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super_al May 26, 2012 12:58 AM

hello all
im heading on a cruise to marseill for a day
and i was thinking that it was better heading to aix-en-provence to see the food markets and eat there
or are there any better markets in the area ?
or just better head to chatenuf du pape for some wine and chees?

thanks for all your help

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  1. boredough RE: super_al May 26, 2012 01:06 AM

    What day of the week will you be in Marseille?

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      Parigi RE: boredough May 26, 2012 01:09 AM

      http://www.beyond.fr/a/calmktsday.html

    2. sunshine842 RE: super_al May 26, 2012 01:12 AM

      I'd skip Chateauneuf no matter what -- the shortest train trip is 1-1/2 hours each way, with at least one transfer. Way too much screwing around for a day trip.

      How long is the time in Marseille for the ship? That makes a big difference, too.

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        super_al RE: sunshine842 May 26, 2012 01:30 AM

        We will arrive at7am and i think the ship leaves at 4pm
        On a saturday

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          Parigi RE: super_al May 26, 2012 02:12 AM

          Sunshine is right. You know there are places in Provence other than Châteauneuf du Pape that have wine and cheese, that do not entail 3 hours commute from Marseille.

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            sunshine842 RE: super_al May 26, 2012 02:57 AM

            I would concentrate on either staying close to Marseille, or taking one of the tours offered by the ship itself.

            If you head out on your own and don't make it back in time (and you really don't have much time to begin with) the ship is not going to wait for you.

            If you head out with a ship-offered excursion, they're much more likely to wait if something goes pear-shaped.

            The Vieux Port area is very pleasant to walk around, the Notre Dame (and the view ) are a great visit, and you could have Bouillabaisse in its birthplace.

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              ChefJune RE: sunshine842 May 29, 2012 10:24 AM

              <The Vieux Port area is very pleasant to walk around, the Notre Dame (and the view ) are a great visit, and you could have Bouillabaisse in its birthplace.>

              I'd stay in Marseille.

        2. boredough RE: super_al May 26, 2012 06:33 AM

          Further to Parigi's & sunshine842's responses, if your cruise is offering an excursion to Aix, then it is certainly a nice thing to do - the market on Saturday is huge & extremely varied. However, if you decide to stay in Marseille, I'd recommend Chez Fonfon in the (adorable) Vallon des Auffes for delicious bouillabaisse.

          1. mangeur RE: super_al May 26, 2012 07:19 AM

            There is a lively Saturday market in Marseille on Avenue de Prado at Castellane Metro stop. You should be able to pick up fine picnic ingredients and have plenty of time to enjoy them.

            Google "Le marché du Prado un samedi matin" for a detailed description in French. Or "Marseille tourist information" for on-line details.

            Many town markets here: http://provence.angloinfo.com/informa...

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