Marseille, France. Out
port is the largest port in the Mediterranean Sea. There are cold
winters here, unlike the French Riviera. There are high winds and
low rainfall, so water must come through canals from the Alps.
Pathways to the top of the mountain are closed in the summer because
of fire risk.
There are 1.5 million residents; the same as in 1960. Marseille is
the most ancient town in France. It was established in the 6th
century BC by Greece. Greece introduced the olive tree.
Bits of information: People work 35hr/week and have six weeks
vacation. Usually two weeks are taken in August. People pay 30% of
their salary for medical care; it is free for people over 65. There
are more older people and fewer younger people, so health reform is
needed but is politically difficult (sounds like home). Because of
the Plague and Cholera, families made their own wine to avoid
drinking the untreated water. Each region has its own type of grape
and must use only that type for wine. Elm trees have died, so
"plain" trees were planted. Plain trees are like Sycamore. In the
6th century over 3,000 Protestants were killed by Catholics, so
Protestants hid in this mountainous area. Thus, this area is more
Protestant than the rest of France.
Bonnieux is a small, beautiful, mountain village.