There is one thing that's for certain: the south of France never disappoints. Yes, the alpes, rolling countryside, and lakes are swoon worthy, but a salty sea breeze and pretty flowers partout surely wins over my heart.
I was lucky enough to spend my birthday weekend on the beach in sunny, sandy Marseille. I love a good piece of fish, so this port city is the place for me. You can see a shot of the Vieux Port above, with its pretty boats lined up row by row.
Despite being widely accessible by subway and bus, most tourist sites are within a reasonable walking distance from the town centre. One that was particularly close to my home that weekend was the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. This basilica was truly spectacular, both in its ornate interior, and the view from above.
I had also studied up on the MUCEM for a course earlier this year, so it was pretty cool textbook moment walking through the iconic museum in real life. Admission is free, and there only is a small fee for students to view the temporary exhibits.
|Pants - Zara, shirt - H&M, scarf - C&A, bag - market in Italy, shoes - Birkenstock|
And a final view of the coast. There was a "mistral" happening on the weekend I visited, which is code for extremely high winds. This made sleeping through the night and wearing a hat rather difficult. Coincidentally enough, the font I used for the initial image on this post is called mistral. It's clearly a Marseille thing.
One aspect that I will surely miss from France is its incredible coffee. My waiter at this one cafe had such a strong Marseillan accent; it's a bit of an Italian-French mix that just rolls right off the tongue. Definitely fitting for the laid-back, beachy European lifestyle on this gorgeous coast.
I'm really looking forward to my next visit to the south of France, I have so much more coast to explore. Feel free to read up on my past and present adventures in France, here.