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Marseille is one of France’s south coast top cities!
I only stayed for 1 and a half day so I only get to see a part of the city.
What to see?
- Notre-Dame de la Garde or Bonne Mère
A 19th-century Romano-Byzantine basilica built by architect Espérandieu in the hills to the south of the Old Port. It’s outside the city centre but worth seeing because not only offers a spectacular panoramic view of Marseille but also the decoration inside is quite different than the usual church: boats, planes, war medals and so on are all around the ceiling and walls.
I went walking and almost died in the way (it was a burning 15 or 16 July…) The worst thing was that in the middle of my way up I saw a BUS! Omg, you can’t imagine my face when I saw it.
The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations was inaugurated on 2013 when Marseille was designated as the European Capital of Culture.
“One museum, three sites”
The MuCEM encompasses three sites: the J4 building (Rudy Ricciotti’s and Roland Carta’s symbolic architectural creation), the Fort Saint-Jean (restored historical monument) and the CRR (Centre for Conservation and Resources) houses the museum’s collections.
The Marseille Soap Museum, 25 Quai de Rive Neuve
When in Marseille, do not forget about the soap
Along the Viex Port, there were tons of souvenirs shops selling Savon de Marseille but I decided to go to the museum and guess what? I got to see all the process of making soap and stamped my name on the soap =D
- What to eat?
I tried some traditional Navettes, which are small biscuits in the form of small boats, in different flavours: olive oil, lavender and lemon. They were super good and très jolie!