The last time I was in Marseilles was 40 years ago and I was on my way to another destination. I was told to stay in my hotel room and not come out without an escort. So, I mostly did and don't remember a thing about the place.
I wanted to change my mind about Marseille being a seedy place full of thieves and pirates and that was part of my desire to go again.
At least down by the port there is so much new, a revitalization and sense of balanced order. Cosmetic changes are only the beginning of aiding a population and changing a reputation but they are a great start.
Several warnings to watch our handbags, kept us aware of that we were visiting a small section of a big metropolis, but we also found the people helpful and friendly (which I can't always say about Nice).
After a few errands and lunch we were off to the main attraction for the day: Mucem ( Musée des civilisations de L'Europe & de la Méditerranée) which is housed beside the refurbished space of Fort Saint-Jean on the port at Marseilles and was newly opened June 7. It is a revolutionary idea for a museum, combining so many aspect of culture in an array of sound and visuals. Here are the first batch of photos. http://www.mucem.org/en/mucem/museum-europe-and-mediterranean/history-mucem
|Square where we found some tasty lunch. That trompe l'oeil painting on that building was really deceiving.|
|This is actually a huge mirror installation at the port that I am photographing upwards|
|an intriguing Salvador Dali sculpture|
|We will enter the fort by that overhead walkway|
|Diane on the walkway to Fort Saint-Jean|
|outdoor lounges at the fabulous grounds of the fort|
|One of several eating areas at the fort|
|Looking out to sea and the watchtower of the fort, gardens on the right|
|Looking down at the vegetable gardens one of 15 gardens, showing the metal irrigation ditches|
|Diane in front of the Mucem building designed by Rudi Riccioti|
|the background cathedral marries well with the new structures and the refurbished fort|
|The body of the building covers the walkways to the five floors and esplanade|
|Restaurants and lounge areas abound. This is all free to the public, only the museum is an entry fee. Five euros for seniors, not bad for hours of fascinating exhibits|