Still abandoning Paris… for a while.
My trip in the south continued in the direction of Marseille. Here are some general views of the water front, around the “Vieux Port “ and some landmarks… the Cathedral, the Notre-Dame-de la Garde Basilica, the cupola of the former almshouse “La Vielle Charité”, the Town Hall.
Marseille - and the surrounding Provence region - is a European Capital of Culture in 2013. New museums and temporary exhibition space have been built, to a large extent to be found on the waterfront.
The inner part of the “Vieux Port” has got a mirror roof, a nice place to hide on from too hot sun (or possibly rain).
The result of these efforts seems to be that the city centre, including the “Canebière”, is full of visitors; good for the city.
The entrance to the 19th century music hall “Alcazar” has been saved, but it now opens to a municipal library.
What I personally prefer is to walk around on the narrow streets in the old quarters, feel the atmosphere, possibly eat a local (thin, excellent) pizza, possibly have a pastis…
After Marseille, with the sun setting, we followed the coast in the direction of La Ciotat.
With blogger and travel friend Alain we were invited by a new friend, Sylvie, met during our recent Senegal cruise.
An important shipyard at La Ciotat was closed in 1987, but some of the infrastructure remains as some kind of memorial. New naval activities specializing in yachting is progressively taking over the space. Some nice examples of yachts of all sizes can be found in the port.
La Ciotat also offers some wonderful “criques” (see also top picture)...
… and, behind the port, some nice old streets and alleys.
The Lumière brothers, who invented cinematography, had their summer residence in La Ciotat and some of the world’s first movies (1895) were filmed here,..
... e.g. “The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat”…
… and the world’s first movie comedy, “The Sprinkler Sprinkled”.
One afternoon we took a tour to the hinterland, visiting medieval villages like Le Castellet, La Cadière-d’Azur… surrounded by the Bandol vineyards.