Marseille is the last stop on the 2017 French Adventure Tour. I left the car at the rental place and was able to persuade the fellow to waive the charge for topping up the tank. This was due to the fact that I had saved their car from ruin, by disobeying instructions to put diesel in a purely unleaded vehicle. That was a nice final interaction with Europcar which I highly recommend since they provide high-quality cars at a very good price. I saved 150 euros over the price of the same car category at Hertz.
Tomorrow’s schedule is confined to a ferry ride on the Mediterranean to the Château D’If and a bowl of authentic Bouillabaisse for lunch.
Edmond Dantes – Appropriately named after the protagonist in “The Count of Monte Cristo,” this ferry takes people to the Château D’If which is the prison featured in the same book by Alexandre Dumas.
CHÂTEAU D’IF – The château was a fortress and later a prison located one and a half kilometers offshore in the Mediterranean Sea. It was built in 1521 on the orders of King Francis I who saw it as an important location to defend the coastline against sea-based attacks.
Count of Monte Cristo
Edmond Dante’s Imagined Cell
The hole through which Dantes crawled to commune with his friend in the adjacent cell.
The cell of the Man in the Iron Mask – Likely pure legend.