Marseille or Cannes for Gay Travelers?

Old Feb 6th, 2001, 08:42 PM
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Marseille or Cannes for Gay Travelers?

I have decided to narrow my decision down to Marseille or Cannes. I am starting in Paris and want to explore the Riviera of 3 days with my partner. We have to choose one city. Should I stay in Marseille or Cannes? I am interested to hear what travelers have to say about both of these cities??
Old Feb 7th, 2001, 05:54 AM
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Vince, Gay or not I think most of us still enjoy the same things. Marseille is not the prettiest of places, I would not be interested in spending time there. I think there is much more to see and do in the Cote d Azur.
Old Feb 7th, 2001, 02:44 PM
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hey, Vince, my (ignorant) advice is definitely Cannes--that's just because of what I've heard about Marseille, I haven't stayed there, but it just doesn't sound that it would be best--it's a large port city with a lot of transients and a very high N African immigrant population, working class, kind of high on crime/corruption. Now, it is true I've read some article recently in some magazine I get that Marseille is now the up-and-coming hip city for alternative art and music, so who knows, but there is really very little there to see (like museums), although they do have great seafood. I don't think they have a beach but I could be wrong. Marseille just isn't what I'd call the Riviera. Anyway, I do know a French Gay web site, maybe you should go there and ask that forum, they'd probably know (
Old Feb 12th, 2001, 08:40 AM
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Choosing between Marseille and Cannes is like opting between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. OK, Cannes is prettier, tidier, but smaller, much more money-oriented. Jeanine is right: Marseille is nowadays the upcoming city in France, even more so when the TGV links it to Paris in three hours (June 2001). The ethnic mix in this port city is quite unique, and gives it a true Mediterranean flavor. Things are more tense, but also more vibrant in Zidane's hometown than in Golden Age Cannes. And so is the gay life. Mind you, Nice would be an option that could give you the best of both world: the sophistication of Cannes, and the big city feel of Marseille.
Old Feb 12th, 2001, 04:17 PM
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Havent been to Cannes but its gotta be better than Marseille.Marseille had a lot of rough types saw used needles by statues that kinda thing .It was kinda creepy.

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