The Jardin des Vestiges
The quays were made of material taken from previous Greek buildings. Remains of the Roman city walls can still be seen. The "Jardin des Vestiges" have been arranged as a pleasant and peaceful place where to wander, close to the busy Canebière.
Instead of travelling by train,the bus (navette) from Saint Charles bus station in Marseille is cheaper,twice quicker and more frequent.
This picture shows the popular confectioner's La Cure Gourmande in Place de l'Hotel de Ville.There is another shop of La C.Gourmande in Marseille,19 rue La Canebière.
I flew from London with a stop...
I flew from London with a stop in Lyon for 55 pounds.
Within Marseille it was nice to walk but, you will be using the metro or the buses at some point. It's standard French transport so one ticket works on everything. The trains run an excellent south coast service and I recommend day trips to Montpellier and Nice.
make a boat trip to calanques
The calanques are inlets and bays created out of the cliffs between Marseilles and Cassis in southwestern France. They may be viewed by boat or by hiking. Make sure that if you are hiking, you come prepared with hat, sunscreen, and fresh water, especially in the summer when temperatures can soar. Walk along the waterfront of Cassis to look for the various boat tours offered to the calanques which are a short distance away. The trip can be taken virtually all day and the boats take travelers to either 3, 5, or 8 calanques in less than two hours. Of course, if you want to drive the car to a hiking trail and walk down to a calanque, you will have the leisure time to relax, swim, or picnic.
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Notre Dame de la Garde Cathedral
In 1214, the abbot of St Victor allowed a hermit, Master Peter, to construct a chapel on this hill. He quite naturally called it the Chapel de la Garde, the name of the hill on which there was a watch tower. Over the years this chapel became a pilgrimage for Christians. In 1477 a new chapel was built on the site of the old one.
Frangais I had a fort built on the la Garde mountain and had the chapel, which was consecrated in 1544, altered and enlarged. On the door of the fort, which together with the drawbridge has been conserved, can still be seen the coat of arms of Francais I, three fleurs de lys and the salamander.
s4In 1853 a new church was built, but only after much discussion. Indeed, the Ministry of War had to befpersuaded to abandon the fort and accept that a cathedral be constructed in its place. The architect Esperandieu, also designer of the Major cathedral, built it in the same Roman Byzantine style. The basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde was consecrated on the 4th June 1864.
It has been given the popular name of "Bonne Mere" or "Good Mother" over the centuries by the pilgrims who sought its protection. This is the slightly unconventional but very significant name under which the local population continue to venerate their church. The building was crowned by the virgin and child's statue on the 21st June 1931 in the presence of 300,000 people. Whether Marseilles is approached from the sea or the land this immense statue dominates and seems to cast its protection over the city.