Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day 19: Exploring the waters in Marseilles

Had breakfast, packed our bags, left them at the reception and off we went to explore the seas. Woohoo a boat ride out to If-Castle. Departures are from Quai des Belges to If-Castle. Take the first boat out as this will give you more time on the island. The cruise was a fantastic experience. You get to see the marina and various boating activities ay the bay. 

25 minutes later we are at the docks of the island and make our way to the castle. If-Castle is said to be built by Francois I in 1524 and became legendary for the prisoners held hostage here and a rhinoceros immortalized by Durer, or its imaginary prisoner, the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas.Roaming the corridors, you just can't help but feel spooky.
Clicked some pictures and then we went back to the dock to await our return back. Had to wait a while and guess what I made an interesting friend here. His name is Lyons, and he is a seagull. He posed for me and all I can say is that we connected. 

On the journey back we spotted jelly fish in the water. Lots and lots of them. Once back at Point Vieux, we got our bags from the hotel and made our way to the train station Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles. We board the TGV at just 3 Euros and head to Paris! Paris baby Paris.

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