Marseille on Bastille Day

Hello fellow budget hunters!

I am still on my trip round Europe and have spent the last few days in Marseille! It is a beautiful city, with a mixture of different neighborhoods and architecture.


Since being here, we have visited lots of churches, the old port and the Fort St Jean. We walked all the way up to the Notre Dame in the bright sunshine and the views are amazing.


We have been staying in a room from airbnb which was reasonable for Cote d’azur in July and has been great sharing with two french girls. They’ve recommended places, we all went out to an indie bar together and heard about their plans for Bastille Day.

Bastille Day

Bastille day is such an amazing day to be in France. For those of you who do not know, the day celebrates the Storming of the Bastille Prison which was a big turning point in the French revolution and is a national holiday.

The plan was for all of us to go to a rooftop bar when one girl works and watch the fireworks, however it is such a windy day that the police postponed it because of safety reasons!

Normally the fireworks are on display over the harbour and it is one of the biggest displays in the country. We were told they are amazing and in order to get the best views you either need to get to the marina early or view them from a rooftop. 

We also saw a lot of the parades elsewhere on the TV so it is a fun time. I really enjoyed the vibe of the city today, it felt like the whole place was very very excited and it was such a shame that we couldn’t watch the fireworks!

So many people were wearing flags and face paint – I feel we didn’t look the part. Many of the shops were on reduced hours and lots of restaurants weren’t open.

The only shame is that we will miss the fireworks and a lot of places were shut today as it is a national holiday! We ended up enjoying a kebab nearby as we are staying in an Algerian dominant neighborhood.

Happy Bastille Day

See you in the next chapter… Flying to Roma this evening!

Here is some other posts I wrote about France this year: –

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