Marseilles has been a place of mystery and intrigue to me for years. I’m not sure if it came from movies depicting the Marseilles of old (and in some areas still this is the case). The images and atmosphere were always as scary, crime ridden and of a dangerous city. And yet beautiful, given its location on the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea.
The Meet Up was with the Hassie King of DS Pascal and his charming wife, Lise. It’s always a treat to be shown around a new city by a local.
As you can imagine street art and steps abound.
Also old buildings and the odd church can be found.
Open doors can be inviting to walk in and to look behind the scenes. We found, that particularly in Marseilles, it’s always handy to have someone around who can speak the local language when questioned “What are you doing in here?” The shots were worth while.
I must add the day was rather warm our walk lasted 4 hours. We were taken to places where visitors would not normally visit. Pascal advised not to come back here after dark in a few of those places.
The modern mixed with the old along the waterfront provided some great opportunities to put our artistic abilities to work.
Late afternoon light over the harbour was a delightful way to finish our brief excursion around some of the Marseilles waterfront.
Thanks Pascal for being our tour guide now over to you.
One of the delights of a blogger’s life is to finally get to meet people you’ve exchanged a lot with via comments or email. Dallas and I had already been introduced by match-maker Philippe on gonad-threateningly cold morning in Paris. This time was warmer and Dallas was accompanied by Anne, whose charming character Philippe had copiously enthused about, and rightly so. It was a lovely afternoon.
Do you ever shoot with your spouse ? Mine has the photographic patience of a nat (Anne seems much more involved, just sayin’), so I’m always running after her in between shots 😉 It was great for her to have a companion to talk to and for me to not have cramps in my legs after 10 photos. Dallas and I had all the time in the world to chat shoot and bond.
It was a scorcher, that day. We walked by the formerly dangerous docks in a gentrified area on the verge of becoming luxurious, but where the appeal of ancient buildings still remains. For how long, no one can tell. The docks are an area where the old and the new seem to coexist in great harmony, so let’s hope developers don’t spoil the broth for all.
Our walk also took us to an older part of town called Le panier, which I wrote about in the past. The area is famous for a low budget TV soap that took France by storm a few years ago and (I think) is still going strong (Plus Belle la Vie). The area is full of old narrow streets designed to bring the cooler sea air up a hill in the days before aircon. It is also home to one of my favourite churches called La Major and an ancient hospital turned massive art gallery.
Not unlike a polar opposite of English cricket, Sun stopped play on several occasions. Refreshments became a vital necessity, but we managed to crawl back along the view port to our original meeting point under Norman Foster’s contribution to the city’s art/architecture scene.
I’d really love to organise a workshop in Marseilles. This barely scratches the surface of what is on display. The variety of scenery is huge and, while there are some areas I really wouldn’t recomment at night, most of the killings Marseilles is notorious for happen between rival drug gangs in non touristy areas. This may not sound very reassuring or tempting. But it a small price to pay for visiting a city that still feels edgy and has a lot of non-globalised content to offer. Anyone tempted?
So, thanks a lot Dallas and Anne for putting up with us 😉 I hope you can show us around
Sidney Sydney one day 🙂
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