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Old December 18th, 2009, 06:41 AM   #1
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Marseille, France

It was a very short and very spontaneous day trip. Too bad I managed to catch a cold and spent most of the day in the hotel resting and drinking hot tea. But I did manage to take a few photos.

Marseille is the oldest city in France and is ranked second in terms of population. I have to say it is far from being the cleanest and tidiest city that I have been to (ok, I'll be open about that... it was probably the dirtiest and most neglected place that I have ever seen) but nonetheless seemingly there is alot to see and do (which I hardly took advantage of, unfortunately).

Marseille has some great old architecture, beautiful planning and, perhaps most importantly, spectacular landscapes. So here is what I managed to see in less than half a day.

Please note, these photos by no meats represent the whole city. Like I said, I had just a few hours, was feeling terrible (fever, cold and tired) and just kept thinking of how to get back to the hotel asap and have some sleep.

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View from the main entrance to the airport terminal
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This train (Alstom Coradia) took us to the city center. Too bad travelling by train is not the most convenient way of getting from the airport to central Marseille. The timetable seems irregular and inconvenient. The train, however, was amazing with lots of space even for very tall people
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Old December 18th, 2009, 06:44 AM   #2
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7. Views from the train
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A very angry loco
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Old December 18th, 2009, 06:45 AM   #3
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13. TGV Duplex carriages
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Approaching the main station
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Old December 18th, 2009, 06:46 AM   #4
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Areas around the train station were not the most pleasing ones
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Old December 18th, 2009, 06:47 AM   #5
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Saint Charles station looks impressive both from the inside and outside
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Stairs to the main station entrance
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Old December 18th, 2009, 06:48 AM   #6
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Old December 18th, 2009, 11:24 AM   #7
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Great shots, Marseille looks wonderful, and you've managed to find the gritty bits of the city as well. :P. Looking forward to your next batch.
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Old December 18th, 2009, 12:54 PM   #8
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looks so beautiful... bit like paris, only, i bet the weather's much better
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Old December 18th, 2009, 01:09 PM   #9
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The train often provides views of the not so good side of any city but the streets in the centre look very handsome and interesting. Thanks for pics.
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Old December 18th, 2009, 01:19 PM   #10
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Marseille is the oldest city in France and is ranked second in terms of population. I have to say it is far from being the cleanest and tidiest city that I have been to (ok, I'll be open about that... it was probably the dirtiest and most neglected place that I have ever seen).
Naples is worse but like Marseille also very vibrant but less ethnic.
I counldn't say that southern France and southern Europe cities are cleanest city in Europe.


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This train (Alstom Coradia) took us to the city center. Too bad travelling by train is not the most convenient way of getting from the airport to central Marseille. The timetable seems irregular and inconvenient. The train, however, was amazing with lots of space even for very tall people

Welcome in southern France, where they don't really know what rail transportation mean.
City like Marseille, Nice, Toulouse are know for being not well served by public transportation, expecially the sprawling suburbs.
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Old December 18th, 2009, 01:36 PM   #11
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Great pics! - You have captured the atmosphere of the city centre just as I remember it from my childhood. While far from being the prettiest city, I still love the place for its cosmopolitanism - and because it hasnt been gentrified to the same extent as have other French cities. Its old style Med. diversity, a bit like Alexandria or Tangiers at their time, where immigration has been a defining feature for decades / centuries (...), making it a great deal more interesting than what it may appear at first.
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Old December 18th, 2009, 02:52 PM   #12
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The city centre looks amazing! But I have to say some of those suburban places look third worldish which I find quite unbelievable.
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Old December 18th, 2009, 04:44 PM   #14
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Ya that looks like Marseille alright. Very Mediterranean in look and feel, very Southern European, very clothes hanging outside, very satellite dishes sticking outside of windows. Despite its ill-kept parts, Marseille has a unique charm in France and probably only seen in Napoli in Italy in Europe. Plus I once heard that the bluest sky in France is in Marseille.
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Old December 18th, 2009, 05:14 PM   #15
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I counldn't say that southern France and southern Europe cities are cleanest city in Europe.
But - why? Don't they know what street sweepers are? For example, my city - Riga - also looks horrible in early mornings, but when street sweepers finish their work, all is absolutely clean and tidy.
In Marseille, I have seen a woman who just sloped out a washbasin of dirty water right on the street! Here you would most probably have to pay fine for that.

But, apart from that, Marseille is really charming and interesting city, and there are also places which aren't dirty at all. I can recommend also the most popular movies where Marseille is shot - "Taxi" comedies - good comedies in our times when good comedies has almost extincted.
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Marseille city looks really amazing; not only the city center but also and the other areas of the city...
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Good city!

A bit, looks-like italian cities.
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Thanks for the comments and info guys.

Minato Ku, thanks for the info on the rail transport. I got it now. It's a surprise to me though that public transport in some areas in France is not so good. I always thought that all of France has great and efficient public transport (like in Paris).
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And here go the last batch of pictures


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MB Citaro is a common sight in Marseille
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Single rail ticket from Airport to Saint Charles station
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This is it. Thanks all for watching!
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