My visit to l’Estaque
Saturday morning, 10 am, I’m arriving at l’Estaque. Although born in Marseille, I have never come here and I’m excited to discover the place. This neighbourhood of Marseille has always been a further suburb to me, where we can try the famous « chichis » (provençal churros) and panisses (savoury chickpea fritters).
But the guided tour of this morning has changed my mind.
Our guide, Jean-Marie, also nicknamed « le Tchatcheur » (the chattering man) from l’Estaque introduces himself like an actor rather than a proper tour guide. We start our walk from the local Tourist Office where Jean-Marie takes time to share the history of the village by reading poetry. Then a little path leads us gently upwards to the Heights.