I'm the first to say that I didn't see all that should be seen in
Marseille. I had two things on my must see list. From the shore, I
saw Chateau D'If, the 16th century island fortress that was the setting
for the Count of Monte Cristo. There was no time this go around for
the ferry ride to the island.
The other must
see was the Basilique Notre Dame. Built on the highest location in
the city, with origins dating back to the 13th century, this church
has towered over the city for centuries. In my very brief tour of
the city, this was my number one destination.
that Notre Dame protects the fishermen of Marseille. The faithful
have hung minature versions of their ships from the ceiling of the
basilica in gratitude for protection while at sea.
Now, I might
not have gotten to know Marseille as well as I would have liked, but
the people of Marseille did get to know a little about me. The story
of the mural made the local
paper in Marseille.