Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde - Marseille, France


This Romano-Byzantine-style church is situated on the top of Garde hill - highest point in Marseille. (154 m)  From the top, one can get a spectacular views around Marseille.The gliterring bronze statue of the Virgin & Child is seen far from the sea & is a landmark for sailors.Marseillais believes that they are protected by their "Bonne Mère" - Lady of the Guard .
For Chandeleur, Marseillais buy Navettes blessed by their  "Bonne Mère".
These boat shaped cookies are prepared by "Four Navettes"- the oldest bakery in Marseille founded in 1781