160511 Marseille France

Marseille also known as Marseilles in English, is a city in France. The capital of its department of Bouches-duRhone and region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, Marseille is located on France’s south coast and is the second largest city in France, after Paris, with a population of 852,516 (January 2012) on a land area of 241 km2 (93 sq mi). It is the 3rd-largest metropolitan area in France after Paris and Lyon, with a population of 1,831,500 at the January 2011 census but the first metropolis in surface. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The weather has not been very kind to us but fortunately we had not booked any excursions until we get to Genoa. I thought we could walk the 9km to the city but down came the rain and we were forced back to the ship to catch the shuttle bus. Marseille is a very busy port city and that was evident as we sailed into the harbour.

As we rode the shuttle, there were many very expensive super yachts parked waiting for repairs and maintenance in the shipyards. There was evidence of new yachts being constructed for the ‘billionaires’.

After checking into the WiFi to upload the post for Gibraltar, we noticed a little ‘train’ carting people around the city and eventually found the starting point to board. The streets here are very narrow and traffic is stop start most of the way. Our eventual main attraction to visit was the Notre Dam at the highest point of the city. Something different about this cathedral was the boats hanging from the ceiling. Even the ceiling was well done in brilliant mosaics.

After the ‘train’ tour, we made it back to the ship for around 2:00pm to await the departure to our next port of Genoa.

The evening’s entertainment was a performance in the main piazza by all the bands that are on the Royal Princess. Soon after, the Showtime performance was by the “Beatlemaniacs”. They wore the Beatles clothing and hairstyles and sang and danced to the old Bealtes music that is so well known to us oldies.

Tomorrow, we visit Genoa and take an excursion to Portofino.

 

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