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!
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