Marseille Musings

view from the mucem over marseille old town and harbour

view down on the sea and muCem museum in marseille

through the patterned mucem walls in marseille

The Mediterranean Coast

I’m dreaming of being back in Marseille where the sun is hot, there’s sorbet for sale by the beach and the evenings end in glasses of rose overlooking the Med. This was the last day I spent in sunny Provence where I had been staying with the wonderful Celine and boy, did we make the most of it! Whereas the previous days where spent exploring pretty towns and ambling around her hometown, today was spent in the heart of Marseille where the newly built MuCem stands sturdily besides pools of bright blue water.

Constructed to showcase Mediterranean civilisations through history (right in time for the year that celebrates Marseille as Europes’ Capital of Culture) the MuCem takes you on a educational visual tour, depicting all the key battles and events in time that shape what we know as the Mediterranean life today. After saturating my brain, Celine and I took a stroll along the bridges around the buildings’ incredible net-like exterior, ‘ooh’ing and ‘aah’ing at the view.


An afternoon drive took us to the most easterly end of the city where we chilled with smoothies and gasped at the ‘paysages’ from an empty big wheel on the beach. A short walk away is Le Parc Borély, one of Marseilles few but none the less beautiful parks with palm trees, a river you can boat on and a magical, artistic children’s garden. In the evening we did what the locals do on balmy summer Wednesdays; sit, sip rose and people watch as the sun goes down in the bar beneath the professional swimmers club at La Paillotte des Catalans. Parfait, merci Celine!

sorbet and smoothies by the sea

lucy shinythoughts in marseille

marseille big fairground wheel in the sun

celine bon baisers d'allieurs in mirror sunglasses in the sun

beach view over marseille visit provence

pink houses on the hills in marseille provence

palm print playsuit in provence

palm trees in provence

traffic people palm print playsuit summer holiday outfit

mirror sunglasses and palm tree product shot

call it spring flip flops by the water side


Playsuit – Traffic People / Cap – ASOS / Earrings – Gogo Philip / Flip flops – Call it Spring /  Sunglasses – H&M

turquoise changing huts by the sea in provence

chin chin! toasting to summer holidays with rose in marseille

coastal view by the sea in marseille



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  • matthew pike September 2, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Perfect photos Lucy, Marseille looks idilic. Love that print on your suit things

  • Susan September 2, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Really sweet pics! Looks like you had a great time!

  • Paprika August 31, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Love how you’ve shown the place, I have family here so whenever I visit I never see the touristy sidexx

  • Rubee August 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    These photos are beautiful. I would love to be there right now. I visited marseille about four years ago and I loved it. X

  • Mani August 31, 2013 at 5:24 AM

    Your photos are always so beautiful! I love how summery this post is.

  • Agatha August 30, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Such a beauty! Wonderful pics 🙂