Vieux Port, Marseille
I have not been to Marseille since 1964, and at that time I was transiting by boat back and forth to the aircraft carrier that my husband was serving on. So I have various photos of the waterfront, lighthouses and aids to navigation. I have identified two photos of Fort Saint-Jean, a 1644 lighthouse which was inactive even when I saw it. It was built by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem by the order of Louis XIV as a watch tower. It is on the quay south of the Passe de la Joliette. I have a photo of a channel marker buoy with the aircraft carrier in the background. And I have a photo of Feu de Sainte-Marie a lighthouse from 1855 which is floodlit at night although it is inactive. This is a round stone tower
Fondest memory: But the black and white lighthouse above has been more of a problem. I think this is Tourelle du Canoubier, which is now yellow and black. The top of the tower is rounded and carries a black double-diamond daymark on a short mast. This is the oldest French beacon to be built at sea on an underwater foundation. It is located about 180 m (600 ft) southwest of the Feu de Sourdaras, off the Pointe d'Endoume;
Quite close to the old Port, I came across this beautiful old fashioned Carousel and Admission Box.
I was really impressed that Carousels as beautiful as this one are still around. In Australia, they are a thing of the past, only modern ones operating now, and such a shame.
The one at Marseille, was double story, and had many nice paintings inside and on the outside of the Carousel. It was a piece of Art!
Children would love a ride on it and I would too!
Its a small walking town and you will be able to cover it with leisure in 1.5-2 days, 1 day is also possible but I would not recommend it.
1st day can be spent in the old town, take a guided tour from the tourist information centre near Vieux port and evening can be spent on the beach.
Next day the other side of the Vieux port covering the Notre Dame de la Garde area.
Fondest memory: very big town with lot of food options are available
Favorite thing: After strolling around the harbour, we were all getting a bit fatigued (gosh we're getting to be old poops) so decided to hop on the little ferry boat which takes you back to the other side. It was a short, but fun way to cross over.
Favorite thing: It was a beautiful sunny afternoon the day we were in Marseille. We mostly visited the Harbour area. We strolled around the Harbour, had a glass of wine at one of the many outdoor patios and just basicly enjoyed ourselves. Wim didn't want to walk all the way back to the other side, so we took the Ferry-Boat CESAR across the Harbour to where we started from.
Favorite thing: Hans, Wim and I just loved taking a stroll along THE OLD HARBOUR. It was an exciting, busy place and a hub of activity. There were lots of shops, restaurants and outdoor patios. An excellent place to people watch.
Without a doubt, the place you cannot miss in Marseille is the Old Port. It is the heart of this crazy old city, at the end of the Canebiere and linking the old Greek town Massilia to the sea. For the best views, walk along the southern edge of the harbour and up to the Parc du Pharo, which offers spectacular views of Marseille, the mountains and the sea.
Fondest memory: When the sky is deep blue and the Mistral wind is charging towards the sea, it's great fun being up at the Pharo, right in the firing line of the 'sacre vent'!
the taste of Marseille is the taste of the sea, and bouillebaisse is the dish. This consists of fish, and is more of a casserole than a soup. You can of course make your own with authentic Marseillaise fresh fish, bought from one of many market stands that dot the Old Port in the mornings.
This is my friend Carol not wanting to be anywhere near the smelly fish!!
The Vieux Port is an ideal place for hanging about, with a glass of red wine, not doing anything but looking at the passers-by.
That's all you need after having climbed up the stairs to Notre-Dame de la Garde.
Favorite thing: I don't know much about the city, but think the more interesting part of it lies around the old port; and they have quite a nice beach though I didn't go to swim there, it was kind of enclosed with a fence, perhaps one has to pay for it? I don't know.
Favorite thing: Walk round the Vieux-port and taste the unique unFrench atmosphere. This is mainly due to the large mix of backrounds from being a main entry poihnt from North Africa.
Favorite thing: The original harbour at Marseilles is called the VIEUX-PORT or OLD PORT. Many ocean vessels go in and out of the harbour every year.