The Detroit Of France Is Marseille
Originally I was supposed to be traveling to Nice, France for beautiful sandy beaches and amazing seafood. Mother nature had other plans, so we ended up in Marseille, France a town I knew little about.
I made my way into the city on the bus and couldn’t notice the vague similarity my route had to that of Detroit, Michigan. Now that necessarily isn’t a knock on my favorite city of all time, but I could see that Marseille (like Detroit) has been forgotten in many ways.
When you arrive to the Old Port of Marseille, you immediately will say to yourself “Now this is it!” as you look out a beautiful bay filled with sailboats and surrounded by French architecture. Fishing boats are backed up to the dock unloading their early morning catch while locals sit at cafe tables while enjoying their morning espresso.
We made our way to the bus stop eager to visit the massive church that overlooked the city on the hill that looked like something straight out of the movie “The Lord Of The Rings” called
We made our way to the bus stop eager to visit this massive building on top of the hill that looked like something straight out of a Lord Of The Rings movie called “Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde”. The bus ride was a 25-minute drive through the heart of the port, along with the beautiful coast and up into some of the narrowest streets I have ever witnessed. Half the time I would look at my wife while she looked back at me like “There is no way we are making it up this hill on this tiny street”. Somehow, that bus did make it to the very top of the hill and we found our way up to the footsteps of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.
The view was absolutely breathtaking. See for yourself in the video above or pictures below!
Best Way To Explore Barcelona
Realistically you will never be able to see everything in Rome, Italy in just one visit. So, what is the best way to make sure you get the most out of your trip to Barcelona? Buy a Bus Pass! Yes, I also was skeptical at first, but there was no way I could have visited as much as I did in Rome without a bus pass.
Visit City Sight Seeing – Hop On Hop Off | Barcelona to purchase bus tickets ahead of time!
If you aren’t on a time crunch, simply look in any direction and begin walking.
Notre-Dame de le Garde | Est Time: 1-2hrs – Travel By: Walk or Take Bus
Friends of ours made the trek up the hill to the church in a little over an hour. They were a little winded, but they said the trail’s view made it absolutely worth it. When you arrive at the church, don’t stop, don’t look back, simply make your way to the top and finally look up. Believe me, it will be worth it!Old Port | Est Time: 2-3hr Travel By: Foot
Great shops and places to eat. Sit outside and have a beer! (I had a mojito 7Up!)
Marseille Cathedral | Est Time: 1hr Travel By: Walking, Bus or Taxi
Amazing architecture and murals.
Marseille Photo Gallery