Flora and Fauna
The Calanques are actually pretty bare, but if you look closer you will find the most interesting plants there. The sight of huge bushes of rosemary was awesome, and some of the plants were unknown to me - but thanks to VT member Jean Louis (JLBG) I can give you the exact names.
First is the scientific name, second the French names(s) and third an English translation:
Photo 1: Quercus coccifera, chêne lermès, kermes oak. Kermes is also the name of cochineals that parasite this tree and that, in the past, were extracted to give kermes, a red dye
Photo 2: Sedum litoreum, orpin du littoral, littoral houseleek
Photo 3: Pinus halepensis, pin d'Alep, Alep pine
Photo 4: Arbutus unedo, arbousier or arbre à fraises, strawberries tree. The berries are edible though not very tasty
Photo 5: a pine on top but I cannot say what are the bushes underneath.
Thanks, JLBG - this has been fantastic!!!
Here is also an interesting website about the Calenques
There seems to be a shortage of launderettes in Marseille. I would suggest you bring clothes which if they need washing, don't take long to dry and don't crease (silk shirts are perfect). Also a piece of string and some pegs so you can utilise the balcony when you are out.
There are many bus lines and the network is dense enough to reach easily any place in the city. Of course, as it has to cope with the traffic jams, it is not as fast as the metro but it is its perfect complement. It is possible to get a day pass (4 €uros) for bus and metro.
BUY A MARSEILLE CITY PASS....
Oh, yes, it is wise to treat yourself to the Marseille CITY PASS....
For 1 day it will cost you some 16 euro and for 2 days some 23 euro.
This CITY PASS gives free access to 14 museums, you can visit Chateau d'If, have a guided tour, use LE PETIT TRAIN TOURISTIQUE to the Notre Dame de la Garde, free access to metro, bus and tramway in Marseille and much more....it is very worthwhile!!
The boat trip to Chateau d'If is a real pleasure....
You can buy this Pass at the Tourist office, for address see below....
Arc de Triumph in Marseille
Like Paris, there is an Arc de Triumph in Marseilles. However this one is much smaller and you can not enter the monument and climb to the top. Its sits on a beautiful hill area not far from the train station.