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When we want to go for a stroll in Marseilles – in French, Marseille – we usually choose a sunny Sunday. Parking is free on this day, traffic generally flows freely and the inhabitants are more relaxed. The photos in this article come from three different excursions. Place your mouse arrow in any picture to read the date when it was taken.
Early in the morning, we park near the Vieux Port (Old Harbour), the heart of the city.
At the end of the Vieux Port, the young fishmonger is much more attractive than her stuff, isn’t she?
Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde (Our Lady of the Watch) basilica, affectionately nicknamed “la Bonne Mère” (the Good Mother), overlooks and protects the whole city.
We go on board a ship bound to Frioul Islands, located about four kilometres west from the Provençal metropolis.
Pharo palace, at the entrance of the Vieux Port.
At the other side, here is la Major Cathedral.
We go past If island and its famous castle.
After a twenty minutes’ voyage, it’s already time to disembark. The two main Frioul islands, Pomègues and Ratonneau, were linked together with the Berry dyke, built in 1822, which transformed this anchorage into a real harbour.
From Pomègues fort, you have a very nice view of the island.
The bay of Marseilles and the isle of If, seen from Pomègues.
We have picnic in a small rocky inlet on Pomègues island. Wonderful views musn’t prevent you to look also at your feet. Here are two queer but pretty bugs.
Lots of sea birds dwell on these islands. They are not very shy, so you can take good pictures easily.
Now we cross the Berry dyke. At the foot of the Ratonneau fort, a dip in St.Estève rocky inlet is a must in the afternoon heat.
If island seen from Ratonneau.
This gorgeous panorama looks like a Greek landscape.
Yes, Greece, in Marseilles’s waters. But didn’t the Phocaeans found the city? The “temple” is the chapel of the former quarantine Caroline hospital (XIXth century).
Another view from Ratonneau island.
The strange graveyard sighted from the foot of the Ratonneau fort is not a real one. It’s a fortification built by the Germans during WWII, who abandoned it unfinished when they had to retreat.
You musn’t pick this rare flower called lis maritime (sea lily), which puts up with this arid rocky sunburnt setting.
See you soon once again, Frioul islands! Marseilles, you like it or you don’t. I do. Anyway, its magnificent scenery can’t leave you unmoved. Huberaime