I didn’t really know what to expect when I booked to go to Marseille on my trip to the south. I had heard it was France’s second largest city and a very different culture to Paris, but that was about it. So on our first morning, Sophie and I decided to hike up the hill to the Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, which is quite possibly my favourite place of worship I have ever visited. It is an amazing mix of traditional Catholic basilica architecture but with an indescribable Mediterranean (almost Arabic?) feeling to it – obviously I am not an expert on architecture and probably not explaining this correctly. Have a look at the photos to see for yourself. The interior has a gilded ceiling with stunning mosaics and little model wooden boats hanging from the ceiling – a tribute to the role of Marseille as France’s most important trade port. The basilica also offers 360 degree views of the city. After, we made our way down to the Vieux-Port (old port), which has been the natural harbour of the city since 600BC.