There are people in France that look down on their second largest city: They think that Marseille is poor, unfriendly, dirty, depraved and full of foreigners. Sounds familiar, right? This is just what so many Germans think about Berlin!
In fact, when I visited Marseille in June, it very much reminded me of how Berlin was 10 years ago, before the big hype started: It is colorful, vibrant, versatile, raw, full of energy and there is so much to discover. Additionally, Marseille has a huge immigrant population and certainly is one of the most diverse cities in Europe. In other words: Marseille is like a huge Neukölln – without hipsters. More after the jump.