Traipsing around the world with a guidebook in hand can make you feel like you’re suffering the same experience as everybody else. I have a hunch some of these travel book writers collaborate so they can keep us all in the one spot. A form of ‘tourist control’.
To be fair, occasionally the recommendations are brilliant. Most of the time however, they leave a lot to the imagination and more often than not very little change in your pocket. You end up rattling around the same old touristic hodgepodge, paying money for jam and schlepping through your well-earned holiday in a sheepish trance. By the time you’ve seen all the recommended places you’re ready to move onto the next destination because you feel indifferent about the current one.
Why? Because you’ve only skimmed the surface and haven’t dug deep enough to experience the place in its fullest dimension. What do I mean by that? I mean slowing down long enough to live as the locals live. To taste what they taste and to see what they see. That way you get to touch what’s beneath the surface. You get to feel the heartbeat of the place.
Hence, without further ado, I hereby present my little black book of killer feel-good portals in Marseille – the unique, the quirky and the plain good. Enjoy!
Rest, Sleep and Dream
If you like to explore your new surroundings on foot, your temporary home away from home needs to have an element of the X-factor and it should be central (yet tucked away), so you won’t feel as though you’re living in a bland, cold and austere hotel metropolis. Choose your accommodation as part of the whole experience and it can enhance your trip tenfold. All right. Let’s get you checked in so you can relax and prepare to explore your options for a cool aperitif before the sunset.
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