Marseille is the second-largest city in France, after Paris, with a population
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
Marseille is one of the largest commercial ports in France.
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
(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,
Saint Charles has 120 guest rooms and all non-smoking. It was newly opened in March 2010.
Smoking Restriction at Hotels in the World: Actual Survey
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,
closed and continues to this day to operate. A 100% low-floor articulated
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 gun embrasures.
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
in more modern times. Its use as a dumping ground for political and religious
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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The photographs were taken in May, and the article was written in June
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.