Visiting European City - Marseille

Phocaea City - Marseille, France

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Marseille Europort

Marseille Europort

"On the 24th of February, 1815,
 the look-out at Notre-Dame de la Garde
 signalled the three-master, 
 the Pharaon from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples."

So begins my favorite novel by Dumas "The Count of Monte Cristo" and so begins for me city of Marseille.

Unfortunately, I did not know about Marseille anything except that you can deduct from the novel. As we were here for one day in September 2009, I learned about the city some other interesting things.

The Light of Civilization

The Light of Civilization

For example, the fact that Marseille was founded by Phocaeans about 600 BC.

A Taverna

A Taverna

And in the Old Port they have put a commemorative plate for this event. I imagine that the Phocaeans (Greek sailors from the Phocaea city in Asia Minor) actually landed right on this spot where I stood.

And the first thing we did was to sit at a table in the taverna in the Old Port.

I believe that the Phocaeans also liked at their time to sit in such taverns and to drink wine that was stored in these barrels.

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Culinary specialities of Marseille:

- Aïoli (mayonnaise based on garlic)
- Anchoïade (anchovy paste)
- Bagna cauda ("warm sauce")
- Bouillabaisse
- Brandade (fish and vegetables purée)
- Calissons
- Farigoule (liqueur based on thyme)
- Frigolet-liqueur
- Herbes de Provence
- Pastis
- Pieds et Paquets (sheep-maw)
- Pissaladière (onion tart)
- Poutargue ("Caviar of Provence")
- Tomatoes of Provence
- Daube (Bull Stew in the Style of the Camargue)
- Tapenade
- Goat cheese ("der Chèvre")