We were in Marseille yesterday, May 30. It's 7:30 a.m. now on the 31st and we're getting ready to disembark to spend the day in Florence. It's midnight in Chicago and even earlier in Tucson and Eugene! Hard to believe.
Marseille is the largest port in France, and the second largest city in France. Seems to be more of a working class, port city leaving the culture to other more interior spots. We didn't do any major shore excursions today. We did take a bus from the boat to the edge of town, about 15 minutes away. We wandered the streets and had a cup of tea at a tea house enjoying the Mediterranean air and vistas of tile roofs, citrus trees, and the sea.
The French are a proud people, proud of their country (hope that quality can be redeemed in the US at some point). It's interesting that, at least in Marseille, there are fewer English speaking people than we found in Barcelona. Is that a difference of the working class town v haute culture of Barcelona? Or is it that the French are more ethnocentric and could care less if you/we don't understand them. A kin to the American arrogance of--"you're in France, speak French!"
Did a little workout at fitness land on the boat, my first time in any of our three cruises. Won't know till tomorrow if I nuked myself on the recumbent bike. It would be nice to have a little flexibility to do some gym-type workouts when I can't be on my own bike.