Marseille which was once a crossroad of Mediterranean civilization and bastion of the ancient Greeks, is the second largest city in France with over one million inhabitants. In the past Marseille had a bad reputation but it has recently undergone a rejuvenation especially in the Vieux (old) Port area, resulting in Marseilles being designated one of 2013’s European Capitals of Culture.
Our hotel was located close to vieux port which is very picturesque. The port area is lined with upmarket restaurants, cafes and bars and hotels & is a very lively place in the evening. During the day many people enjoy walking around the port checking out the markets, including the fish market with fishermen selling their fresh catch of the day.
From Marseille we took a day trip to Avignon which is around 1/2 hour from Marseille via train. The city of Avignon is just gorgeous with the old fortifications intact and the many buildings in beautiful condition. The Pope left Rome & moved to Avignon for almost 70 years in the 14th century. A grand palace known as Le Palais des Papes was built & attracts many visitors to this day.