#888. Meet Up in Marseilles

Marseilles has been a spot of thriller and intrigue to me for years. I’m undecided if it got here from motion pictures depicting the Marseilles of previous (and in some areas nonetheless that is the case). The pictures and ambiance have been all the time as scary, crime ridden and of a harmful metropolis. And but lovely, given its location on the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea.

The Meet Up was with the Hassie King of DS Pascal and his charming spouse, Lise. It’s all the time a deal with to be proven round a brand new metropolis by an area.

As you’ll be able to think about avenue artwork and steps abound.

Additionally previous buildings and the odd church could be discovered.

Open doorways could be inviting to stroll in and to look behind the scenes. We discovered, that notably in Marseilles, it’s all the time useful to have somebody round who can converse the native language when questioned “What are you doing in right here?” The pictures have been value whereas.

I have to add the day was somewhat heat our stroll lasted four hours. We have been taken to locations the place guests wouldn’t usually go to. Pascal suggested to not come again right here after darkish in a number of of these locations.

The trendy combined with the previous alongside the waterfront supplied some nice alternatives to place our creative talents to work.

Late afternoon gentle over the harbour was a pleasant technique to end our temporary tour round a number of the Marseilles waterfront.

Thanks Pascal for being our tour information now over to you.


Pascal provides


One of many delights of a blogger’s life is to lastly get to satisfy folks you’ve exchanged lots with through feedback or e mail. Dallas and I had already been launched by match-maker Philippe on gonad-threateningly chilly morning in Paris. This time was hotter and Dallas was accompanied by Anne, whose charming character Philippe had copiously enthused about, and rightly so. It was a stunning afternoon.


Our two girls chatting


Do you ever shoot along with your partner ? Mine has the photographic endurance of a nat (Anne appears way more concerned, simply sayin’), so I’m all the time working after her in between pictures 😉 It was nice for her to have a companion to speak to and for me to not have cramps in my legs after 10 pictures. Dallas and I had on a regular basis on the planet to talk shoot and bond.



It was a scorcher, that day. We walked by the previously harmful docks in a gentrified space on the verge of changing into luxurious, however the place the attraction of historical buildings nonetheless stays. For a way lengthy, nobody can inform. The docks are an space the place the previous and the brand new appear to coexist in nice concord, so let’s hope builders don’t spoil the broth for all.



Our stroll additionally took us to an older a part of city known as Le panier, which I wrote about prior to now. The world is legendary for a low funds TV cleaning soap that took France by storm a number of years in the past and (I believe) remains to be going robust (Plus Belle la Vie). The world is stuffed with previous slim streets designed to carry the cooler sea air up a hill within the days earlier than aircon. It is usually residence to one in every of my favorite church buildings known as La Main and an historical hospital turned large artwork gallery.



Not in contrast to a polar reverse of English cricket, Solar stopped play on a number of events. Refreshments turned a significant necessity, however we managed to crawl again alongside the view port to our unique assembly level underneath Norman Foster’s contribution to the town’s artwork/structure scene.



I’d actually like to organise a workshop in Marseilles. This barely scratches the floor of what’s on show. The number of surroundings is large and, whereas there are some areas I actually wouldn’t recomment at evening, many of the killings Marseilles is infamous for occur between rival drug gangs in non touristy areas. This may occasionally not sound very reassuring or tempting. But it surely a small value to pay for visiting a metropolis that also feels edgy and has a whole lot of non-globalised content material to supply. Anybody tempted?



So, thanks lots Dallas and Anne for placing up with us 😉 I hope you’ll be able to present us round Sidney Sydney at some point 🙂



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