Norman Foster’s Ombriere. You’re almost under it before you notice it.
After nine months of construction, re-routing of traffic and a rumoured EUR45 million bill, visitors to Marseilles’ Vieux Port can now photograph themselves upside down.
Norman Foster’s Ombriere, a huge flat mirror supported on poles above the terrace in front of the Vieux Port, reflects the colourful fishing boats, the buses, the beggars and hawkers, the school excursions, the petit trains and the visitors who cluster in this hub of Marseillaise tourist life.
I hope this mirror thing doesn’t become a cliche, like the giant ferris wheels sprouting on groovy, go-ahead, ‘wow, look at us!’ city skylines. Continue reading
Marseilles is having trouble in its role as Capitale Europeenne de la Culture 2013.
We get our first sense of this when we call in at the Office de Tourisme and ask for our City Pass Marseille. It’s a museum and public transport card that, according to the website, “…makes it easy for first time visitors by identifying the best things to do in the city and permits to save (sic) money and time.”
Except today, ‘Sorry, Sir, our printer is not working so we cannot make the cards.’ Continue reading
Zeeland, The Netherlands. The shirts read ‘Blijf Jong’ (‘Stay Young’). I’m trying, I’m trying!
Time for another collection of my snapshots of life from our travels around the globe. The world is an amazing place.
My theory is that you can point the camera at pretty much any collection of faces, crop the photo judiciously, and end up with something interesting.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
There's a lot of fresh paint being splashed around Marseilles.
Poor tarty Marseilles,
Proclaimed by plaques
On walls or set in sticky bitumen
‘Oldest city in France – 600BC’,
‘Daviel Building, named after world’s first cataract surgeon, 1745’,
‘King Alexandre de Yugoslavia assassinated on this spot, 1934.’
Notre Dame above the harbour.
You promised work for all.
Now your old harbour bobs with sparkling pleasure craft
While French Algerians lounge in doorways
Smoking cigarettes and staring. Continue reading