Square of the Gare Saint-Charles
No sooner had we arrived in the heart of the city of Marseille than we were perched on top of the Saint Charles hill. From the esplanade of the station, we have a bird’s eye view of the whole city, with the bonus of the monumental sculpted staircase of 104 steps and a little cuckoo clock to Notre-Dame de la Garde just opposite.
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde
If you have to remember only one point of view, it’s this one. It is the best spot when you arrive in Marseille to get a 360° view of the city, the interweaving of its districts, the omnipresence of the sea, and to guess the Calanques National Park further south. People come here to recharge their batteries, whatever their religion, to take a breath of oxygen, especially when the Mistral wind blows, to dream while looking at the horizon, to gain height, both literally and figuratively. The Basilica, renamed “la Bonne Mère”, built in the middle of the 19th century, is also worth a visit!