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Walking On Top of the World in Marseille

-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 57

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photo(s) taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own photos with an up or down perspective.


As promised, I’m taking you onto the roof of Mucem this week.  I had been wanting to explore these metal bridges and rooftop views for ages and I was not disappointed.

I started my long awaited walk from Le Panier, descending to  Eglise Saint-Laurent, on Esplanade de la Tourette and taking the purpose built bridge into Fort Saint-Jean.


Eglise Saint-Laurent to the left, Fort Saint-Jean to the right

This bridge guides you into the Fort via a gateway high up in the side wall.  The terrace here has a welcoming cafe and just above you perches a walkway around the top of the fort, with spectacular views to sea, to land and to the next part of the museum complex.


View to sea


View to land


View to Mucem’s J4 building

When you’ve explored enough, take the next bridge, this time across water to the J4 building.


This is the newly iconic building on the old J4 docks.  On the roof there is a popular eating and drinking spot and access inside to the top class rooftop restaurant by triple Michelin star chef Gérald Passédat.

Hunger and thirst satisfied, take the ramps down to the promenade below.


These gentle ramps wind their way around the outside of the building, behind the latticework facade.


This is where you appreciate the shade that they provide, whilst taking in the changing views.


Eventually you pop out on terra firma ready for a short stroll back around the coast to the Vieux Port.


This rooftop walk is free of charge – no entrance fee required – but you can of course add on a visit to the museum itself.


The Challenge

Click here to enter the challenge

Welcome to week 57 and a huge thank you as always to those who entered last week. It was another great week of entries.  This week I have to highlight two contributions that very cleverly captured both up and down in one picture: a beautiful Venice reflection from ytaba36 and two curious tourists at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.  You can see all of the entries from this and previous weeks on my Pinterest board if you have missed any.

All are welcome; do please share your up or down perspective with us.  Simply create your own post as normal, create a link to this challenge and then click here to enter your link and to view other entries.  If you have any difficulties with the linky, please just leave your link in a comment below and I will upload your thumbnail.

Finally, please don’t forget to go and visit the other challengers and pass on your views and encouragement.

To find out more about how to enter, click here.  The linky list will open each Thursday at 00:01 GMT (or a bit before) and will be open for a week.

And if you enjoyed this short walk, you can find plenty more walking inspiration over at Restless Jo.

Also linked to Scenic WeekendsTravel Photo Monday and Travel Tuesday.
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  1. The patterns from the wall are fantastic, aren’t they, Debbie, and oh that walkway! It was surely built for me! 🙂 Thank you so much. I want to go even more now! 🙂


    • You’re welcome. I love shots like that – people shots where their positions or movements are balanced or contrasting in some way.

      On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 6:52 AM, Travel with Intent wrote:



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