Calanque de Sugiton
There are so many of these coves to discover that an entire area has been designated as the Parc National des Calanques. One of the most accessible of these coves is Calanque de Sugiton. If you arriving to Marseille by train or coach, from the main station take the public transportation bus #20 or #21 to the University of Luminy.
A creation by the Michelin three-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, this French restaurant is where you can sample some of his ground-breaking contemporary haute cuisine, such as slow-baked salmon with wild mushrooms and sake-ginger dressing, or grilled pork tenderloin with pineapple and aubergine. Completed with an elegant décor, perfect service and a picturesque view, Jean-Georges is no doubt the brightest gem in the crown of Shanghai’s dining scene.
Basilica of Fourvière
You can opt for a short funicular ride that costs around 2 euro (and totally not worth it) or opt for budgeting stairs. You won’t be able to miss marvelous Basilique de Fourviere built 19th century and dedicated to Virgin Mary, who saved the city from a cholera epidemic back in 1823. The famous Festival of Lights is held annually on December, the 8th with billions of lights set all around the city in her honor. The decor inside is breathtaking with walls covered with vivid mosaics and stained glass windows. Don’t miss the crypt on the ground floor which is less ornamented, yet amazingly beautiful too. Check out the viewpoint right behind Basilique de Fourviere to get the best view on Veux Lyon orange tile rooftops and sparkling Saone River that flows around the Old City.
Restaurant Le Crayon
Or just “Le crayon” (the Pencil) how the locals call it. Situated right next to Part Dieu railway station this 32-stored skyscraper was built in late 70s and is the 9th tallest building in France. The first 10 floors are occupied by Radisson hotel and the rest are office buildings. The last store has a bad and a panoramic view resto. Though, the prices are pretty high, still having a glass of fine wine and terrific view is totally worth it!
Old Port of Marseille
4. Vieux-port (The old port of Marseille)My evening in Marseille ended with a stroll along the streets of this port which are well lit. You would be pleasantly surprised by the non-stop entertainment that has the visitors awestruck, at all times of the day. There is also some mouth watering street food. Especially if you love seafood, a spread awaits you. Try the bouillabaisse. I had to do away with the delicious desserts. To my delight, there was an entire street dedicated to sweets. I wasn't surprised by the diverse culture and cuisine in Marseille. It was after all a port side city that welcomed immigrants with open arms. The walk along the street had just so much to offer. I was glad that it even allowed me to catch a glimpse of the Marseille Cathedral. A cable car ride to the hilltop would have definitely been an ideal way to end the day. But there are some things which you must leave for a next time. My sweet tooth was satisfied at the end of one wonderful evening in the city. And this was enough to complete my visit to a lesser known piece of heaven, Marseille. Bonjour! =)
This diving spot is our new underwater discovery. Lia reef offers a very rich marine life and dives going to about -24m. There is great number of black and yellow sponges at about 20 m, and we often see beautiful nudibranchs. The site is one of the richest in fish and has a perfect visibility up to 40m. A diving spot for advanced and novice divers alike.
At the summit, find a beautiful gastronomic restaurant with a panoramic view of the landscape. Plan ahead as Le 1911 is only open the March 18 to December 31 (exact dates change annually). If you're on a budget pack a lunch of fruits, trail mix, and a cheese and tomato baguette for a picnic with a view!
Terre adélice Glacier
A small stall situated at place De la Baleine in the heart of the Old City offers a wide range of flavors. More than you can actually imagine! Have you ever tried pine ice cream with cedar nuts? Or white goat cheese flavored ice? There are around a hundred of tastes to choose from J
Restaurant Le Belvédère
It will feel like you’re in a fairy tale! No need to sit in a fancy restaurant if the sun is shining. Head to the closest Lidl, a European supermarket chain, to grab a bottle of wine, some cheese, and snacks to enjoy as the sun kisses your skin. If you are looking for a true French cuisine experience with a breath taking view of the alpine scenery, dine at Le Belvédère.Pass a relaxing day swimming in the beautiful natural Lac d’Annecy, which France boasts as being the purest lake in Europe. Soak in the sun and the breathtaking views as you float alongside the magnificent landscape.
Chamonix is so close to the Swiss boarder, you can't miss out on the opportunity to taste their answer to every cheese-lovers dream: raclette! Essentially this dish is a heaping gooey pile of melted cheese on an assortment of hearty staples like potatoes and grilled meats. You can try it for yourself at La Calèche.Transportation around FranceBy busAll of the locations mentioned are accessible by coach buses, a popular and cost effective method of transportation in France. I recommend booking with either Flixbus or Ouibus. Prices start from as low as 5 euros a journey! Both operators have excellent service, free Wi-Fi on board, comfortable reclining seats, charging outlets, and an app to make purchasing and keeping track of your tickets easy.By carHaving access is great when traveling to destinations off of the beaten path. They allow you to take the scenic route and find truly authentic experiences. Don't worry though, there is no need to rent a car if you don't plan on driving to all of your destinations. Check out BlaBlaCar, a popular and safe option in France. Think of it as Uber for longer distances. Coordinate with local drivers heading to your destination of choice. This usually gets you to your destination quicker as you don't have to waste time in an airport or on detour routes of coach buses. Prices are based on distance traveled and any tolls the route may incur.If you’re on a budget, book ahead for the best fares. Happy and safe travels!