As you all know, I went on a cruise in the Mediterranean sea a couple of weeks ago. We bought this excursion package, giving us the chance to visit 5 different cities with a tour guide. As we skipped going ashore in Palma de Mallorca, our first day ashore was in Marseille, France.
Marseille had a beautiful port, the first thing we saw when we came of the ship was these people dressed up in what looked like a costume, national costume maybe?
From the port we were transferred in coaches straight through Marseilles and up on the hills and over to the little village of Cassis. On the way to Cassis we got to experience the great landscape that surrounded this beautiful coast city. Up in the hills we saw vineyards upon vineyards, as Cassis are known for good white and rose wine.
The ferris wheel in the old Port of Marseille, it does not have enclosed cabins!
Approximately 20 minutes later we arrived in Cassis, the streets were so small that we had to change to these small trains. Which was bumpy, uncomfortable yet a lot of fun.
I wasn’t impressed when we got of the train, but after a quick walk through Rue Bremond I could see the harbour and the castle on top of the mountain. The water was clear blue and the small fisherman boats were lined up on my right hand side and on the other side all the restaurants, giving the perfect village feeling. French village feeling (is that even a feeling?!). Now I stared to get impressed. the whole place was breathtaking!
The historicans think that Cassis was founded by the Greeks, eventhough it doesn’t exist any evidence of that. But Cassis used to be a Roman city once and an important harbour for the emperor Anotninus Pius (86 AD-161 AD), who used the port as a trading port between North Africa and the middel East. Cassis main importance today is one of three harbour for the French Navy.
We had 2 hours to ourselves so we had a quick walk up and down their shopping street (which was 100 meters or less) and after that we sat down and had a coffee by on of the cafès by the harbour.
It was a bit sad that we didn’t get the chance to explore Marseille, but on the other side we did drive through it in our coach with the tour guide, in the end I didn’t feel like I missed out too much.