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It's snowing outside and I can't wait for December 1st to finally wear my new Christmas jumper without feeling like it's too soon - but I still have some unpublished photos from Marseille, and not sharing them seems like such a crime! So brace yourselves and get ready to dive into the blue waters and walk under the blazing sun as I take you with me to explore the best that France's largest Mediterranean city has to offer. As some of you may already now, my friend Sasha and I were visiting the capital of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur to attend the France vs Germany game during UEFA EURO 2016, so this is by no means a comprehensive guide - however, it will give you an idea about what to visit if you're planning a short trip to this city.
The Old Port is what people think of first when they hear "Marseille" - you know, those snow-white yachts and the boats smiling and winking at you while glistening in the sky-blue waters of the harbor. In the morning local fishermen set up their stalls here and start selling fresh seafood, in the afternoon you are very welcome to stop by one of the cafes to have something to eat, and in the evening the bars are practically calling your name wherever you go inviting you to enjoy a glass of rosé with a view. One of the most spectacular ones awaits you at La Caravelle bar (34 Quai du Port).
NOTRE DAME DE LA GARDE
This Neo-Byzantine church that was built in the middle of the 19th century is located on the highest point of the city (149 meters) and can be easily reached by the bus №60 (you can find it in the Old Port); there's also no admission, so it's great if you're on a budget. Inside you'll be greeted by a number of splendid mosaics, but if that's not quite your cup of tea, go outside and admire the panoramic view over the city - the old blocks, the harbor, Palais Longchamp, the stadium, the famous Château d'If and the sea that doesn't seem to end.
To be honest, wandering around Le Panier was something I was looking forward the most while on my way to Marseille. Once you get there, this charming ancient district with its narrow streets, enchanting old buildings, tiny little shops, colourful graffiti and often retroesque signboards doesn't wanna let you go. Spend an afternoon here walking the quiet rues, looking for postcards and trying out different ice cream flavours - my favourites include typically Mediterranean ones like lemon, lavender and yogurt.
I suppose it's not quite right to mention a place I haven't personally visited yet, but I've heard so much about this museum that I kinda feel obliged to talk about it. MuCEM is dedicated to the culture of the Mediterranean region, and the new J4 building (which was opened in the 2013 and is located close to the Vieux-Port) looks like a work of contemporary art itself. From time to time it also hosts temporary exhibitions - last summer, for example, they were showing Picasso.
Stade Vélodrome (with a capacity of 67 000+) is home to the Olympique de Marseille football club, and with its elegantly curved rooftop, it makes quite an impression! Over the course of the last 6 years I visited seven stadiums in five different countries, and I have to say that Vélodrome is definitely one of the most beautiful ones - it's a pleasure to support your team in a place like this. That said, if you happen to be in Marseille on the match day, do get a ticket - if you have no idea what Ligue 1 is, you'll still make some great memories.
Photos edited by Sergey Povoroznyuk