Eight Hours in Marseille

On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, we had an appointment with the Swiss Consulate in Marseille for the purpose of renewing our passports (now that they're biometric, this has to be done in person). We took the train in the morning, arriving in Marseille just after 10 o'clock in the morning. We descended the famous steps leading form the Saint-Charles railway station into town and started exploring. We hadn't been to Marseille, the third-largest city in France, in a number of years and we were impressed with how the area around the old harbor had been developed. In 2013, Marseille was European Capital of Culture and the city invested some 600 million Euros in its cultural infrastructure for the occasion.

Our appointment was in the early afternoon, and this gave us plenty of time to walk around the harbor area, enjoy a tasty lunch, and walk around some more after our passport applications had been duly submitted. All the photos on this page were taken with our Fujifilm X100S camera, a perfect choice when one wants to travel light.

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10:05 a.m.: Arriving in Marseille's 'Saint-Charles' station Going down the famous steps by the station

10:05 a.m.: Arriving in Marseille's Saint-Charles station

Going down the famous steps by the station


Walking down the 'Boulevard Dugommier' On the famous 'Canebière'
Walking down the Boulevard Dugommier
On the famous Canebière


The 'Marché des Capucins'... ...is a farmer's market where mostly locals shop.

The Marché des Capucins...

...is a farmer's market where mostly locals shop.


Taking a break Local food shop

Taking a break

Local food shop


Colorful paella Heading toward the 'Rue Vacon'

Colorful paella

Heading toward the Rue Vacon


Fruit vendor Street market on the 'Rue Halle Delacroix'

Fruit vendor

Street market on the Rue Halle Delacroix


The 'Opéra de Marseille' Playing the piano in front of the opera house

The Opéra de Marseille

Playing the piano in front of the opera house


Walking down the 'Rue de la Tour'... ...to have a Pastis on the 'Place Général de Gaulle'

Walking down the Rue de la Tour...

...to have a Pastis on the Place Général de Gaulle


The 'Palais de la Bourse' The Ferris wheel by the harbor

The Palais de la Bourse

The Ferris wheel by the harbor


Cutting up the catch of the day Looking across the old harbor

Cutting up the catch of the day

Looking across the old harbor


You can't get fresher fish... ...than the one sold at the fish market by the harbor!

You can't get fresher fish...

...than the one sold at the fish market by the harbor!


Under Foster + Partners' Mirrored Canopy Building by 'Quai du Port' and 'Rue de la République'

Under Foster + Partners' Mirrored Canopy

Building by Quai du Port and Rue de la République


Strolling down the 'Quai du Port' The 'Nostromo' is for sale!

Strolling down the Quai du Port

The Nostromo is for sale!


The InterContinental Marseille 'Hotel Dieu' The esplanade between the hotel and the harbor

The InterContinental Marseille Hotel Dieu

The esplanade between the hotel and the harbor


Along the 'Rue du Lacydon' Looking towards the 'Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde'

Along the Rue du Lacydon

Looking towards the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde


Part of the MuCEM The MuCEM's main building

Part of the MuCEM

The MuCEM's main building


A footbridge connects the museum's two main areas The main entrance

A footbridge connects the museum's two main areas

The main entrance


Contrasting architectural styles The 'Palais du Pharo' Congress Center

Contrasting architectural styles

The Palais du Pharo Congress Center


Looking across the harbor to the Sofitel hotel Colorful fishing nets

Looking across the harbor to the Sofitel hotel

Colorful fishing nets


Making our way back along the 'Quai du Port' The 'Fontaine Estrangin' on the 'Place Estrangin-Pastré'

Making our way back along the Quai du Port

The Fontaine Estrangin on the Place Estrangin-Pastré


Fountain in front of the 'Préfecture' Time for a refreshment at 'Maison Zeppini'

Fountain in front of the Préfecture

Time for a refreshment at Maison Zeppini


Strolling on the 'Canebière' Back at the train station

Strolling on the Canebière

Back at the train station


Making our way back up the steps Looking down to where we just came from

Making our way back up the steps

Looking down to where we just came from


A last look towards the 'Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde' Inside Marseille's 'Saint-Charles' station

A last look towards the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

Inside Marseille's Saint-Charles station


Moving down the platform to meet our train 6:10 p.m.: our 'TGV' is pulling into the station

Moving down the platform to meet our train

6:10 p.m.: our TGV is pulling into the station

These and and a few other photographs taken in Marseille are available in one of our web galleries.
Among other things, the gallery allows viewing the photos as a slide show. Check it out!




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