Photo Essay: Marseille


Luc de Schepper

Last week my wife and I went on a citytrip to Marseille. We booked a cheap flight with Easyjet and an apartment on Airbnb. This city has a bad reputation of being neglected, run-down and criminal. In an objective comparison with gracious cities like Cannes and Nice our choice for a citytrip loses out by a far margin. Marseille is still mostly raw, dirty but also authentic. For sure there are some nice looking areas like the old harbour and the Corniche but most of the town looks crap. That's the reason Marseille is not very popular with tourists. This has a positive side as the people of Marseille are friendly and justly proud of their city. Public transport by tram, bus and metro is very good and cheap (buy a City Pass from the Tourist Office!) We were lucky to have sunny weather during our stay. 

 

All images shot with a Fuji X100 and processed from Jpeg Astia setting.

 

Most areas are covered with street art and graffiti.

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Some more street art.

 

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And an intermezzo.

 

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Behind the old harbour is the district Le Panier with all kind of workshops and vintage shops.


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Near the harbour the buildings are pretty with less street art and graffiti.

 

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The Vieux Port (old harbour, not the place where the cruise ships moor) was destroyed during WWII but beautifully rebuilt.

This place is the eye-catcher of the town and many tourists only visit this area (my advice; look beyond that).

Lots of restaurants and bars along the harbour, not cheap but the quality of the food is good to excellent (my advice; also check out the back- and side-alleys for nice and cheaper restaurants).

In front is a mirror pavilion designed by world famous architect Norman Foster.

From the harbour ships leave for the excursions along the beautiful mediterranean shore.

 

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Ferry to cross the harbour, a ride only takes about 1 minute! At the hill on top of the town the basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde.

 

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The harbour is the place for strolling and giving new meaning to the phrase "walking the dog".

 

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In 2013 the MuCEM (Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean) was built en connected by a walking bridge to the renovated Fort Saint-Jean.

On this side of the city this makes for a very nice walk along the harbour to Fort Saint-Jean, to MuCEM/Villa Méditerranée and Cathédrale de la Major.

Public transport is well organised and City Passes which include free public transport can be bought from the Tourist Office near the harbour.

 

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The final part of this photo essay has some images shot during a boat trip to Les Calanques.

This is the rocky shoreline with beautiful creeks and beaches, and of course the fantastic colour of the Mediterranean.

 

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I think Marseille is an excellent destination for a citytrip. It's not as overcrowded as more popular cities like Barcelona and Rome and has a lot to offer.

Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoyed this post.

 

 


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Wonderful photos, Luc! Thanks for allowing Fotozones to publish this. :) 

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Wonderful pictures.  

 

I do prefer 'real' places rather than the more artificial feel of somewhere too touristy.

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Interesting series, Luc, thanks for posting.  I had not thought of Marseilles as a place to visit, and you have changed my mind.

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Wonderful series Luc

 

Great examples of the diversity of architecture 

 

Rags

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Thanks all for the nice comments! Interesting places and cities are an inspiration for me as a photographer and Marseille scored high on this. 

I hope this photo essay inspired you (as it obviously did for Anthony, thanks for that) to visit not so obvious cities.

I'm also happy with my choice for the Fuji X100. I needed some time to renew my friendship with this - quirky - camera but I'm glad I chose it for this trip.

 

 

 

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this is an excellent view onto this city - congrats and thanks for sharing

I have been there several times and like it very much

 

at the old port the "original bouillabaise" restaurants are located,

as this was the food for workers, made of the rest of the not sold fish

today this is over there a very expensive business and tourist food

 

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Thanks! You’re right about the bouillabaise, we looked for it and agreed it was way too expensive. Instead we bought some delicious paella at the market and had a great meal. My wife works in tourism, she knows how to avoid tourist traps/food :)

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Hi, Luc, thanks for the report with lots of beautiful images well worth appreciating!

 

I'm always interested in visiting not-so-obvious places, but I'm surprised to know that Marseille is not a popular place among the tourists.  I took it for granted that Marseille would be one of the most popular cities in the southern regions of France along with Cannes and Nice: that's the origin of the French national anthem!

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love your take on the world and love your take on Marsellie. Love yiour and my X100 too. Keep going strong!

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What an excellent series! A uniformly high standard, but 23 is a standout.

To all: Visit Marseille by all means, but be aware that it is a tough city with a high rate of petty crime.

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Wow!  Excellent set Luc ... but I expected no less from you.  :)

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