After Aix-en-Provence and Cassis our Mercedes minivan returned us to Marseille where we first visited Palais Longchamp for some quick photos, then onward to the harbor.
At the harbor is where our little tour group temporarily separated for a little lunch and on-foot sightseeing.
Photo tip: When travelling in Europe (and other places) remember to look well beyond photographing the ABCs (Another Bloody Castle/Cathedral/Church). Look for interesting textures and colors presented by the more mundane and everyday:
After our group rejoined our next stop was high above Marseille — the stunningly beautiful Neo-Byzantine (hey, if it ain’t Baroque, don’t nix it) Notre-Dame de la Garde — which overlooks the entire area from a height of nearly 500 feet (150 meters).
The views from this exquisite basilica aren’t all outside, however. The interior is equally stunning:
Another sight awaiting you at the entrance to the harbor is Château d’If, famous as the prison which held Edmond Dantès in Alexander Dumas’ classic tale The Count of Monte Cristo.
And here for your viewing pleasure is today’s photo gallery. Click on any image below to bring up the slideshow: