We arrived in Marseille early afternoon and headed directly to Notre-Dame de la Garde.
I visited this cathedral back in May 2009. It remained my favorite place in all of Marseille.
Built on a rocky outcrop one-hundred-sixty-two meters above the sea level, it offers splendid views of the old port and the Mediterranean Sea.
After spending time inside the church, revisiting the colorful marbles and pictorial mosaic decors, and paying tribute to the Black Madonna and the Child,
We stepped outside just in time for an amazing sunset.
The air was bitter cold, but the color couldn’t be perfect!
Looking at Château d’If – situated on the island in the center – where the fictional Edmond Dantès (later known as The Count of Monte Cristo) was imprisoned.
The sun promptly set at 17:03.
Back in the old port
We had dinner at the quiet and welcoming La Table du Fort, steps away from all the tourist trap restaurants.
The food, although a bit pricey, was agreeable. And I was just happy to get away without eating bouillabaisse in Marseille 🙂