Chateau d’If – Count of Monte Cristo – Marseille France

David and I have both been working so hard over the last two week, and trying to catch up at work from all our summer travels. All this hard work has us reflecting on our past travel and working hard toward our current travels.

We are sharing a previous trip we took a few years back to Marseille, France and Chateau d’If. David insisted we go to the prison where the Count of Monte-Cristo (a mythical book published in 1844) was based. David loves the book of the man, Edmond Dantes, who makes a wonderful comeback from prison to a Count with revenge. David loved the book so much he insisted I watch the movie together prior to our trip, and I was impressed as well.

We purchase our tickets and take the taxi boat over to the island, it is a crystal aquamarine blue and green Mediterranean sea, contrasted by a harsh rock island.
David and I soak in the surroundings and stop for a conversation of the site and to enjoy each other in the moment. We toasted the sea, the prison and how blessed we are to be together.
Marseille, France in the background with a toast of coffee and wine.

Published by David & Laura Speer

Were a Metro Detroit, Michigan, couple – second marriages for both of us – and we dream of retiring early to Travel the World. Follow us while we try and figure out to raise our kids, and save to retire. David is a Robot Programmer, Laura is a Medical Physicist. We put our kids before ourselves for years, saved and ate at home and now after years of all this sacrifice and raising our kids - we are closing in on empty nesting, and we realized we have the opportunity to retire earlier than most and follow our dreams to travel the world. How are we going to do this? Well we have a lot of ideas, but lets see how it works out. Our original retirement date was January 1, 2021. We are reviewing the option of working another 3 years but prefer to keep the 2021 date, either way we will be retired by 55 years old - still trying to figure out how, but working toward our goal everyday, while enjoying each other and our blended family. Follow us to see what happens. All images on this blog are copyright (c)

38 thoughts on “Chateau d’If – Count of Monte Cristo – Marseille France

  1. Oh my goodness! I can not get over the beauty of those waters! Wow. I can only imagine your breath was stolen right out of your body when you stood there together.

    It is fascinating to me as well – the stark contrast of the prison with the natural beauty around it. It must have made being in that prison all the more hellish.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful trip with us!

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  2. Wow! I would really love to see that place! Ever since I read that book in my childhood it has stuck with me, and Edmond Dantés remains a role model (aside from the vengeance part) to this day. Hope you had a great time there!

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    1. We really did, when we got home, we re-watched the movie. The location was hot, but breezy, cool inside the stone walls of the prison. The views were stunning. You could feel the love and hate of the location when standing there looking at it.

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