Marseille Day 2 Afternoon

Trip Start May 02, 2008
Trip End May 05, 2008

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Upon returning from out train trip, we decided to walk to Palais Longchamp (well, we took the metor to Gare Saint-Charles, the main railway station first).

The Palais Longchamp is huge, with a number of steps to go up. There were a couple of bridal groups there, having there wedding photos taken. After admiring and exploring the front, we went through the top into the park behind and sat down for a drink.

The Palais Longchamp, built in 1862-69, stands at the entrance to the Longchamp park. Guarded by four stone lions, the entrance is a magnificent fountain complex, with raging bulls trying to clamber out of the top and flanked by wide stairs going up either side. This fine fountain is, in fact, a cunningly disguised water tower. The water tower and buildings that make up the Palais were built as a commemorative monument to the arrival of new canal bringing water from the Durance river.

During the afternoon we took another 'petite train' through Old Town (see map above - blue line)- which has very narrow streets. We also saw a number of sights including La Cathedrale de la Nouvelle Major.

This splendid cathedral was built under the orders of Napoleon III in the 19th century and cost an astonishing 14 million gold francs. Designed in the Romano-Byzantine style, it took over 20 years to raise the funds to finish the interior, which can hold a 3,000-strong congregation.

The 'petite train' only cost 5 euro each, each time, so it was really good value. After getting back, we returned to the hotel for a rest before going out again for dinner - luckily Matt knew the french word for chicken, as I had chicken and he had beef. We grabbed a McFlurry each from the local McDonalds for dessert on the journey back to the hotel. By this stage, I had discovered that I had gotten quite sunburnt throughout the day... ouch. Matt wasn't too bad. Although he got as much sun exposure as I did.

Look closely at the photos over each day and you'll see the sunburn process...
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