The water is beautiful, the people are friendly, and the food is delicious. Marseille is the second largest city in France. As a port city, it’s home to many of France’s immigrant populations, although they are primarily from Italy, Corsica, Sub Saharan Africa, and Le Maghreb (Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria). It’s France’s melting pot – a beautiful melange of ethnicities and cultures all sitting right off the Mediterranean coast.
My host family was kind enough to show me around on my first day here. First and foremost they took me to the sea. It was gorgeous in the afternoon with perfect blue water and hundreds of little boats bobbing in the pier. There are tons of tourists during this season and many of the restaurants lining the harbors are full with guests. So after the touristy indulgence, they opt to show me some of the local places while we ran errands. We went to a local painter named Yann, whose work was phenomenal, then to Manu’s favorite fruit and veggie shop with a very friendly owner, and finally we meander back through all the topsy turvy streets until we arrived at home.
Over the past three days I have been walking around endlessly exploring the city, trying to retrace our steps, but always getting lost in Marseille’s winding whitewashed streets. Today I stumbled upon the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM). It was free! And gave a great view of the water. So enough with the writing. Pictures say a thousand words anyways.
The Harbor in Marseille
The Sea, view from The Pharo
The Plage des Catalans
*Marseille comes from the Latin word ‘Massilia’. Modern Marseille was referred to as Massilia up until early BC.