THE ETERNAL ENCHANTMENT OF THE SOUTH
In Marseille, a few hours on the Old Port or in the narrow streets of the Panier district, the original town center with its medieval feel, are all it takes for the city to cast its spell. The magic continues along La Canebière, the historic main thoroughfare, named in reference to the hemp merchants and ropemakers who used to ply their trades here, and in the rocky landscape of the calanques, cooling coastal inlets where sheer walls of limestone plunge down to the turquoise sea. They lie at the gates of the city, under the watchful eye of Notre Dame de la Garde, the basilica personified as the “kindly mother” of Marseille. Just 30 kilometers (18 miles) away, Aix en Provence exudes a different kind of charm with its refined architecture, an exuberant blend of the Italian and French classical styles.