Marseille, France

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Marseille is the second largest city in France. It is the main city of the historic region of Provence, serving as a crossroads of immigration and trade since its founding by the Greeks in 600 BC.

The hub of the city is the boat-lined Vieux-Port (Old Port).

 

A large promenade around the port has entertaining sculptures, buskers and kiosks.

   

Cours Julien is  lined with bars, cafes and music venues.

The Marseille Courthouse (Palais de Justice) is located on Place Montyon. Several other neoclassical building are nearby.

High above the city is the Basilisque Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, a romanesque church from which the entire city can be viewed.

 

Amongst the offices and apartment buildings lie Roman ruins.

Along this area of the Mediterranean coast are the Calanques, steep walled cliffs and inlets formed in limestone and dolomite.

A viewpoint at Cap Canaille in Calanque National Park affords a view to Cassis.

 

Cassis has a charming harbour quay. When we visited, a boat jousting event was taking place.

A chateau from the 15th century rises above Place Georges Clemenceau and the Cassis beach.

   

Aix-en-Provence

   

                     Marseille

Cassis

      One of the most charming features of Provenšal cities and towns is the numerous narrow streets full of shops and cafes.

 

Aix-en-Provence has picturesque streets and open squares surrounded by mansions dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

Aix is sometimes referred to as the city of a thousand fountains, here a large one on the main thoroughfare, Cours Mirabeau.

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