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Marseille


Located on the Mediterranean coast, Marseille (sometimes spelled "Marseilles" in English) is France's largest commercial port, second most populous city (after Paris), and center of the country's third most populous metropolitan area (after Paris and Lyon). The city has an estimated population of 820,900 (as of 2005), and the metropolitan area had an estimated population of 1,605,000 (as of 2007).

Marseille


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Marseille
Here are some facts about Marseille:
  1. Marseille (sometimes spelled "Marseilles" in English) is a city on Mediterranean coast of France.

  2. Marseille is the second most populous city of France (after Paris), and center of the country's third most populous metropolitan area (after Paris and Lyon).

  3. Marseille has an estimated population of 820,900 (as of 2005), and the metropolitan area had an estimated population of 1,605,000 (as of 2007).

  4. Marseille is France's largest commercial port.

  5. Marseille may possibly be the oldest city in France. It is believed to have been founded either by the Phoenicians, or possibly by the Greeks at around 600 BCE. In ancient times, Marseille was known as Masalia, Massalia or Massilia (Greek: Μασσαλια).

  6. People from Marseille are called Marseillais in French, or Marselhés in Occitan.

  7. A number of famous French recipes originate from Marseille. These include:

    • Bouillabaisse - A stew/broth made from at least three varieties of fish (in the traditional version, the broth is served separately from the fish).

    • Fougasse - A type of flatbread, traditionally baked in a wood-fired oven. It is sometimes filled with anchovies, cheese, or olives.

    • Navette de Marseille - A type of biscuit flavored with orange blossom and made in the shape of a boat.

    • Panisse - A type of pastry made using chickpea flour.

    • Pastis - An alcoholic beverage made using aniseed and spices.

  8. The most commonly used type of tarot card deck is known as "Tarot de Marseille".

  9. Marseille was designated European Capital of Culture for 2013.



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Marseille (Travel Guide)

By Top Deals Hotel

Released: 2013-04-09
Kindle Edition (206 pages)

Marseille (Travel Guide)
 
Product Description:
Marseille is the star of European culture in 2013, being elected the European Capital of Culture. Marseille is the place where guests will be greeted with a wide range of special cultural events and hundreds of stories about the past of one of the largest ports in Europe. Because the whole region of Provence is truly impressive, Marseille's cultural status is reflected on all major cities in Provence.
Being the second largest city in France, Marseille has a lot to give to those who decide to visit. The city fascinates with the diversity of cultures and an incredible history that charms everyone who briefly stops to listen. Marseille knows how to tell a story, so you just need to learn how to listen.
To help you find its mysteries, the Top Deals Hotel team made a comprehensive guide of the city, in which you will find all the details you need for a pleasant stay that will make you enjoy good memories and new knowledge.
Learn what's new this year by reading the chapter dedicated to Marseille-Provence 2013 events. You will find which new museums will be open this year, what interesting exhibitions are worth your visit and what events are taking place both in Marseille and Provence region.
Marseille is an amazing city regardless of the period you decide to visit, but 2013 will be truly spectacular.

French Riviera (Cote d'Azur, Monaco & Marseilles): Travel. Overview of the best places to visit in French Riviera (Cannes, Nice, Monte Carlo, Toulon, Frejus, Resorts & More) (Provence food)

By Caroline Good

Released: 2017-06-13
Kindle Edition (23 pages)

French Riviera  (Cote d Azur, Monaco & Marseilles): Travel. Overview of the best places to visit in French Riviera (Cannes, Nice, Monte Carlo, Toulon, Frejus, Resorts & More) (Provence food)
 
Product Description:
France is a beautiful country. French Riviera is the Mediterranean coastline. Many sunny days and warm water! Where is the best place for tourists in French Riviera? This book is overview of the best places to visit in this paradise on the Mediterranean coast!

Lonely Planet Provence & the Cote d'Azur (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Alexis Averbuck

Lonely Planet
Paperback (320 pages)

Lonely Planet Provence & the Cote d Azur (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Provence & the Cote d'Azur is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Try your luck in Monaco's swank casino, try local cheese and wine in hilltop villages overlooking lavender fields, or blend in with the celebrities in Cannes; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Provence and the Cote d'Azur and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Provence & the Cote d'Azur Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including history, art, literature, cinema, politics, architecture, landscapes, cuisine, wine, and more
  • Over 40 colour local maps
  • Useful features - including Outdoor Inspiration, Travel with Children, and Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar)
  • Coverage of Avignon, Arles, the Camargue, Hill Towns of the Luberon, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Haute-Provence, Southern Alps, St-Tropez, Toulon, Cannes, Nice, Monaco, Menton, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Provence & the Cote d'Azur, our most comprehensive guide to Provence and the Cote d'Azur, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's France guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer or Lonely Planet's Discover France, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Emilie Filou, Alexis Averbuck, and John A Vlahides.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

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'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)


 
 
 

 
 
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