I fell in love in Vallon des Auffes long before I saw it in person. I’d bought a Lonely Planet coffee table book which had full page photographs of every major city in the world and the featured photo for Marseille showed a narrow port with as many buildings and boats crammed into the tiny space as possible. The striking image stuck in my head and I made a mental note to go there if I ever visited Marseille.
The time came in 2015 when Paul and I travelled to Marseille for a three day trip. We walked along the coastal road that leads to Vallon Des Auffes and finally saw in person the sight that was so familiar to us. Not only did it look every bit as impressive in real life, as we took the steps down to the port we discovered it was a place you could hang out in for hours; there’s restaurant right at the edge of the port which allows you to take a glass of wine outside and drink it sitting at the edge of the water. When we went back to Marseille again in 2016, we bought a bottle of rose from a shop and took it there, cooling it in the baking heat by dipping it in the water. We spent hours sitting in that spot sipping our wine, joined by others doing the same, watching the boats pull in to the tiny port.
Here’s the photographs we took of Vallon des Auffes (which are available to buy as prints from my Etsy shop).