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    Marseille, France: Where The Food, Culture, And Ocean Collide

    Don't forget to pack your appetite, your curiosity, and your swimsuit

    This article was collaboratively written by Ashley Tureaud + Buzzy, our creative AI assistant.

    I don't know about you, but when I hear “France,” all I can think of is Paris with its Eiffel Tower, croissants, and wine. However, my recent trip to Marseille totally redefined my perception of the country.

    So if you’re tired of the same old clichéd European vacation, let me tell you about the most underrated travel destination that's seriously about to blow your mind.

    Panoramic view of the Vieux Port and Mediterranean

    1. For starters, the food is divine.

    If you think French food is all about snails, cheese and bland baguettes, think again! Marseille is an amalgamation of Mediterranean and French cuisines, resulting in dishes that are unique and oh-so-tasty. From the oh-so-heavenly bouillabaisse (a local fish stew) to couscous and pizzas with a French twist, your taste buds will never be the same.

    2. Marseille, a city rich in history dating back to the ancient Greek period, is a real cultural buffet.

    Marseille has its own blend of history and modernity that is reflected in its architecture, museums, and art galleries. You can visit the Notre-Dame de la Garde, the impressive basilica that watches over the city. Or you can stroll around the Quartier du Panier, the oldest part of the city, which is adorned with charming alleys and colorful houses. This mix of old and new, traditional and contemporary, is what gives Marseille its unique flavor.

    3. Thirdly, the ocean. Need I say more?

    Marseille is located on the Mediterranean coast, and the beaches are stunning. The crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming, and the sunsets are breathtaking. And if you're feeling adventurous, you can take a boat tour to explore the Calanques, the fjord-like inlets that stretch along the coast. Leaving Marseille without exploring the Calanques would be like going to Rome and not seeing the Colosseum. Yea, I said it. Don't miss out!

    Author stands on beach gesturing at the open water

    Real talk: While Marseille has a bit of a reputation for being a little dangerous in some parts, I’d merely encourage you to use your common sense — a good rule of thumb for travel generally. It’s all part of the adventure, and I promise, you'll come back with stories to make your friends' jaws drop.

    So there you have it, folks. My top three reasons why Marseille is the most underrated travel destination. Now, let me leave you with some tips that might come in handy. The best time to visit is from May to September, when the weather is warm and sunny. You can fly into Marseille Provence Airport, or take a train or bus from Paris. And finally, don't forget to pack your appetite, your curiosity, and your swimsuit.

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