Foods of (Marseille) France

Marseille was a delicious stop on our honeymoon, but not one without its frustrations. As it turns out, the French are quite picky about what time they’ll serve which foods, if anything at all. After an overnight bus ride of fairly epic discomfort you just wanna nom, ya know?

Well, minor difficulties aside, the food was delicious and we really enjoyed sitting outside at the little brasseries lining the old port of Marseille. I had a lot of deliciousness: boulliabase, profiteroles aux foie gras, macarons, soupe de poisson, blah blah blah. My favorite was perhaps the most simple and juvenile option, a plain old croque monsieur.

I hope you’ll enjoy this little display of food pr0n I’ve put together for you. Have a snack ready for afterwards. 🙂











Marseille, France – Hanging out in Provence

Our last evening in Barcelona we grabbed dinner, picked up our bags from the hotel, and boarded a bus headed for Marseille (Marsella if you’re in Spain). It was a long night. The air conditioner on the bus was cranked up to the max, Carolyn had a rough time sleeping, and the bus smelled oh-so fresh. We made it, though. After a couple cups of coffee we stumbled down the hill from the train/bus depot and checked into our hotel. They let us in early, we slept like the dead. Early check-ins are the biggest blessing when you travel overnight, and on our honeymoon we had more than our fair share of good luck in getting them. Hooray! Enough of the storyline.

Marseille - Vieux Port

The old port of Marseille was the central hub of our stay.

The cool stuff I loved in Marseille

Marseille - City Hall

Marseille’s municipal building with tons of French Flags.

Marseille - Citadel

The star-shaped citadel of Marseille just screams medieval.

Marseille - Medieval Church

This church in Le Panier looked like it had been here since the crusades.

Marseille - Cathedral de la Major

This beautiful Byzantine style cathedral made me think it could have been a set piece in a great movie.

Marseille - Cathedral de la Major

The colorful flags inside the cathedral really captivated my imagination.

Vieux Port of Marseille

The entrance of the Vieux Port in Marseille makes it so easy to picture old tall ships sailing in and out.

Les Calanques of Marseille

Les Calanques, the rugged, rocky coastline to the East of Marseille are easily accessible by boat, and stunning.

Marseille - Relics in the Abbey

The first Catholic relics we saw on the trip were in an Abbey in Marseille. I was amazed to see these relics that used to BE someone.

Marseille - Notre Dame de la Garde

Notre Dame de la Garde, the cathedral that sits atop the hill overlooking Marseille is dedicated to the protection of seafarers. It’s a pretty interesting place with lots of paintings of people who died horrible deaths and shipwrecks.

Carolyn eats Chateau d'If

My wife worked up quite an appetite on the way up to Notre Dame de la Garde, so she ate the former landmark of Chataeu d’If.

Marseille - Notre Dame de la Garde - Interior

The inside of Notre Dame de la Garde is quite unique among cathedrals we visited in Southern Europe.

Marseille -Notre Dame de la Garde - Apse

The apse of Notre Dame de la garde.

Marseille - Notre Dame de la Garde Vista

The stunning view from Notre Dame de la Garde.

Marseille was the only stop in France on our honeymoon, and boy oh boy was it beautiful. The beautiful old cathedrals are distinctively French (as one might expect in Marseille, non?), The food was distinctively delicious. The sites we saw were all very close to each other, so we walked everywhere. We were very lucky with the weather, and enjoyed blue skies until the very end of our last day in Marseille. As luck would have it, the sky opened up just as we were near the entrance to an Irish Pub, so we finished up our French experience with a couple pints of Killian’s.

I think the most memorable pieces of Marseille were the churches, cathedrals, and abbeys. This was the first time in my life that I encountered relics. You know, the bones of saints and people that did holy things and whatnot. Skulls, kneecaps…you know, that kind of stuff. When these items are lit up in a gloomy stone building adorned with medieval tapestries and flags, I could have made myself believe I was in a setpiece for Game of Thrones or Joan of Arc or some other story I could only see on TV. It was wonderful.


European Trans-Continental Honeymoon (That’s a good band name)

This morning I had a realization. We’re not just going to Europe for our honeymoon, we’re crossing the entire continent from Spain to Asia. Holy crap. That seems way more epic than just a regular old European honeymoon, don’t you think? I wrote a general idea of what we were going to do months ago, but there’s been some slight changes designed to give us more time in the places we’re most interested in. Did I mention that our honeymoon is going to span an ENTIRE CONTINENT in a line from West to East? A CONTINENT, PEOPLE! That’s a big deal! You know how every podunk airport is an International airport? Well the big deal airports are INTERCONTINENTAL.

See that pink line across Europe? That's our honeymoon!

See that pink line across Europe? That’s our honeymoon!

So anyway, without giving any specific information, I’m going to tell you what I have planned so far. Why no specifics? Dude. I saw Taken.

Day 1: Fly to Madrid. Sleep on the plane.

Day 2: Arrive in Madrid, check into the nice looking hotel I booked online. Wander around like zombies. Maybe see a palace or something. Who knows, it kinda depends on how tired we are when we get there.

Day 3: Go see some more cultural things. Maybe a cathedral? I don’t really know. By this point we should be full of Spanish food.

Day 4: Check out, hang out in the city, and then get on an overnight bus to Barcelona.

Day 5: Arrive in Barcelona in time for coffee! Check in, drop off bags, and wander around like zombies again for another day. The place we’re staying is in El Barri Gotic so we should be pretty close to all of the Gaudi buildings we want to see. If we’re really tired we might just hang out on the beach all day.

Day 6: See whatever we didn’t get around to yesterday, or hang out on the beach. Eat lots of food. Check out La Sagrada Familia.

Day 7: Maybe take the train over to Figueres to see the Dali museum? Board an overnight bus to Marseilles!

Day 8: Wake up in Marseilles, check in, hit a beach. Eat French food (I’ve heard that this is basically yogurt and cigarettes.)

Day 9: Check out the Calanques.

Day 10: See the other Notre Dame cathedral that has a neat nautical theme. Grab some baguettes. Board a bus to Firenze!

Day 11: Firenze has a huge amount of art we’ll need to see.

Day 12: Look at Day 11, repeat.

Day 13: Look at day 12, repeat.

Uhhhh…this is about as far as I have planned, though we do plan to visit Rome, Napoli, Athens, Santorini, another island or two, Rhodes, and Turkey. In the end it’s going to be 42 days of newlywed bliss peppered with overnight bus rides and ferries that will probably make us extra appreciative of any beds we sleep on. Amirite?

So we’re going to visit Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey. Croatia had to come off the list due to the fact that we’d have to spend almost two days on ferries that could be better used exploring Greece or Italy and have a super short stay in Croatia. It’ll get its own special trip later. Carolyn’s been to Europe once before, but this will be my first time back in the old world, and I’m super excited. I’m even a little more excited now that I know I’ll be seeing it all the way from west to east…and get a little tiny dose of Western Asia before we head back home!