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Enjoy Marseille by Train

By: David Leonhardt

Date Added : September 24, 2011 Views : 542
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The beautiful city of Marseillehas a population of 852,395 inhabitants and is known as the second largest city in France, second only to Paris. Marseille is built near the Mediterranean Sea along the southeast coast of France. France's largest commercial port is located in Marseille. Not only France's second largest city, Maresille also is the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and the Bouches-du-Rhône deprtment (yes, France is divided up in many criss-cross ways). The climate is "Mediterranean ", which should come as no surprise based on the location, and the summer season enviably lasts from May to October every year. Winters span through December, January and February but even so the temperatures are mild, with an average temperature of 54 degrees farenheit during the day and highs of 39 degrees farenheit at night.

France has a train system for tourists to use to enjoy a full tour around the country (called the TGV - or "train a grande vitesse), and there is no better home base from which to kick off than in the Marseille train station; the train network has routes that will carry you on a tour of all corners of France in just four weeks’ time. Trips can be taken four to nine days, either separately or consecutively. There are first and second class tickets to choose from, too. France's TGV High Speed Trains offer special rates to seniors,to children, and to groups of two or more people traveling together. A visitor can make a train reservation at any of the major French train stations or airports (including Marseille). The adult first class ticket is $167 and the second class is $119.

It is just a hop, skip and a ride away from Marseille. Paris is the home of the famous lenardo da Vinci painting Mona Lisa and the statue David. Paris has a list of museum’s that represent the famous Picasso and Monet works of artworks, as well as the best Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci collections. The museums in Paris are open on the weekend for visitors to tour. However, most museums in Paris are closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays and on some major holidays.

Here are a few places to visit or tour in Marseille: the Old Port, La Canbiere, Palais Longchamps, Notre Dame de la Garde, 'Vieille Charité', The Saint-Victor Abbey, The Jardin des Vestiges, and the 'Cité radieuse'.

- The Old Port sees plenty of activity from cruise ships stopping by as well as local activity on shore. This is where you can find the fish market, plenty of atmosphere and perhaps even a bite to each.

- La Canbiere is a wide street that runs from one end of Marseille to theother.

- Palais Longchamps is a place to go and relax in the gardens of flowers and fountains, and to enjoy an amazingly designed edifice that houses the fine arts collections of Marseille.

- Notre Dame de la Garde is a tourist attraction best known for its bell tower with a statue of the Virgin Mary on top. It offers a beautiful view of the harbor.

- 'Vieille Charité' is a domed chapel dating back to the 17th century and is now the home of the Museum of Mediterranean Archeology.

- The Saint-Victor Abbey comes to us courtesy of the 11th and 12th centuries. It houses crypts and ancient remnants.

- The Jardin des Vestiges is a facinating site that is nothing like what the name means. "Jardin" is French for "garden". It is in fact what remains of a Greek port that existed 2500 years ago.

- 'Cité radieuse' is the 'unité d'habitation' of le Corbusier, a landmark in Marseille that has a unique design that architects will like to see.

A vacation to Marseille, France is the vacation you have been dreaming about. Get there in the train form Paris to marseille. Stay and have fun. Then hop on the train and enjoy a trip around the rest of France.

Hop aboard the train to Marseille train station, the city of culture and history. For TGV train schedules check the Marseille TGV schedules and fares.

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