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.

38 responses to “Chateau d’If – Count of Monte Cristo – Marseille France”

    1. It was incredible, the photos do it no justice!

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  1. I loved that movie! I should really take the time to read the book. What a cool place to visit. It looks like a spectacular vacation.

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    1. I will for sure, once I am retired, right now, I work a lot, ALOT. But soon.

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  2. A heaven with a hell inside it, so even those in the latter have something to look up to.

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    1. Your a poet. David and I are science related, posting and writing is not our thing, but perfect summation.

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      1. Interesting. Science related people are usually majestic.

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      2. Well were not sure about majestic, but we know what we like, and enjoy all kinds of art and knowledge. Which is why bloggers great to follow

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  3. Nice pics! Should motivate anyone to add this place to their bucket list!

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    1. No kidding huh, just like from a dream

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  4. Interesting trip. I loved the reflections. We hardly take time out in life to enjoy moments. Thanks for sharing your moments so well spent in such a space and with each other

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    1. Thanks, life is so short and hard. We should enjoy what we can when we can.

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      1. This is very true. You seem to be enjoying your moments. Not many are

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      2. David and I, like so many have had a rough past before we met, so we decided to never let that affect our happiness for each other or are families. It was a decision to hold to and we are enjoying life like a dream.

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      3. Great for you two. If so many others will take the same approach? What a different world this will be. Happiness, long life and best health to you both

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      4. Thanks friend from far away, Avant!

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  5. 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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    1. Exactly, someone said heaven and hell all together. That is how I was feeling, amazed and despaired of the site all at once.

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  6. one of my all-time favorite books, perhaps even THE favorite. So I loved reading about and seeing these photos of what the book was based on. Now I’ll have to watch the movie.

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    1. Were going to watch again too.

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  7. Wow, a coffee in France sounds heavenly. Wonderful trip, I see!!

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  8. What a beautiful place for vacation and nice photos.

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    1. Rozina, it was incredible, hot and sunny, but a wonderful breeze, views from every angle, then we walked into the jail itself and was cold tortured feeling, chilling, a physical feeling of hate wrapped into the walls. Like Heaven

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      1. Your explanation is very crystal clear and i can imagine it.

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  9. The color of that water is stunning. It looks so clear. What a beautiful place and in such a sad area with that prison.

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    1. Exactly, it was beautiful to the point of nothing we had ever seen before. Someone said Heaven and Hell in one location.

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  10. Wonderful Laura, keep traveling and enjoy journeys alongside the beautiful world

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    1. We are working on it Rising Star, we are hoping to retire very soon and make that our full time job – just exploring and learning new things.

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      1. That’s really awesome Laura, so lucky David and Laura are. Be blessed and motivated all the time.

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      2. You as well. We feel very blessed and motivated in love.

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      3. Accept many love from my side too dear

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  11. 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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  12. The movie is the biggest reason I have to go to the Château d’If.cheers

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    1. It was very cool and our reason as well

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