Hotel Balladins Martigues
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... Marseille has a 2,600 year history which goes back to the ancient Greeks. It’s the oldest city in France, its second biggest (after Paris) and Europe’s 3rd largest port. It has around 825,000 people, with over 25% from North Africa. So, it’s a big, bustling, multi-cultural city. It was European Capital of Culture in 2013 so it’s been able to renovate many of its historic buildings and build a new tramway ...
... powers and so far we have found free parking on the street. Let's see if
The city is charming and is the home of Cezanne's art studio. If we lean out of the window
we can see Mount Victoire which plays a big part in many of Cezanne's paintings.
The city is also known for having wonderful markets most days of the week.
... at the top, with our own million dollar view. Walked back and went to the western side castle which is a Musee now. Great architecture & old and new marriage of stone, steel, and concrete quite spectacular. Then after beers, as it was 4pm, took the little train tour to areas we could no longer walk to. Sussed out the local restaurants for some options for dinner. Returned ...
... a park that people were stopping to ask us if we were leaving when we'd only just pulled up! We payed for our parking and crossed the road to walk along the esplanade that ran next to the beach which had carousels along it and celebrity cutouts to put your face in and take a photo. There were all these private beach spaces belonging to different hotels that were fenced off from each other, the people inside ...
... twist of fate, there is a bus awaiting train arrivals that goes to the centre of the town...too easy. We get there and find the hotel with no dramas at all...it is very close to the bus stop. The hotel is okay, the bathroom is big by French standards, although it has probably the oldest hair dryer in existence (see the photo). There is wifi, but only in the public spaces. We go out to explore and Cassis is very picturesque, very much like the postcards. It is ...