I am writing this at 2 am because jet lag is not a kind friend… so excuse errors, I will do my best to catch them.
After another relaxing day at sea, we were in Marseille, France. To be honest, I did not have very high expectations of this city. And much to my surprise this city was enchanting and completely captured my heart. The highlight of the trip was a 10 minute photo stop at Longchamp Palace and Fountains, which is now used as a museum; the buildings and fountains are amazing! From there we stopped at Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde, where we had quite a few stairs to climb to get there. Our reward: breathtaking views of the city and port below! The tour we took was arranged through Princess Cruises and our guide Olivier was informative and helpful. I scoured my brain to remember the few French phrases that I had learned in 9th Grade. French people have a reputation for being aloof and uninterested in speaking English, but I found that if you smile and make an effort to speak to them that they are very accommodating. The few phrases I knew came in handy when we ordered Nutella Crepes for lunch in the city center. We had 20 minutes of free time and I had scoped out a little crepe shop from the bus as we passed through. We returned to our ship and were still a little hungry so we indulged in the afternoon tea that was available on the Crown Princess.
Pictured below: day at sea, Longchamp Palace (3), Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde, Marseille, wild poppies, enjoying Nutella crepes, a drive past an Arc the Triumph, yachts, afternoon tea on board the Crown Princess.
Next Part 4: Portofino, Italy.