Marseille (Provence), France
Marseille, the largest port in the Mediterranean and the second largest city in France, serves as your gateway to the lush fertile region of Provence and all its cultural contributions to gastronomic excellence, Impressionistic art, and ancient architecture.
This port city is a worthwhile stop on your Southern France excursion if not just to experience the down-to-earth warmth of Marseille's residents. This cosmopolitan city with a generous heart boasts a trading history that goes back more than 2,500 years.
Inland from Marseille, Avignon has an immaculately preserved old center, enclosed by medieval walls built by the last of nine popes who were based here during the 14th century. You'll also find museums, monuments, eateries of all kinds and ample opportunities to shop.
About 16 miles from Marseille is Aix, a picturesque college town filled with youthful energy and students from all over the world. Birthplace of Paul Cézanne, this master painter found inspiration all around him, such as Mont Ste-Victoire, which became a favorite subject at the end of his life.
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