A short business trip to Marseilles – disaster is guaranteed

Your correspondent had a working board meeting in Marseille and noted 3 quite agonising matters:

  1. If Berlusconi was still around he could also be told that the French cuisine in Marseille, like their colleagues in Nice, have a lot to learn about food and drinks from Finland. His criticism of Finnish food when compared to Italian was such an “alternative truth” that we can ignore it today and be proud of what we serve top at home and in restaurants. Restaurant food in Marseille was characterised by expensive tough meat, greasy fish and the absence of fresh vegetables. Prices are high because tourists flocks are huge. The only bread they appear to enjoy is the factory-made white stuff that the French gobble up without much appreciation of healthier alternatives. Deserts are full of cream and sugar. The choice of wine was better and certainly much cheaper, but water comes in expensive bottles – with or without gas… Tap water tastes better, but they will not serve you any without making you feel cheap…
  2. The other thing was that our small group bus was emptied while we walked out for lunch. All the electronics just disappeared even though the driver said that he would keep our property safe while we had lunch on our way to the airport… Whatever the truth, the driver failed in his duty of care and we were all put to despair upon returning to the bus! He claimed that they were “professionals” with special keys…
  3. Things  did not get better when arriving at the airport. The air controllers decided to spend the afternoon on a wildcat strike and our plane took off after a 3-hour delay, so we missed the connecting flight home, like 300 million other passengers, and spent a night at Lufthansa’s expensive in Frankfurt. Good Lufthansa!

    Arriving after 24 hours late, one can only think that Macron has a lot on his plate. The train strike is taking 3 months now, and the workers at the airports strike without warning and cause huge costly delays. It appears that crime is thriving – they do not try to solve these problems so long as others bear the costs and troubles they inflict.

Readers will be warned keep their mobiles and laptops in bags chained to their backs and never let them out of their sight.

Readers should also be warned to ensure that insurance cover is an absolute necessity, and perhaps tourists should be warned that France is not that safe holiday haven it used to be…

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