From March 24 to March 29 2018, 10 people between 16 to 25 years old came with us to Marseille. They joined photography and Illustration classes, learned about Marseille and got the idea how it is to live in a mediterranean and multicultural city.
The day starts really early: around five in the morning! We arrive around 4 in Marseille´s Vieux-Port, welcomed by a nice sunshine and the smell of fish. We put our luggage in the Hostel, and go for a walk to Cours Julien, full of colors, music and restaurants. We eat, after some go home to sleep, some go on for music and drinks. We´re exhausted but happy!
We buy food in the supermarket for the picnic that takes place at the beach. It’s a bit windy but not so cold; after all, we are in south of France ;) On the beach we meet two French girls, Babette and her daughter, and they brought homemade quiche Lorraine and chocolate fondant. After a few pictures on the rocks and sun bath for others, we climb the hill to join Cathy, our guide around Notre-Dame de la Garde, the church that protects and overlooks all Marseille. Cathy explains everything we need to know about what inhabitants of Marseille call „La bonne Mère“and gives us general information about the city. For dinner, we go together to a typical Tunisian restaurant and eat couscous and tagine with two French art students from Aix-en-Provence. Arabic food is very tasty and cheap there!
Monday morning is free time: a good opportunity to do some shopping in city center or rest at the beach. In the afternoon, there are two workshops organized: one about photography and one about illustration. The photo group was in Le Panier and the drawing group was in Malmousque. After that we met in a Café on a place called Cours d´Estienne d´Orves to decide what and where to eat. Tonight it’s Vietnamese, with wok, canard laqué and flamed bananas.
In the morning we meet in front of the Opera and go a city center tour with our guide Alexandre, who tells us interesting anecdotes about Marseille´s old history. We walk through Noailles, creative neighborhood, Cours Julien. The small streets are full of graffiti art. In Marseille, it is pretty common to see giant portraits, political messages on the walls… It is a good way for inhabitants of Marseille to appropriate public space and gather people. In the afternoon we have the drawing or photo activity again. This time, illustration group go to Puget Park, but the weather is not so good, a bit cold and windy. The evening is free; some decide to go for crêpes, pasta, pizza…
Everyone can decide on what to do! Alina goes with Mathilde to the city center to check some nice second-hand shops, most go to Aix-en-Provence, Elena and Rebecca go to Cassis with Christina to see the sea, the Calanques and a typical French market. The weather is perfect for a day outside: The wind finally stopped and the sun is definitely here: It’s 20°C!
It is the last evening all together: We go to Les portes de Damas, a nice Syrian restaurant that also serves Arabic food: we taste a bit of everything, hummus, falafel, couscous, tagine, eggplant dip…
Since it is the last evening all together, we go after the restaurant to Marengo, a nice bar in Vieux- Port, to celebrate the trip.
It is already time to leave: We pack, check out the Hotel, and enjoy croissants and pains au chocolat for breakfast. We take the last group picture at the train station, and take the train back to Zürich.