Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Vacation! Part 5b Marseille in the Day

We had quite a lot to do and see in our day in Marseille. With some good planning we were able to see all that we had set out for, while still getting in some relaxing Starbucks (!) and gelato time as well. 
Vieux Port

First thing in the morning we headed to the Vieux Port to catch the ferry boat out to Chateau d'If, which is on a small little island. Chateau d'If is also the setting for the Counte de Monte Cristo, the famous work of Alexandre Dumas. Because we had taken the first boat out, we had the place almost completely to ourselves. That and it was free since the ticket taker lady hadn't shown up so they were short staffed and elected to run the gift shop rather than the ticket sales.

Caitlin, Me and Catriona

The inner courtyard



Chateau d'If and Me
After being back on the main land, we walked around the Vieux Port, headed to a pretty church that ended up being closed, soaked up the sun and got some delicious gelato. After that we head to the bus stop to Notre Dame de la Garde. The church sits up on a hill, overlooking Marseille and the port. While we had just come from the Alps, the towns had sat in valleys and it seemed that Marseille was trying to break our quads.

I'm so glad we were able to get the bus up, as even the walk back down the hill later was killing us. More importantly, Notre Dame de la Garde was one of the most unique cathedrals I had ever seen. It had hanging mobile type items with boats all over, as I believe that it was the place of worship for many sailors.
Looking at Notre Dame de la Garde from Chateau d'If





Starting the long walk down...

The final kick to our quads- the steps up into the train station

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