What to see in Marseille for two days


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December 29th 2018
Published: December 29th 2018
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View of the Vieux Port (Old Port)

Marseille is the oldest city in France. It is the second largest city, besides it is France’s busiest cruise and cargo port. In addition, this is the place where France’s national anthem ¨La Marseillaise¨ was created.




I know most of you after having read the first paragraph asked: ¨Why did Global Wanderluster mention cruise …in Marseille?, Is this blog post for cruise passengers?”. Well, part of my job experience involved ship work which allowed me to visit and explore ports around the world (whenever the ship stayed longer on the port<span>😉

I visited Marseilles for the first time in 2016 as a crew member to do dry dock for the company’s new ship which was christened one month later, so after duty I managed to go ashore and I asked the locals how to get to the downtown, they showed me the closest bus station. The ride from the port (Chantier Naval) to the closest department store (<em style="color:� text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen-Sans, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: italic; font-weight: 400; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; box-sizing: inherit; orphans: 2; widows: 2;
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View of the Rue de la Republique (Republique avenue)
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Vieux Port (The Old Port)




The Rue de la Republique (in English, The Republic Street) is the longest avenue in Marseille which leads you to the Vieux Port (The Old Port), this is surrounded by bistrots, shops, church and there are yatch rides to the Calanques or to any nearby bay. From the Old Port, you can take a bus to go to the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde located on top of the city (Bus 60) and if you like connecting with the sea by sitting on top of a medium-size rock then you have the Anse des Auffres which is a small fishing neighbourhood (Bus 83, you ought to get down at Vallon <em style="font-style:
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View of the Anse des Auffres, a small fishing neighbourhood
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Marseille is also known because of its handmade soap bars with different flavours and sold in different sizes. You can find them at the ¨Savoneries¨ (in English, soap shops) which are mainly located at the Old Port and at nearby picturesque neighbourhoods.

As a crew member, I visited Marseille 3 times and as a Global Wanderluster only once (for the moment), it is always a honour to come back to places and know its streets by heart as if you were at home. Let’s see what the universe sends us next around this fabulous world

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