Marseille is by and large a slum. The second largest city in France, and its biggest seaport, is old, ugly, and dangerous. Drug gangs and local mafia thrive here as does tourism now. I would have much preferred that we stopped in either St. Tropez or Cannes.
However there are a few pretty old buildings and they are working at cleaning up the “Old Port”
And the Provencal food served here is the BEST. I’m talking mussels, sardines, fish soup, and their untouchable bouillabaisse, which originated right here.