26th September 2014
I was off early to devote another day to a tour in the city. I began at the Palais Longchamp.
The Palais Longchamp is a monument that houses the city’s musee des beaux-arts and natural history museum. The surrounding park (the Parc Longchamp) is listed by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the notable gardens of the France.
On my way back to the old town, I saw a funny zoo. It is the name and not an adjective I used to describe it. Seeing colourful animals was funny indeed. It is difficult to understand the motivation behind this fun though.
In the old town I saw the La Vieille Charite museum. La Vieille Charite in the Panier is an architecturally significant building designed by the Puget brothers. The central baroque chapel is situated in a courtyard lined with arcaded galleries. Originally built as an almshouse, it is now home to an archeological museum and a gallery of African and Asian art, as well as bookshops and a café. It also houses the Marseille International Poetry Centre.
Next to this museum was a fish-spa. I entered only to see what it was. I ended up having first hand experience of it. Fishes biting your feet! Yes, that is a fish spa. Fishes supposedly eat the germs not visible to eyes. Because they eat so much, you could actually see their size growing. (Fish spa can go on for a good 30 minutes, enough time for a fish to grow to a notable size)
Alleys and passages in the old town were beautiful and bore marks of the old times.
I saw a bike hanging below a window. I had never seen such a thing before.
Marseille Cathedral Cathédrale de la Major) is a cool Roman Catholic cathedral near the port of Marseille and a national monument of France. I basked there on a bench.
I bought some souvenirs in the old town market.
I met Sabi at the white church near the port at 6:30 pm. We went to pick up Marylise at her work. While waiting for her, I saw this interesting sculpture with a prank.
Together, we went to the infamous hill of Marseille to see the Sunset.
Notre-Dame de la Garde (literally Our lady of the Guard) is a Catholic basilica at the highest natural point in Marseille (490 feet) which happens to be a neat, beautiful hill. Most notable thing about this church is the drawbridge which I found really cool. The golden statue of Virgin Mary and the baby jesus is quite remarkable as well.
The view of Marseille was awesome from the hill. We had taken beers with us and spent the most pleasurable evening watching Sunset and drinking beer.
A little touch of madness was given with a shadow play we attempted when it was dark and a spot light was on our way (literally and figuratively).
For dinner we went to a restaurant of Marylise’s choice. It was next to her school. “Chickpeas with couscous” was quite a mouth-watering dish. Mazepein was the sweet-most dessert I had ever had. End of the day could not have been sweeter!
(to be continued…)