One very awkward englishman, boldly goes…

BBC article : Marseille: One Square Mile of France

The Marseille 2013 PR machine has been whirring into action, with several articles in major worldwide publications going to print lately. Many of them focus on the same old issues and clichés of the city, such as illegal immigration, high poverty and crime – which is a real shame as many other European cities face the similar problems, but don’t get the same negative press.

This new article and video by the BBC paints Marseille in more of a positive light, whilst still talking about clichés and stereotypes of the city. For me, it is very hard to sum Marseille up in just one article or report. It is a very complex and unique place that really can’t be understood in a short stay or a fleeting visit. It is in my opinion a magical exciting and intoxicating place which is unlike anywhere else in France or the World.

So if you do read one of the countless articles that are cropping up, take everything they say with a slight pinch of salt and come and experience Marseille for yourself to get a true picture of what this city is like.



2 responses

  1. I was actually thinking of this blog (and you) when I saw that article on the Beebs; your writing is the closest thing I know about and of Marseilles.

    April 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm

  2. As we are in Aix again, I visited Marseille for the second time in only four months and I am really in love with the city. I love the special atmosphere and its unique location and am really looking forward to visit again next year, as I’d love to see some expos and participate in projects when this magical place will be European Capital of Culture.

    We were in Frioul: didn’t know the place, but I can imagine watching the sunset there must be amazing. Did you ever see it since you live there?

    April 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm

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