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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Marseille December 29th 2018

Marseille is the oldest city in France. It is the second largest city, besides it is France’s busiest cruise and cargo port. In addition, this is the place where France’s national anthem ¨La Marseillaise¨ was created. I know most of you after having read the first paragraph asked: ¨Why did Global Wanderluster mention cruise …in Marseille?, Is this blog post for cruise passengers?”. Well, part of my job experience involved ship work which allowed me to visit and explore ports around the world (whenever the ship stayed longer on the port) I visited Marseilles for the first time in 2016 as a crew member to do dry dock for the company’s new ship which was christened one month later, so after duty I managed to go ashore and... read more
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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Marseille October 9th 2018

Day 3 - France’s second biggest city in the south, couldn’t be more different than the biggest one, Paris. Marseille is a melting pot culture and a vibrant arts scene. It’s beauty mostly doesn’t come from big, prestigious buildings, but rather from small alleyways, colorful houses and centuries of history. It’s the city of Bouillabaisse, a favorite seafood stew. “The Chateau D If” prison castle was the setting for the movie The Count Of Monte Cristo. Cant wait to have dinner tonight, we made reservation at one of the specialty restaurant. Dinner. The service was great. Open bar, had two glasses of wine and two shot of single mall on the rocks. Lol! So awesome ! The night was spent watching and listening to a show with a Filipino band performing to the music of Mowtown. ... read more
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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Marseille October 7th 2018

Arriving direct from the wide avenues we had walked along in Lyon, our first impression of Marseille was that it seemed just a bit more edgy and gritty. The walk from the Gare Saint Charles down to the Vieux Port and La Panier wasn't far. About 1.4 km. Not scary at all (despite a lot of the publicity about the area), just a little more life and movement, much narrower streets, a bit more litter about and a more diverse population. We refined this impression as we moved about some parts of the city but we didn't move too far away. It may be the weather that has been great for most of our week here but that, combined with the life of the city, made Marseille a European city that we could easily live in. ... read more
When you can't plant olive trees in the ground - at Vieux Port
Didn't think it was that hot
Street cleaning team below our window

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Marseille September 30th 2017

Bonjour à tous. Si vous êtes un habitué du blog des ailesdepoulet, vous aurez remarqué que les choses ont changé. En effet, Travelpod a décidé de fermer leur site. J'ai tout juste eu le temps de sauvegarder mes vieux blogs (dans un fichier au format obscur et à l'utilité douteuse). On essaie donc Travelblog... ceci dit, n'étant pas d'un naturel à mon affaire, j'ai attendu au 27 (date du départ) pour chercher un nouveau site de blog. J'ai pris le premier que j'ai trouvé. On verra bien ce que ça va donner. Parlant du jour de départ, cette année avec Romy, Geneviève était un peu plus stressée, j'ai décidé de rester là la maison le jour du départ. Le plan est de travailler de la maison tout en donnant un coup de main à Geneviève pour ... read more
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Waking up at the crack of dawn (because our apartment is floor to ceiling windows and no blinds..at all (has made getting changed an interesting experience). We headed out after tea and brekky on Saturday 29th, walked along the port vieux with all it's boats and found that Marseille had it's own ferris wheel - which is becoming almost as much of a habit as going to Hard Rock Cafes! So we hopped on, this one has the added adventure of being open, and having the twisty pole thing in the middle so you can turn your carriage. WHS anyone? We got a great view of the whole port, the rooftops (which are decidedly more mediterranean than Paris, and Notre Dame De La Garde. It was a great warm day of 19 or 20 degrees so ... read more
Marseille Port
Me on the Ferris Wheel
A Mocktail at hard Rock Cafe Marseille

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Marseille November 20th 2016

îles du Frioul, Marseille! Words are not enough to describe the beauty and serenity of this place. Holidaying in the south of France is a much sought after vacation. So, while I was in the country, I decided to give it a shot. I made a day trip out of it on a Saturday in October. I took the TGV from Lyon Part Dieu to Marseille. My plan was not to explore the city but to see the calanque. What is a calanque? You will see for youself in the photos I post here. I had rather a panic attack at Lyon Part Dieu since I could not find the correct car I needed to board on the train to Marseille. So I plunged headlong into the closest car to avoid missing my train. I found ... read more
Calanque!
Calanque 2
French Riviera

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Marseille September 22nd 2016

Day 12 Marseilles Marseilles is a lovely place. I did a sightseeing tour. It was probably the most disappointing tour of the trip. No, not that it failed to deliver; it was absolutely what it said it was, ‘The top 10 sights in Marseille.’ The only thing was I didn’t know what was a good commentary and knowledge of the area and which were the ‘sights’. There was only one stop where we could get out and explore, making the ‘sights’ more of a glimpse if you happened to be on the wrong side of the bus. The one stop we had was at the Notre Dame Cathedral looking over Marseille and it’s coast from the top of a hill. The view is beautiful. Army fellas with machine guns stood guard at the church, as they ... read more
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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Marseille September 15th 2016

Weather today was glorious again after last night’s violent storm (which knocked our electric off). Now cooler though, nearer 24 than 30 and set to stay that way for lots more days. Lovely. Never thought much about Marseille except as a place to avoid driving through which we’ve had to do twice. The guide book didn’t tell us much so our trip today was a rather lovely surprise. We caught the train from Arles station - €30 return for both of us which is a pretty good price as it’s at least 50 miles to Marseille. Train took 45 minutes with only 2 stops, one at the airport and then we were in the centre of this enormous very cosmopolitan city. We had no idea what to expect and no map and never did find a ... read more
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Do Marsylii jechaliśmy z duszą na ramieniu - straszeni przez media rzekomą "sodomą i gomorą" w wykonaniu imigrantów i kibiców-huliganów oraz przez właścicielkę domu, w którym wynajęliśmy pokój na dwie noce, zgrajami złodziei i kieszonkowców czyhających na drobną chwilę nieuwagi. W rzeczywistości drugie co do wielkości miasto Francji straszyło nieco na przedmieściach, jednak w centrum, wciąż uważając na dobytek, czuliśmy się bezpiecznie. Okazało się to złudne, bo jak się okazało, grupa Portugalczyków siedząca przy sąsiednim stole w pubie została niepostrzeżenie okradziona. Lokalna policja jest w takich przypadkach bezradna... Mając dużo czasu przed meczem, postanowiliśmy odwiedzić słynną Bazylikę Notre-Dame de la Garde, do której trzeba było się wspiąć - najpierw na wzgórze, później pokonując jeszcze kilkadziesiąt schodów. Dodaj... read more
Marsylia - droga na Notre-Dame de la Garde
Widok z Notre-Dame de la Garde na Stade Velodrome
Notre-Dame de la Garde - panorama Marsylii


Marseille has always had a sense of intrigue about it; France's oldest city is like nowhere else in the country, with its passionate people and its rough-'n-ready edginess. For me, its role in two of the best crime/spy thrillers of all time in The French Connection and The Bourne Identity only added to the city's allure. Dirty and dangerous were two words I had heard used to describe Marseille a few years ago and it is not really on the backpacker trail, which is why I gave it a miss on my initial backpacking sortie through Europe- but the city has apparently had something of a renaissance, so now it was time to make amends. The HI hostels were the only ones that I could find space at and I think I now why in the ... read more
Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
Palais de Longchamp
Les Calanques




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