Welcome to my blog once more, today I will share with you some parts of the French Riviera that I visited for the FIRST time ever! Of course I was very excited and nervous, but the combination of those things made everything even more magical! I want to share with you today my experiences in the beautiful city of Marseille!
Marseille France was founded at 600 BC as the Greek Colony of Massalia. Later on, the city allied with the Roma Republic against Carthage (founded in the 9th century B.C. on the Gulf of Tunis) in the Second Punic War but lost its independence following the roman siege of Massilia in 49 BC during Caesar’s Civil War, Massalia siding with the exiled faction at war with Julius Caesar.
Later on, Marseille developed on as a roman city, being an early center of Christianity during the Western Roman Empire. René of Anjou, Count of Provence, strengthened the city´s fortifications during the mid-15th century. It was during the Great Plague of Marseille in 1720 that Marseille lost a great portion of its population, recovering until the mid-century. Marseille became a focal point of the French Revolution and it was the birthplace of France´s national anthem (La Marseillaise). The Industrial Revolution and the establishment of the French Empire weren´t an obstacle for Marseille to be captured and damaged by the Nazi Germany during World War II. Nowadays, Marseille is a major center for immigrant communities, for example the jewish and muslim.
Total Population: 861,635
Algeria 37, 673
Turkey 12, 283
The major religious communities in Marseille include:
Roman Catholic 620,000; Muslim 174,000, Armenian Apostolic 80,000; Jewish 52,000; Protestant 20,000; Eastern Orthodox 15,000;Hindu 4,000.
Arriving to Marseille, the third largest city in France after Paris and Lyon, was a little bit chilly, the wind taking away our umbrellas and making the task of taking pictures a little bit complicated.
The first complete day in Marseille was as beautiful as ever, it´s architecture simple and elegant caught my attention. I stayed at the center of the city, very near the port, so walking down the streets and buildings to go the port was very dreamy.
Near the port there is a shopping center called Les Docks, but the mall I personally loved is called Les Terrasses du Port, big and with a lot of national and international stores, a great foodcourt. Les Terrasses du Port offers you an amazing view to the port. I definitely recommend this place! The direction is: 9 Quai du Lazaret, 13002 Marseille, France.
Near the port you can see the ferry wheel, there was a sort of Christmas stand shops of treats and cute souvenirs that made everything more special. Buying souvenirs at Marseille was one of my favorite tasks since I am into personal beauty and Marseille´s specialty are lavender soaps.
Taking pictures near the boats and Marseille´s cathedral was a must do. The weather is November in the south of France is chilly yet not as cold as Madrid or in the North of France.
Regarding fashion in the city, I dare say French people in the city dress classy and simple, reaffirming once more that less is more. My main outfit for the city (as you can see) was a classic black dress, classic low boots and a mustard colored scarf. I let my hair down most of the time and wore no makeup. If you want to travel lightly I would recommend you carry a classic dress and different scarves with you!
If you are into wine and cheese I would recommend buying at a market since it´s much cheaper than buying it at restaurants. For breakfast you can do it at the hotel and lunch and dinner outside to get to know the city.
For Marseille I wore some boots but I would personally recommend some tennis shoes. If you are planning on leaving Marseille to another city, I recommend you go to the train station and buy your tickets with time!
Interesting Facts about Marseille:
It is the oldest city in France founded 2,600 years ago.
It has the largest European suburban park called Calanques National Park.
Marseille is known for being the biggest port in France.
Conclusions: At the end of the day if you are thinking of visiting France I would fully recommend you visit the French Riviera! Of course, I believe visting the north of France is a must but the south offers you so much beauty, in its people and its places. Don´t doubt visiting the south of France!
The good news is my French Riviera experience doesn´t end here! Be aware of my next publication: Nice!