Notre Dame de la Garde Marseille
3 Nov 2011

Razip dropped me at the Aix bus station where I boarded the bus to Marseille which was about forty minutes away. The effects of  good food and bed is still there as I only realised that the bus has already reached Marseille Bus station. Good food has its disadvantages too but I’m not complaining here. Bought myself a ticket for the night bus ride to Barcelona. I found the Left Luggage center at the Railway Station but when I found out the prices I decided to walk around Marseille with my backpack.

Marseille Old Port

I started walking downtown and arrived at Old Port area. As it was late morning there were still a few stalls that selling fresh fishes. I roamed around the Old Port area and wanted to take a boat to one of the islands but the operator explained that I will not enjoy the trip as the weather was bad. It was really windy that day as I could feel myself being pushed sideways by the gushing wind. I was really lucky to get on the mini train service that took me all the way up to the Notre Dame de la Garde which is an ornate Neo Byzantine church that is located at the highest natural point in Marseille. The panoramic views of Marseille could be enjoyed from here. The service included driving around the old part of Marseille where we encountered descending on steep roads. The service was the last of the day as the winds were getting stronger and stronger by the minute. Lucky Me again…….

Old Port Area

Marseille is different from most parts of France that I visited. It shows with its’ population content where most of Marseille are immigrants from North Africa who settled here centuries ago.  Among the famous sons of Marseille is Zinadine Zidane the former captain of the Frances’ football team. After the mini train ride I walked around until the New Port and I got lost for a while which I enjoyed.  I stopped to have a nice Kebab (again) before returning to the Bus Station

Marseille Bus Station and Railway Station

The bus departed Marseille at 10 pm and when I woke up I found myself already at the Barcelona Nord bus station in Barcelona.


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