Postcard from Marseille - June 2015

Marseille is changing, the old stuff like the Vieux Port and the faintly anachronistically named “Opera Municipal” are as iconic as ever, but the town is being regenerated by new installations like the Ombrière (architect: Norman Foster); a simple concept - a sunshade with a mirror finish but as popular as it is practical. Also simple innovations like the boat service between the Vieux Port and Pointe Rouge. Organised by RTM, the city transport network, and charged at five Euros, it must be one of the best value boat rides on the Mediterranean; they also do tram rides, metro rides and buses! Meanwhile, the demolition sites provide a fascinating post mortem glimpse of the inside of some of old Marseille.