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Step Back to The Beginning of Time Back at Musée d’ Histoire de Marseille

Marseille is the oldest town in France, so when you walk along by the Vieux Port, you are following in the footsteps of Greek fishermen, shopkeepers, sailors and traders who established their colony in 600 BC.  They, and the Romans who arrived later have left traces that emerge so often when a new building takes place.

…Continue reading here for details on Lynne’s visit to the Musée d’ Histoire de Marseille, one of the largest museums in Europe. This museum received some funding ahead of the Year of Culture (2013) to improve and modernise the displays. If you are interested in history, add this museum to your “must-see” list. There are over 4000 artefacts in the collection covering 26 centuries of human settlement in Marseille (Greek: Massalia). The museum is steps from the Vieux Port, and Lynne confirmed it is worth a visit.

Visitor Information

Musée d’ Histoire de Marseille
2 Rue Henri Barbusse, 13001 Marseille
Tel. +33 (0)4 91 55 36 63
Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday 10h to 18h

MuCEM Marseille Explore Provence @PerfProvence

While you are in Marseille

Deborah the Barefoot Blogger spends a Weekend in Marseilles and discovers its stormy past and brilliant future.

Marseille Stories: The last Paysanne of Plan-de-Cuques. Looking around France’s second-largest city it is hard to think of anything but a large urban centre. Dorothy Garabedian shares her visit to this tiny commune on the fringe of Marseille.

Discover Historical Marseille – What Lies Beneath Ground? Lynne shares more historical information, about the ancient Roman canals of Marseille.

Beaches, islands and museums and other reasons to visit Marseille.

And, then there is bouillabaisse.


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Lynne Alderson

Aixcentric was set up by Lynne Alderson three years ago as a channel to send out info on events taking place around Aix as well as news, relevant books, the latest films, new shops and of course where to eat locally. Why?

According, to Lynne:

"It came about out of frustration with the lack of communication in the town. Posters would suddenly go up about an event that week. No prewarning. I had difficulty too in finding information from many of the tourist offices. Things are slowly getting better and there is sometimes information in English. Hopefully by keeping an eagle eye on the local press and talking with contacts in town, I can publicize fun things that people would otherwise miss. It's a ragbag of info that I come across on my travels. I've published nearly 600 posts now and have lots of followers so hopefully, it is fulfilling its role of helping people, residents and visitors alike, get the most of their time in Aix."

For what is going on in Aix-en-Provence, Lynne has you covered at Aixcentric

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