Tour de France–Marseille

On our second day in France, we drove from our hotel in Aix-en-Provence to Marseille.  Sitting on the Mediterranean Sea coast, it is the second largest city in France & their largest and most important port. 

We started our tour of Marseille near the Villa Méditerranée and the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM).  The museum was opened in 2013 and both buildings sit at the entrance to the old port. 


On the other side of the port entrance is the Palais du Pharo, a palace built by Napolean III in 1858 for his wife, Eugénie de Montijo.


Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille (Marseille Cathedral).  It was originally built in the 12th century and then parts were demolished and new construction began on the current cathedral in the 1850’s. 

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Sitting high above Marseille’s old port, is the city’s famous landmark, the NotreDame de la Garde, a Catholic basilica.


From the port, we walked towards the main shopping areas.  We had lunch at Galeries Lafayette, one of France’s famous department stores and then did a bit of shopping!  It was a beautiful day, with blue skies and lots of sunshine.  I read that Marseille has the most number of sunny days of all the cities in France.  

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There is definitely more to see in Marseille but I think we saw the highlights!

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