Lunching in Marseille

19 07 2017

I had made a lunch reservation well in advance at this elegant one Michelin starred restaurant in Marseille to eat there the day after we arrived in the port city.  It was very much worth the effort.  Everything was perfect including the restaurant’s modern take on Marseille’s signature dish of bouillabaisse.

The entrance is next to a loud souvenir shop and is quite inconspicuous in contrast if you don’t know it’s there.

My view

A modern take of the rouille sauce and bread combo normally soaked in the bouillabaisse.

More of the view of my rose wine ^^

The bouillabaisse

With three kinds of fish

My friend’s dessert

 





Walking in Marseille, France, Part 2

18 07 2017

From the Marseille Cathedral vicinity and still within a very easy reach, we went to check out the Saint-Laurent Church.  There was a service going on so we sat in the congregation listening to the French sermon.

Anna, my friend.

Orange lifejackets that save arriving refugees.

More exploring.

From my hotel room…





Walking in Marseille, France, Part 1

17 07 2017

At the beginning of June, 2017, I was in the south of France on business.  I started writing about it but got sidetracked into writing about my trip to LA/SF that was happening in real time.  So here I am back to Marseille.

This was the first morning after arriving.  Breakfast in the hotel, a casual walk in the neighborhood including going up to the cathedral, unfortunately closed for when I was there for renovation.

Hotel breakfast with a view





In Marseille, France, in a Room with a View

27 06 2017

Earlier in June, I did my annual trip to Cannes, France for the 25th time.  On the way in, I stopped by Marseille for the first time for some fun and business (well, mostly fun).

Arriving in the evening, I was pleased with my lovely hotel room with a view.  It started pouring as soon as we went out for dinner but soon we were greeted by a rainbow.  Dinner was nice and light.  The walk back to the hotel was very pleasant.

Hotel facade

Notable guests of the past

A rhum-only honesty bar in the lobby





Random Malta

25 06 2017

It’s a wrap for my recent trip to the Republic of Malta with very random photos of little things I saw and did.

 

 





Visiting St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta

23 06 2017

This church in the city of Valletta, formally called Saint John’s Co-Cathedral, is amazing.  I had saved the final morning of my stay in Malta to pay a visit though in truth, it was closed the first time I tried to go as it was a national holiday.

Taken when the church was closed.

In their collection of paintings are two powerful works by Caravaggio: The Beheading of St. John the Baptist and Saint Jerome Writing.

 

 





Breakfasting in Valletta, Malta

18 06 2017

This was my final day in Malta back in May when I set out to explore the capital city of Valletta for the last time earlier than on other days.  My main destination was St. John’s Co-Cathedral but before it opened, I had a couple of things to do in mind and one was going to “the market“.

My reading on the city told me that for some reason there was no “market” as you would normally find in other European cities but one guidebook told me that there was a covered market in Valletta.  I was running out of time but went to look for it hoping to catch some action and alas this is what I found…

Closed!

For apparent restoration…

It was some time before the cathedral opened so I decided to get somewhat more proper breakfast than I was planning to have and try some typical Maltese savories.  I knew just where to visit: Caffe Cordina.

Qassata with spinach and pastizz with ricotta cheese.








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