Since we decided to disturb I. and go to her in Aix en Provence, we had only 4 hours to spend in Marseilles – too little for the big city, as we were to find out. The bus left us at Saint Charles station, where a big platform awaits you to wonder about the greatness of the city and, especially, of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

From the train station we’ve headed to the old city center, which is transformed mostly in a bohemian neighborhood, with all kinds of handmade art shops. After we enjoyed a typical french lunch menu (you know it’s typical when the wine is included), we wandered around the Port Vieux area. And for the first time in many years we took a touristic train, which made a tour of the harbor and drove us to the enormous basilica, residing at 160 m, on the top of a pretty expensive neighborhood from Marseilles. I never understood why french are using so much gold in their buildings and, after the extravagant Versailles, now we were just unimpressed by the gold statue of Virgin Mary. More charming were the surrounding images filled with small buildings ending into gorgeous mountains.

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