Marseille is the second-largest city in France, after Paris, with a population
of 852,000 within its administrative
limits on a land area of 240 sq km. The urban area of Marseille extends
beyond the city limits with a population
of over 1,4 million on an area of 1,204 sq km. About 1,6 million people
live in the Marseille metropolitan area,
ranking it the 2nd among French metropolitan areas. It is located on the
southeast coast of France on the
Mediterranean Sea. Marseille is one of the largest commercial ports in
Fish market at Vieux Port, Marseille
Le Vieux Port, or Old Port, is where Marseille was founded. This natural
U-shaped harbor is for small fishing and
pleasure craft. Close to the Old Port, there are forts of Le Fort Saint
Nicholas and Saint Jean. The local specialty
is bouillabaisse, a delectable seafood soup.
The first class TGV double-deck train from Rennes to Marseille and SNCF's
Gare de Marseille Saint Charles
Gare de Marseille Saint Charles
Gare de Marseille Saint Charles.
Gare de Marseille Saint Charles.
Marseille Saint-Charles is the main railway station of Marseille. It is
the southern terminus of the Paris-Maruseille
railway, which opened in 1848. This station is located on top of a small
hill, and is linked to the city centre by
a monumental set stair and slope.
(L) Holiday Inn Marseille Saint Charles (M) Gare de Marseille (R) Hotel
There are two hotels very close to the Marseille railway station: Hotel
Ibis Marseille and Holiday Inn Marseille Saint Charles.
The Ibis has 12 smoking rooms and 160 non-smoking rooms. The percentage
of smoking rooms to the total is 7.0%. On the
other hand, Holiday Inn Saint Charles has 120 guest rooms and all non-smoking. It was newly opened in March 2010.
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The ratio of a smoking guest room to the total hotel rooms was calculated,
based on-the-spot investigation.
Metro signboard at Vieux port and automatic vending machine for metro tickets
Vieux-Port Metro station
Bougainville Metro station
La Fourragere Metro station and a metro route map
La Rose Metro station and the interior of a subway train.
There were few passengers in the train, and three French girls were singing
La Fourragere Metro station is located deep underground, and we can see
a residential area mountain behind.
(L) A bus-stop above the La Fourragere Metro station
(M) La Fourragere Metro station
(R) La Blancarde Metro station, where Tram 1 and Tram2 lines cross this
St. Charles Metro station. The wall of the station platform is decorated
by TVG train.
(L) Many people in a dubious character are seen near the entrance to the
Jules-Guesde Metro station.
(R) Place Jules-Guesde
(L) A Marseille tram car looks like a one-eye goblin.
(R) A restaurant along the Vieux-Port
(L) View from the Vieux-Port towards Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde
(R) An old house in Panier, Marseille
(L) Photograph shows a narrow allay and a tightly packed old house in Panier,
a hill district of Marseille.
(R) A tram car passing La Canebiere
Marseille tramway opened in 1876 and, unlike most other French cities,
has never closed and continues to
this day to operate. A 100% low-floor articulated light-rail trams manufactured
by Bombardier Transportation.
Yacht harbour at Vieux port
The Fort Saint-Jean
The Chateau d'If is a fortress (later used as a prison) located on the
island of If, the small island situated in
the Mediterranean Sea about a mile offshore in the Bay of Marseille. It
is famous for being one of the settings
of Alexandre Dumas' adventure novel The Count of Monte Cristo. The chateau
is a square, three-storey
building 28 meter-long on each side, flanked by three towers with large
The isolated location and dangerous offshore currents of the Chateau d'If
made it an ideal escape-proof prison,
very much like the island of Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay, was in
more modern times. Its use as a dumping
ground for political and religious detainees soon made it one of the most
feared and notorious jails in France.
It can now be reached by boat from Marseille's old port.
(L) Whales are on the surface of sea! (R) Chateau d'If
A passenger boat operating between Vieux port and the island of Chateau
(L) Approach to the If-Castle (R) Chateau d'If
(L) A courtyard of the If-Castle
(M) A tour conductor explaining how to handle their prisoners.
(R) A view from the dark narrow cell of a prisoner
(L) A pitiful flower beyond history
(R) The Islands of Ratonneu viewed from the If-Castle. There are a yacht
harbour and tennis courts.
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