Marseille & Dijon ~ Sept 2000 ~ part 1~Marseille

Usually it’s Thursday thoughts here on Fraggles Other Place, but I’ve been going through some more old film photo’s for the Fragglefilm blog, so thought I’d share it here too. I’m off on a road trip through Belgium and Holland next week, but today am remembering a road trip through France back in 2000.

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Back in 2000 I went on a road trip with my pal Gaz. Neither of us could afford a ‘proper’ holiday so we decided to drive down to the South of France, find a B&B soak up some rays, and explore the area for a while. We ended up in Marseille. It has an interesting history, named Massilia, a Greek colony originally, being founded around 600BC and populated by settlers from Phocaea (modern Turkey). It became the preeminent Greek city in the Hellenized region of southern Gaul. The city-state sided with the Roman Republic against Carthage during the Second Punic War (218-201 BC), retaining its independence and commercial empire throughout the western Mediterranean even as Rome expanded into Western Europe and North Africa. However, the city lost its independence following the Roman Siege of Massilia in 49 BC, during Caesar’s Civil War, in which Massalia sided with the exiled faction…

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  1. beetleypete says:

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