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... that brought Martha, Mary, Lazarus (Patron Saint of Marseille) and others to Saintes-Maries de la Mer in Provence. Every 2 Feb (Candlemas) at 6am, the Archbishop of Marseille stands at the Abbey of St Victor and blesses both the city and the first batch of navettes to come out of the oven. We dutifully bought some navettes, but thought them very uninteresting!
The Palais de la Bourse, now the Chamber of Commerce, is a lovely building. ...
... powers and so far we have found free parking on the street. Let's see if
The city is charming and is the home of Cezanne's art studio. If we lean out of the window
we can see Mount Victoire which plays a big part in many of Cezanne's paintings.
The city is also known for having wonderful markets most days of the week.
Arrived to a dead & black alley; awoke to a market-place. It was Saturday morning after all. Found the local map with 3 historic walking trails, and as the old town is tiny, did two of them; and included the hike up to Notre Dame de la Garde. Via the amazing fortress protecting the eastern side of the port. Views down were great, though the light a little bright. Had a ...
We took the free local trains down to Marsielle in the morning. The train ride was a pleasant one, we passed fields of corn, sunflowers and fruit trees, all harvested by farmers wearing big straw hats and emerging from terracotta roofed farmhouses. Closer to Marseille we spotted the water and the first of the super yachts. Marseille harbour was a mess of white masts and French flags. We had been looking forward to Marseille- I had ...
... boats. They clean their fish, chop their eels for all to see - you can't get fresher than this.
It has Notre Dame El La Garde perched on the hilltop and we took a funny little road train up the hill.
The town has several forts guarding the entrance to the harbour.
After visiting Notre Dame we lunched on fish soup, lemon tart and wine, yummy. Most of the shops were closed because ...