A Week in Provence – Marseille

Bonjour tout le monde!

So this post is a little late, but better late than never is what I say.

As it was Jason’s Birthday a few weeks ago, we thought we’d take the opportunity to travel to one of our “bucket-list” destinations – Marseille!


…and it didn’t  disappoint, from the gorgeous clear blue skies, amazing weather, the rustic and historical charm, Frances’s second largest city is spectacular.

We stayed in a sumptuous room at the InterContinental – Hôtel Dieu, overlooking the historical port. The vibe there was relaxed and sophisticated, and definitely something that one should indulged in once in a while.

alvareenslifestyle-Marseille oldtown
I mean what do we work for if it’s not to enjoy the finer things in life!

This break was not really a lay about and rest kind of affair, we wanted to see Marseille and that’s exactly what we did!


Day one: we went to the historical Catholic church Notre-Dame de la Garde perched high above the cityscape of Marseille and visible from our hotel room. We could also hear the bells ringing each day, which was a charming and glorious aural experience. Heading to the church we took the local land train which shuttled tourists and locals back and forth every twenty minutes and on the way we managed to see some spectacular views. We spent about an hour or so at Notre-Dame taking in the sights and gazing in amazement at  the wonderful scenery and the city below.

During our stay in Marseille we also took a five hour boat trip and visited the amazing Calanques which are small inlets with beautiful beaches along the coastline – we took a smaller boat, which allowed us to anchor in one of these small inlets and do some snorkeling (meaning Jason did) as I can just about stay afloat long enough to avoid drowning!

We also did a bit of shopping (of course) and loved, loved, loved that there Mango Outlet was just around the corner from the hotel. I totally took advantage of this but learned a valuable lesson, as I packed way too much and couldn’t buy as much as I would have like – But for our next big trip, I will bring an empty case – just in case – lol

You can check out my finds in my new Autumn Haul video.

I could totally go on and on about the wonderful time we had in the South of France but for a better understanding, check out our two videos, please click on video links


Jouir – Au revoir! Alvareen x



Marseille at Night
Marseille Old Town


Intercontinental Marseille





  1. Luisa O
    11/10/2015 / 10:39 pm

    Hi Alvareen.

    Marseille looks lovely, and you look like you had a lot of fun. hoping to go to southern France soon, so I think I’ll go there for a couple of days.

    Have you got any pics of the Calanques?


    • alvareenslifestyle
      04/12/2015 / 11:31 pm

      Hi Luisa

      Jason and I have uploaded a video from Marseille. Please check out the boat trip to Calanque. There will be another one on our Hanging with the Hangers channel. Here’s the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEF0tbeV1xc

      Let us know what you think


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