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My friend Barb and I are on a week long road trip so I'm hitting pause on Paris and will be sharing Sur La Route (On the Road) posts about our adventure. And it's been quite an adventure! We've driven down through France then into Spain and seen some of the most beautiful places.

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First up is Marseille, which took us about eight hours to reach from Paris (we had a few stops + misroutes, oops) and arrived at dusk. It is such a beautiful city and reminded me so much of being in San Francisco. Lots of high buildings and ornate windows + balconies.

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We stayed in an AirBnb apartment in Old Town, right behind the huge horseshoe port. I've never seen so many boats docked all together – amazing.

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It was quite tricky for us to find some great meals in Marseille and since food is such an important part of my travels, I got a little frustrated. The majority of the restaurants don't have websites and we'd arrive at places only to find that the business hours we'd hunted down online were wrong. A lot of closed doors, especially on Sunday + Monday.

We tried the best pizza in Marseille, which is known for Neapolitan style. It's called Chez Eitenne, where you're served one slice of cheese and one slice of anchovies with red sauce. We found even better at a tiny take-out place right behind our apartment called Pizza Saint-Jean (and also happens to be around the corner from terrific ice cream at le Glacier du Roi.)

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If you visit Marseille, a trip up to Basilica Notre Dame of the Garde is a must. The view is absolutely spectacular and you can walk all the way around the gorgeous church to get a panoramic view. Marseille is a stunner of a city and a great homebase for the day trips to the beaches. It's official, I love this city.