Marseille Journals

La Marseillais (Part 2)

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A travel journal to Marseille by TianjinPaul

Old Port (Vieux Port) Photo, Marseille, France More Photos
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Old Port (Vieux Port)

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Attraction | "A starting point ... and more"

Old Port (Vieux Port) Photo, Marseille, France
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It took me a while to actually begin to write this review of Marseille's Old Port area. The reason for this was the fact that it is all too easy to see the port as the focal point for the many attractions that are close by, or to which it serves as a gateway. Notre Dame de la Garde overlooks the port to the East from a wondrous vantage point atop a small hill. There is also the Palace of Napoleon III and the fort overlooking the opening to the harbour. If you wish to take a tour round Marseiile, or a boat trip into the Mediterranean, the port is also the place to start.However, the port is also a beautiful part of the city in its own right. The first aspect of this is the wonderful variety...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 13, 2012

Old Port (Vieux Port)
34 quai du port
Marseille, Provence
33 04 91 13 89 0

Le Metropole

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Restaurant | "Chic, but not particularly delicious"

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In the streets that surround Marseille's Old Port there are scores of restaurants. The area reminded my girlfriend and I of Couers Saleya in Nice (The city in which we live). In both areas, dining options are crammed closely together and there is plenty of sea-food on show. We were in Marseille on a Saturday evening and decided to eat in this particular area. However, we found it very difficult to choose the right place. The problem was that everywhere seemed very similar. They all had plenty of sea-food on show and they all had set menus for between 15 and 20 Euros. Eventually, we opted for La Metropole because its style and decor seemed a little more chic than some of the other options. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 13, 2012

Le Metropole
38 Rue Saint-Saens
Marseille, France 13001

Basilique de Notre Dame de la Garde

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Attraction | "Our Lady Above the City"

Basilique de Notre Dame de la Garde Photo, Marseille, France
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There are two ways in which to review Notre Dame de la Garde. The first is as an attraction in itself - one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Southern France. The second is as a vantage point to enjoy the views of Marseille - it is located on a small mountain close to Marseille's Old Port. Both of these factors make Notre Dame worth visiting, but do so in very different ways.As a Cathedral, the first way to appreciate Notre Dame is from a distance. It occupies a truly stunning position overlooking the city and captures the imagination from almost every angle. I personally found gazing up at it from the west quay of the Old Port to be a particularly good way to appreciate it and to take p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 13, 2012

Basilique de Notre Dame de la Garde
Rue Fort-du-Sanctuaire
Marseille, Provence 13281
+33 4 91 13 40 8

All Seasons Timone

Hotel | "So very helpful"

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I am going to take the extremely unusual step of reviewing a hotel without actually having stayed there. However, my experiences at the All Seasons were such that I felt I absolutely had to. The reason for this is that the customer service we experienced when we were confronted with a difficult situation was fantastic. The staff there went above and beyond their responsibilities in order to help us. After having made such a dramatic and positive start to this review, it would only be proper for me to set the scene a little. My girlfriend and I had made a reservation for the All Seasons on hotels.com. However, this reservation did not go through correctly. We arrived and gave our name and b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 13, 2012

All Seasons Timone
1 3 Chem De L Armee D Afrique
Marseille, France
04 91 29 73 70

Abbey of St. Victor

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Attraction | "Tales from the Crypt"

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My first thoughts on Abbeye St Victor was disappointment as half of the imposing facade was obscured behind builder's netting. In truth, this did diminish from our experience because it has a fantastically intimidating appearance that fits in beautifully with the naval and military themes on the hills above the Old Port. It genuinely looked as though the Abbaye would do as good a job as the nearby fort at repulsing potential invaders. However, after visiting the Abbaye, it did not feel as though we had missed anything I the visit was extremely interesting.Abbaye St Victor is the oldest cathedral in France. It's construction was begun deep in the heart of the Dark Ages. Consequently, it loo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 13, 2012

Abbey of St. Victor
3 Rue Abbaye
Marseille, France
04 96 11 22 60