I had had more time I would have surely paid it a visit, it looked very interested and I have heard that visiting it is a must but well, there is only so much you can do within 6 hours, right? Before taking the bus back to Nice we enjoyed dinner at the harbour, treating ourselves to a crêpe each. And a freshly pressed orange juice.

And while we took a last look at the city of Marseille we both vowed to come back one day and only leave again once we would have tried all the amazing little cafés and restaurants at the harbour (let’s keep dreaming). But in all honesty, Marseille has definitely conquered my heart and I can’t wait to go back one day and explore the city and all it has to offer.

Have you ever visited Marseille? x

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  • Kay

    You know how much I enjoy your travel posts, hun! 🙂 Marseille sounds lovely and what I like about it the most (something I've noticed right away) is the contrast in architecture… You get some beautiful, classical buildings and then some more urban architecture, also. And by the way, it looks like you got some wonderful weather there, also! 🙂 x x I'm guilty of the same thing with taking photos, by the way… Always end up taking tons of the same thing, maybe at a slightly different angle haha. 😀 <3 x Thanks for sharing!

    Kay
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  • Wow that harbour is beautiful and the views from that church are so amazing! When people describe a city in another country as a bit dodgy I actually find it a bit more interesting! Your blog is forever making me want to explore France!
    Amy xx
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  • Your photos are gorgeous, it sounds like you had an amazing time!

    Carolyn x
    Carolyn’s Simple Life

  • Oh my gosh! It looks amazing there!! Some of those buildings remind me of Florence, so beautiful. Look at the architecture and the interiors. Stunning!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  • Haven't really heard of Marseille before but your photos look lovely, Mira. I loved the one with the carousel the most! The interior of the church looks so good, as well. I love the golden hue of the interiors!

    xx, Richel Goes Places

  • Thank you, I'm really that you enjoy them! You're absolutely right, that's the most beautiful thing about Marseille, I didn't even notice that before you pointed it out! The weather was amazing indeed 🙂 haha I'm glad I'm not only one who constantly does that! xx

  • I'm glad I can inspire you a bit. 😉 And I'm the same, I always want to see for myself and contradict everyone's judgement haha xx

  • Thank you! xx

  • I have never been to Florence but I would love to go, I've heard it's stunning xx

  • Thank you! The church was one of my favourite sights for sure xx

  • I love how you keep mentioning these places I haven't heard of in France before! Marseille is so diverse in scenery. I'm also a fan of graffiti art on walls <3

    Stacey + thebambieyes.com

  • Marseille is an amazing city, I'm sure you would love it. xx

  • These places just scream WOW! The church interior, the rooftop views, wall and street arts- everything is just perfect! I hope to visit this city soon <3

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA // Beach bum

  • It is one of the best cities for sure! xx

  • amazing photos 🙂
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  • Love your travel posts, It's so nice to learn about these new places in France. The photos are stunning and so is the architecture. The harbour looks like a beautiful place to have a stroll down, looking forward to reading your next travel post. 🙂 xx

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  • I've never been to Marseilles, but these photos are amazing! Ooh, I would love a crepe right now!
    Aleeha xXx
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  • Thank you xx

  • Thank you very much, Heather! The next one will be about Venice 😉 xx

  • Thank you! <3

  • Haha me too actually xx

  • wow, fabulous pictures!

    Happy Wednesday Doll! Kisses,
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  • marseilles looks gorg through ur eyes! would love to visit!
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  • Wow, the street art looks incredible, I love how colorful the city looks! The harbor sounds like a lovely place, great photos! Thanks for sharing your experience here 🙂

    Eden | Mint Notion

  • I haven't been there yet, but actually I need to, since I am in love with France! I love all the photos you've taken, but my favorite is the church's architecture-interior, it is so beautiful and the detailing are awesome! <3

    xoxo,

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  • Thank you! xx

  • It is a gorgeous city! xx

  • You're welcome, I'm glad you liked it! xx

  • The church was absolutely stunning and maybe even my favourite thing of all. You really have to xx

  • Still so amazing! I love it. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  • I have been in Marseille once and since that time it's one of my favorite cities. Love the architecture, landscape and a lot of good street art of Marseille. Your pictures are really gorgeous and show perfectly this awesome place!

    jointyicroissanty

  • Oh, Marseille, you look so artsy and so rustic. This looks like such a unique city! street art, which I love, harbor, which I also love, cafes, which I love love love– all together! But honestly, those street art photos you took are excellent. I love when the walls of buildings tell a story. Also, you mentioned houses made of books. Soooo….when do we move?

    http://cynicalduchess.blogspot.com

  • Thank you you too! xx

  • Thank you, that means a lot! It is a really special city indeed xx

  • Well I'd say we are moving in as soon as possible – does Monday work for you? 😉 That was exactly my reaction haha I just loved everything about this city xx

  • I'm so jealous that you're travelling all around France! France is perfect, It's my dream country to live in!x

    AimeeSueXO
    Bloglovin

  • It is an amazing country! xx

  • These photos are just gorgeous! Marseille <3 I feel like most european travels and trips result in a bucketload of photos of a particular monument or landmark that all look the same in the end 😛

    Raashi
    reflectionswithraa.blogspot.com.au

  • Haha that's true actually! Thank you! ❤

  • Haha that's true actually! Thank you! ❤