Thursday, May 3, 2012

Marvellous City

Marseille is a yeasty city with new construction going up alongside buildings centuries of years old. The city was selected as the European Capital of culture fro 2013, which the Marsellais find hysterically funny. It has been a seaport for many centuries, first colonized by the Greeks and Romans - it developed a culture apart, and was the seat of the troubadours and courtly love. it was not actually part of France until the 17th century. It's also the gateway to Provence.

The first two lines on the mosaic plaque say:

Merveilleuse cité
Ancrée en Mediterranée

Marvellous City
Anchored in the Mediterranean

7 comments:

Tomás Serrano said...

Are you in Europe now? I think you'd love Spain...

yvette said...

bonjour...in europe!
have fun!
still love you

martinealison said...

Marseille est assurément une très belle ville.
Ses environs sont tout aussi merveilleux.
gros bisous

susan christensen said...

interesting juxtaposition, the mural and the glimpse of the dome beyond the wall. Ah, traveling!

Charles Gramlich said...

Seaports have their unique charm for sure.

tony said...

Enjoy! Ive never been there but I Have heard fine things about it.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

after marseille hope you get a chance to go through the gateway - love, love, love provence!