Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sipping Pastis in Marseille

train station Marseille
Its reputation may be tarnished, but Marseille offers travellers pretty much everything; sunny skies, art, terrific food and a rich diverse history dating back more than 2000 years. Marseille was not a destination that I had initially considered, but it was a starting point before going to Cassis for a beach holiday. You can take the rapid train (TGV) from Paris and arrive in Marseille in three and a half hours. This is an easy trip especially if you have a certain appreciation for train travel.

Upon arriving at the Marseille train station, you'll immediately notice the trees that are growing in the station. That's when I decided that I was going to like this city that had planted real trees in their train station. And they didn't just plant one tree, but many. As an added bonus, the station is a monument in itself. The ornate, decorative staircase leading down from the station was first opened to the public in 1925 and it is truly exceptional.

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