Viva Marseille

Bilddokumentation der Stadt Marseille für Maison de la france.

Photodocumentation of the city Marseille for Maison de la France.

2 – Itinerary

Monday 31st of March

Departure: London Gatwick at 09.30 am

Arrival: Marseille Provence at 12.20 pm

Friday 4th of April

Departure: Marseille Provence at 12.45 pm

Arrival: London Gatwick at 13.25 pm

A person from Marseille’s Tourist Board will come to collect you at the airport.

You will travel with Ellie Harvey (07925790927 / who is going to Aix en Provence. 

Monday, March 31st
Arrival in Marseille. Transfer to the hotel Kyriad ** on the Vieux port.
Free time to rest and relax.

Dinner with Silvie Allemand, press manager, at the restaurant les Arcenaulx, located in the ancient district dating from the XVII century.

Tuesday, april 1st
9.00 a.m Guided tour of Marseille with Silvie Allemand to discover the basilica Notre Dame de la Garde (XIX century) and the panorama.
Walking tour in the oldest part of the city called “le Panier” with Silvie Allemand, stop at the roman museum and la vieille Charité.

Lunch at the pizzeria “chez Etienne”, a typical place to eat a pizza.
In the afternoon : Visit of the building “les Docks” and the project Euroméditerranée with Anthony Abhissira, press assistant.

Free time.

7.30 p.m Aperitif at le bar de la Marine, very famous by Marcel Pagnol, the author of Marius, Fanny et César. Today, it is one of the very hype spot.
8.00 p.m Dinner at “le 29” cours Estienne d’Orves with Marion Fabre, press assistant,

Wednesday, April 2nd

9.00 a.m Visit of la Friche de la Belle de Mai, an old factory transformed in a cultural centre for exhibitions, theatres …
Departure along the coast road, la Corniche, stop at le Vallon des Auffes, a small and lovely port.
After lunch at the restaurant of le Corbusier building. Visit of a flat and the terrace with Dominique Gerardin, hotel manager.
Visit of the Modern Art Museum (MAC) or the Velodrome Stadium.

Free time.

8.00 p.m Dinner at OM Café.

Thursday, April 3rd

9.00 a.m or 10.00 a.m Boat to the Château d’If, the famous castle of the Count of Monte Cristo. Free visit with the city pass.
Free lunch.
In the afternoon, walking tour with Marion Fabre in the centre of Marseille, the shopping area, tramway to Longchamp palace, visit of museum of fine arts “Grobet Labadie”an ancient mansion from the XIX century or the Fondation Regards de Provence which presents an modern art exhibition and the new library.

7.30 p.m Aperitif at le Crystal, a very busy spot for young people.
8.00 p.m Dinner chez Carmine, a pasta restaurant with Maxime Tissot, general manager of the tourist office.

Friday, April 4th

Markets on the Prado avenue, it is one of the most beautiful markets of the city. On the right side, flowers and on the left side, vegetables, fruits and clothes.
Visit of the Parc du XXVI centenaire, this is the last garden opened in Marseille to commemorate the oldest city of France. In front of the entrance, you can see the Tree of hopeful with the name of more than 300 000 inhabitants.

Departure from Marseille.“ (Briefing from Maison de la france)

Notes on the trip to Marseille


Geographically Marseille is settled in the south of France, is a harbor city and the oldest in France, founded by the Greeks.

Marseille is the second biggest city of France (in terms of population). In terms of size it is even bigger than Paris, whereby Marseille doesn’t have any suburbs but districts.

Thereby the districts are reoperating by different societies. the specific thing hereby is, which is apparently representative for whole France, is the building or integration of immigrants through the high building which are located mostly in the outskirts of Marseille.

On a sociological level Marseille is characterized for its high percentage of immigrants, which are mainly from north Africa, Italy and Chinese. Overall there are about 176 different nationalities in Marseille.

Political Marseille is slightly right winged.

Economical: Marseille‘ s economics increased highly in the last 10 years. Before 10 years the possibilities of working in Marseille was very week (although Marseille was more a working city than province). The unemployment rate was very high. Since the introduction of the Eurometaeriano (which is a form the government supported organizing who are changing the economic system of Marseille by searching for investors for their new office and production building). Euromediterano also develops new educational building plus residential buildings, also including council houses plus hotels for the temporary business people.

Euromediterrano, which is one of the biggest projects the government imitated within France, is going to change the whole infrastructure of Marseille. New business building and therefore business sectors are going to be introduced, employment opportunities rising and also the tourism is going to increase.

Eurometiderrani focus hereby on the aspect of the third sector, also creating a calmer environment by reducing the traffic.

This development which is highly positive for one part of the society in Marseille seems to have a highly negative effect on other coastwise, mostly mixed culture and low paid inhabitants. Through the massive change in infrastructure people in that areas have to move outwards. Tis as an effect on areas like the highly mixed part of le panier, which is mostly inhabit by mixed cultures and artist.

Culture: Marseille isn’t really well known for its cultural aspect although they are candidating for the cultural city of Europe in 2013, which is an important step for them in order to increase their importance in cultural and therefor touristic and economical aspects.

Tourism: In terms of tourism Marseille made a big step since the last ten years. Those days Marseille was interesting in terms of tourism for half a day visits, nowadays the city is going to visited by people for about 2 till 5 days.


Visiting this city for 5 days and talking to different people with different backgrounds I think Marseille is a highly developing and changing city. Mainly though Euromediterano and the nowadays interest of Tourism Marseille is going to be one if the modern towns in France. At the moment Marseille is still lacking in finding an identify, because, as the most people comment, of the lack of success. Although Marseille people are still very much connected with their city, by claiming the beautiful country side, the sea next to the city, the mostly beautiful weather (was actually on one the days there when it was raining, usually it just rains during the night. fantastic) and the laid back culture of the people.

Observing and talking with them I think that is quite understandable. Relaxed people who are very nice although not being able and interested in talking another language since French…

Anyway overall and because of the political, economical and geographical situation a highly interesting city. This becomes mostly visible in the architecture and the people. Both are representing in a very distinctive way the different ages plus the different societies which are living, although being the biggest city in France, highly close together, on a very small space.

Would I have the possibility of going there again I would focus on the council houses on the outskirts (famous buddling from the 50s. Name???, nowadays highly expensive), on the immigration and on the renewed places and the project of Euromediteran (workers and architecture).

Within this project I was focussing on the Parameter of the tourism office, who weren’t sure about the approach but were kind of interested in covering all for tourism important places.

Therefore, I focussed om representing the different parts of the town in a for me suitable way. Because of the lack of information’s (audience etc.) I try to take a lot of different approaches towards the topic in order to cover everything.

Anyway let’s see. I hope you like it.

In terms of organization I was positive surprised about the motivation of the tourism office in Marseille. Excellent customer care and a diverse program till in the evening with a book release party on a boat, a photography opening and different meals in a variety of restaurant with different people. Many many thanks. (Word dok for Maison de la franc eafter my trip)