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The Doors and Windows of Marseille

After my first true visit to Marseille, I can’t say enough good things about the city. While I’m composing my thoughts for a post on the long weekend, I want to share some highlights: the doors and windows of Marseille.

Marseille, the second largest city in France, is one of those places where photographers are compelled to stop every few seconds to take a picture. When walking through the historic heart of Marseille, “Le Panier” district, I snapped photos at almost every corner. The artistic spirit of the area was electric. Paintings and graffiti on walls and buildings were expressions of the culture and the people. They were colorful, energetic, and eclectic. It was the doors and windows of Marseille and Le Panier, however, that made me melt.

These photos of Le Panier district help set the scene for the video of doors and windows shown below. Believe me, it’s only a small sample of the area and its creativity.

 

 

Enjoy this brief look at the doors and windows of Marseille.

Stay tuned for more: the views, the history and the food of the fabulous seaport city.

 

 

 

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10 replies »

  1. Love the doors and windows, but I cannot tolerate graffiti. I find it to be among the most disrespectful acts of vandalism. Yes, these artists may be creative, but could they please be considerate of the historic value of the “canvasses” they are spray painting. Unlike a museum or gallery where you choose to enter or not the passerby is an unwilling hostage of the “artwork”. Large, landscape “tattoos” are akin to large, political billboards, and I, for one, don’t believe these charming city centers should bear testiment to these enduring, illustrated opinions.

  2. Deborah time is moving along and you are not wasting a second. Great pictures of the streets of Marseille. I am anxious to see you next blog about the food and the rest of the City.

    • I was so impressed by the city. A total surprise and somewhere I’ll want to visit again and again. It’s so easy to get there from Uzes. We must go this summer!

  3. Bonjour !
    About Marseille; during your time there, did you feel ” safe ” ? We often hear how we have to be careful about pickpockets, etc.
    Do you think it’s like any big city ?
    I enjoy the pictures, another way to travel.

    Merci,
    Céline

    • I felt totally safe while I was in Marseille. I will say I was in and around Le Vieux Port area, which I would imagine would be ripe for pickpockets. Yes, you’re right. It’s like any big city. Some places are not as pleasant and safe as others. It’s the reputation for “not safe” that kept me from going to Marseille before now. I’m so glad I had the chance to prove myself wrong. It’s a great place to visit! A great place for photos, too. Glad you enjoyed them. More to come later…

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