The Mediterranean Sea is gorgeous - it has got the crossed water (not blue, not green - the "between" of both, like in doubles). So why not to discover it (the Sea) from the middle of it, ah? Well, you need to be a really good swimmer, or... need some luck to get to Marseille. The city itself is also so interesting, that you can even forget the plans of taking a trip with the boat in the Mediterranean Sea, so be calm and go straight ahead till you reach the old port, which is called Vieux-Port de Marseille.
The Mediterranean Sea is gorgeous – it has got the crossed water (not blue, not green – the “between” of both, like in doubles). So why not to discover it (the Sea) from the middle of it, ah? Well, you need to be a really good swimmer, or… need some luck to get to Marseille. The city itself is also so interesting, that you can even forget the plans of taking a trip with the boat in the Mediterranean Sea, so be calm and go straight ahead till you reach the old port, which is called Vieux-Port de Marseille.
No, there are no big ships with tons of fish or shipment from China, only little yachts, fishermen boats and several ferryboats. The ferryboat can take you to the trip to Chateau d’If – the historical island where Monte Cristo was a prisoner for several years, till he found the “escape hole”. What is more, there are millions of little islands with little houses, cafes and even churches – looks like people live there and go to work with the ferryboat back to the city of Marseille.
It’s something like living in the outskirts, I guess. Boats, boats, boats!!! Millions of little ones and millions of big ones, some have sails while the others use oars – looks like everyone has bought a boat instead of a car. Anyway, in the old Port you can buy tickets for traveling with the boat to some different trips (I remember 4 at least with the ferry), but you can find people who are renting the boat so that you could be independent in the middle of the Sea. Imagine that you can travel to any island you want, stop anywhere you want, take a nap in the middle of the Sea and so on. What camera to take? I took my LCA and Zenit-E (both were happy), but I guess there is no need to advise to take ISO100 slide films (I had chosen the negative for my LCA, mind that), as they are sharp enough for the sunny Marseille weather and bright color buildings.
The second thing – please, invite your girlfriends or friends with you, because in that way you maximize the chance, that someone will take the cream or lubricant, that can save you from being sun drenched. Believe me, when you are far away from the land, you will not be able to get back soon enough, and staying in the yacht’s cabin is not so much fun, as on the deck of it. Keep that in mind, and take all the “medicine” you need, that would keep your skin strong enough not to burn in the sunshine while cruising through the Mediterranean Sea with a boat from the old Port of Marseille.
For more information, visit
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vieux-Port_(Marseille), and check out the ancient map of the Port itself http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Plan_marseille_1914_%28handbook_for_travellers%2C_de_Karl_Baedeker%29.jpg
VERY GOOD 360 TRIP: http://www.marseillenet.com/marseille-quai_belges-1-1.html