“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” – St. Augustine
I don’t really know how we ended up in Marseille, but for my first trip to France, my sister and I selected Marseille as our first stop, which is located on the South of France. Coming from the bustling city of Los Angeles, I somewhat expected Marseille to be similar, though with older architecture. Much to our surprise, Marseille is nothing like we could ever imagine. Marseille is definitely full of charm and history, but nothing like the large cities in the United States. Located on the Mediterranean coast, Marseille has been called the oldest city in France, and it truly is full of history. It is the 2nd largest city in France, following Paris, however, to me, I felt as if Marseille almost had a small town charm, with restaurants around the busy port, and the friendliest locals working on small shops. My trip to Marseille took me back hundreds of years, when horses and carriages strolled along the cobbled stones of the city of Marseille.Centuries old architecture were ever present, not a single modern building in sight. The feel of Marseille is nothing I have experienced, with almost a slow and relaxing atmosphere throughout the city. The locals were altruistic, accommodating and amiable, much to our delight. Marseille is an old city, but it is exceptionally captivating.