Musée d'Histoire de Marseille
The Musée d'Histoire de Marseille is a must visit if you want to better know how the city has evolved along the ages. It is close to the Canebière Avenue and behind the "Bourse de Commerce". I cannot remember the fee but it is low and free over 60 years old.
The ticket allows to visit not only the museum but also the "Jardin des vestiges" (all the following general tips)
In the museum, this reconstructed model of amphora, cut by the middle, shows how small fishes were arranged in salt that allowed keeping them edible for several month. It has been done following the remains in actual amphora found in wrecked ships.
La Cité Radieuse, the shops, bar and restaurant
The Cité Radieuse was thought as a unit of living and it should have been possible to live entirely inside, not having to go outside. The third and fourth levels were shopping malls. There were all kinds of shops. Along the time, most have closed and are now apartments. They have closed at the same time than, in the city centers, small proximity shops have closed as people preferred more and more to make their shopping in supermarkets, on the outskirts of the cities.
In the Cité Radieuse remain only a "Boulangerie Patisserie" (Baker and Pastry shop) that embalms the air with baking bread scents and a hotel, restaurant and bar. Look at my hotel tip and at my restaurant tip.
The bar works as a small city bar, with regular visitors. The restaurant has not many customers (on our visit, we were the only ones) but every week-end, they organize special events. The owners and managers live in the building and are obviously great admirers of Le Corbusier. There are a lot of Le Corbusier data, books, etc on display in the bar.
Al fresco french
La Cantine is situated just off the Quai de Rive Neuve side of the Vieux Port of Marseilles. The menu is not large, but big enough to give a decent choice. I ordered an Aloyau grillé (rumpsteak) which duly arrived "bleu", just as I had ordered it, with accompanying roast tomatos and potatos. Delicious. My two friends ordered pasta: Penne au Figatelli, and Penne aux Artichauts, which both said were delicious too; we drank a red "La Minotte", which was very drinkable. Good coffee too. The bill for three came to 71 euros, 15.80 of which was wine. Recommended.
Might be good to take the bus up here!
This basilica was built during the 1800s, and sits on a hill which gives it a dominating presence over the entire city. The belfry is topped by a golden statue of the Virgin Mary.
We climbed the hill on foot...we had no choice, as it was the day of the general strike. It was worth it, though, given the view and the beautiful interior. Check out some of my other photos!