On this Sunday, at the end of September, we left the south of England to spend just over five weeks in Provence. The flight from London to Marseille gave us breathtaking views of eastern France. Here's a photo report.
I took the photos on board the plane with my iPhone - my camera was safe in my suitcase. Unfortunately, the quality isn't quite up to scratch, but these shots give you a glimpse of the magnificent panorama we enjoyed on board the plane from London to Marseille.
Our Flight from London to Marseille
In the morning, our taxi took us to Heathrow airport in cloudy conditions.
The first part of the flight took place above the clouds.
Then, as our plane headed south, the clouds dissipated, revealing beautiful France.
In this photo, you can see the River Loire and the town of Nevers.
The Alps and the Rhône Valley
It was at this point that we spotted Mont Blanc in the distance, easily recognisable in the landscape.
Superb view of the city of Saint-Etienne:
View of Saint-Etienne and, at the top of the photo, the Lyon urban area.
South of Lyon, we followed the Rhône valley from north to south, with Mont Blanc and the Alps on the horizon. Here, near the town of Valence.
Here's a magnificent view of the town of Orange. We're now flying in Provence!
Below: Mont Ventoux and Mont Blanc. It's an incredible view that you can't see from the ground. From Mont Ventoux, you can only see the Ecrins massif, and no further.
Between the Vaucluse plateau and the Luberon mountains, here's our future playground: the Luberon! You can see most of the tourist villages in the region... but unfortunately, the poor quality of my iphone means I can't see them with any higher resolution.
In the foreground of the first photo, you can see the TGV-Méditerranée line and the Roquefavour aqueduct, the design of which was inspired by the Pont du Gard.
Then, all of a sudden, you can see the deep blue Mediterranean Sea!
And the city of Marseille before our dazzled eyes! I'd never seen Marseille before, and this flight was the perfect opportunity to discover the Cité Phocéenne (a nickname to the capital of Provence).
In the next photo, you can see the Vieux-Port and the Iles du Frioul (including the Château d'If).
In this photo, you can see the south of Marseille, with the Calanques stretching as far as Cassis.
This photo shows Marseille from the west, with the Montagne Sainte-Victoire, the landmark of Aix-en-Provence, in the background.
After a flight of around 1 hour 15 minutes, we finally landed at Marseille-Provence airport, overlooking the Etang de Berre.
The airport is dominated by the Saracen tower at the top of the Vitrolles rock.
After a beautiful day's travel, we arrived at the destination of our trip: the village of Bonnieux in the Luberon.
I hope you enjoyed this short report on our flight from London to Marseille. If you did, don't hesitate to leave a comment below.
Stay tuned for more adventures in Provence!
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