A Jewish Day in Aix-en-Provence

Camp des Milles isn’t exactly the image one has in mind of southern France. A former tile factory just minutes from the center of Aix-en-Provence, the complex was requisitioned by the French government during World War Two, first to house those suspected of fascist sympathies and later, after the fall of France, as a depot…

The Ultimate Guide to Marseille!

Marseille is France's second largest city, its most important economically throughout history, and perhaps also its most misunderstood. It has a reputation for being gritty, working-class, and unsafe. The history drew me here, and I fell in love with the city. Don't miss the rest of our content on Marseille and the surrounding area by…

Why Marseille

When I announced that I would be spending a month in the Southern French city of Marseille, it was met with some disbelief and bewilderment. "But Marseille is dangerous," some said. "Marseille is dirty," cried others. As my month here comes to an end, I can safely and confidently share that I made the right…

Avignon: A Tale of Two Popes

In 1305, Pope Clement V, under pressure from King Phillipe IV of France, refused to move to Rome and instead established his court at Avignon, where he purchased the city and its surroundings from the Provençal ruler. This began the only period of popes ruling from outside Rome, and led to decades of competing popes.…

The Tastes of Marseille

Marseille is not a city of incredible sights. There are few monuments to its glory, present or past; only a couple of "must-visit" locations exist to tantalize tourists. No, this is not a city of sights. Marseille is, however, a city of sounds, of the calls of seabirds and the melodious tones of French in…