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The Scooters of Marseille (France) - August, 2013
First, I may inform you that Marseille can be write with an ending “s” in English, once upon a time the English adaptation of Marseille and Lyon were Marseilles and Lyons, now it’s not used anymore the original French name being prefered but I like the “s” even if it’s s little silly.
And now what the actual fuck anon?
I can’t mention my city of adoption because it’s crappy? You are actually telling me that I cannot talk about the city where I live because you dislike it? Of course, I forgot we are all contractually obligate to talk only about the cities that you anon (and many people here in France too) consider pretty enough and clean enough and French enough isn’t it?
I’ve heard these so many times, people can leave in the worst neighborhoods of Paris or in the smallest crappy village forgotten by God and still feel entitled enough to talk crap about Marseille.
For your information Marseille is one of the oldest city of France founded by the Greeks, if you don’t see many monumental ancient constructions or historical neighborhoods is because Marseille is a port. It was conquered and destroyed by the Sarrasins, the Catalans, the Holy Roman Empire, the Spanish and it was reconstructed every time. It was also reconstructed with the Nazi decided the oldest quarter of the cities had to be evacuated and bombed.
Also, did you know? in 1218 all it’s inhabitants were excommunicated for revolting and that in Roman times it endured 2 moths of siege by the Roman army before surrendering and in 1794 Marseille protested so hard that for one month it’s name was changed to “La ville sans nom” aka the City Without a Name..
But you probably don’t care, after all it’s an ugly city and “ only good thing is the harbor” well I’m glad you appreciated the harbor because being the first maritime port of France the harbor is kind of useful for the country economy. You see Marseille is a maritime city, that’s why there are so many people from different countries, so many cultures and so much commerce, that’s why we get an agreeable weather all year long and that’s what made it for centuries and still makes the entry door for France for tourist and immigrant, and for goods.
But maybe you’re talking about the touristic harbor, and yes it’s really fucking beautiful
but most people say it’s a shame that the surrounding neighborhoods are so poor because God forbid that poor people live in the center of a city and not isolated were nobody can see them. Also people are eager to think that the Quartiers North are the French version of Sin City and ignore all the beautiful parts of the city
Wow this is so ugly
What a crappy city omfg
And there is so much more like the Promenade du Prado, the Estaque and Pointe Rouge, the parc du pharo and Parc Puget in the center in the city, there is Cours Julien and so much to see and do.
I’m not saying it’s all good, Marseille more than poor is an unequal city, the problem is not that there are too many immigrants or too many people from different countries in may opinion that is what constructed the city and gives it its personality. The problem is that France is unequal that there are racism problems and that not everybody has the same chances, there are violence problems caused by wider networks of Mafia and drug trafficking that the French government is unable to tackle in Marseille as well as everywhere else, the problem is that abusive construction were allowed to be created.
And yes Marseille is different, people speak with a different accent and there are people from everywhere there, the oldest Marseille patricians have name like Cantini and the metro is not nearly as efficient as it could be but you don’t get to say that Marseille is not beautiful that when you walk and hear people speaking Arabic in some streets and cap verdian Creole it’s not beautiful. You can tell me that having sunny days in winter and people taking their time is not nice.
Marseille have it’s faults, it’s very serious problems and particular configuration of social and urban relations but the you cannot tell me that the media and many misguided people aren’t ready to jump in the wagon of picturing Marseille as something horrible when it’s problems are the problems all of France and all big cities suffer and ignore what enriching lessons the city and it’s people can give.
So anon, kindly go away and preferably not to Marseille.
I almost never talk about the beautiful city I live in, and that’s a shame. So, Marseille. Marseille was founded by Greeks and my Algerians friends say it looks like Alger. Which in sure it does, Marseille is sunny, almost all year long but it’s cold in winter because of the Mistral a strong wind that can make little dogs and child fall. It’s a dirty city as in, it’s not very clean, is a poor city, much poorer than Paris and Lyon, the others big cities of France. Marseille is mixed and it’s a port city, it’s open and economically divided and resting in front of the Mediterranean. Marseille have the best pizza and great markets and friendly people with and accent. It’s authentic and really unappreciated and I like it very much. And even if it’s not my city Marseile is not a selfish city so I’m think I’m allowed to like her.
A Contre-Lumière, Marseille. Exposition en préparation pour 2013.