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On my first day in Marseille, I left my backpack and went to see the Vieux Port. Then I visited the area near the St. Jean Fort and the Cathedral Saint Mary Major. In the cathedral I was almost closed inside, fortunately there was still a guy who opened the door and the gate for me :). Near the church I discovered very interesting district. I saw the nice small streets with interesting graffiti. I walked a bit around but I felt a bit uneasy in the empty dark streets, So I decided to visit it once more during the day. Gigi told me that was the old part of Marseille called Le Panier. I walked around without any plan, just enjoying the views, changing my directions constantly when I saw something interesting.

From the Vieux Port, hike north up to this fantastic history-woven quarter, which is fabulous for a wander with its artsy ambience, cool hidden squares and sun-baked cafes. In Greek Massilia it was the site of the agora (marketplace), hence its name, which means ‘the basket’. During WWII the quarter was dynamited and afterwards rebuilt. Today it’s a mishmash of lanes hiding artisan shops, ateliers (workshops) and terraced houses strung with drying washing.
Here one of the many graffitis in this enchanting district. Strange that it was never shown on TE.

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Other graffiti here

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