Anse de la Fausse Monnaie
Anse de la Fausse Monnaie
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Marseille, France3,411 contributions
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Mar 2021
Most people would not notice this lovely viaduct, since they all rush to the renowned vallon des auffes not far from here. Nevertheless, this place, apart from where the nautical society is situated, presents some interesting and intriguing legends. Looking down from above, it seems to be a boatyard. If one comes down following the narrow stairs, then turn right, it will lead to a few hidden beaches not polluted by the cluster of tourists years in and out.

The name ' cove of fake coins' is curious and funny enough. There are a few sayings about its origin, such as the rise of a military head during the reign of King Henri IV. He seized the city in 1591, so confident of his own leadership that he even created his own currency. However, he had finally been assassinated and his money were being thrown into the water of the cove.

Other more plausible circulating legends I believe is that : when the workers started to dig up the soil and built the bridge, they found lots of fake coins under there. Another one is about an old tradition, where people used to throw coins into the water while making a wish. As centuries had gone by, the coins were of low values and lost their availability, so they became fake coins.

The last one is the most implausible, even ridiculous hearsay, which claims that the two owners of the valley were called Mr Fosse and Mr Monnet, hence the two names were combined together as the name the place.

Since there is no restaurant down there, a nice walk around the boatyard and the beaches are a welcoming pastime for many locals. Going up back to ground level, from this point on, there is a small residential area, where one can have lunch or a snack after all the long walk from the Corniche. Certainly, there are no restaurants open to serve eat in customers, but quite a few are doing takeaway meals, and I let you into a secret, in this short street, one of the pâtisserie(bakery) does wonderful delicious chestnut tart. Don't miss it when you come across this way, but mind you, they always sell out fast, particularly on a Sunday.
Written 5 March 2021
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