Loulabelle’s FrancoFiles

Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 73 - Marseille: Port to Port, and a peek at everything in between!

September 09, 2022 Louise Prichard Season 2 Episode 73
Loulabelle’s FrancoFiles
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 73 - Marseille: Port to Port, and a peek at everything in between!
Show Notes

Loulabelle's FrancoFiles is hosted by Louise Prichard.

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Episode 73
William Kornblum is the author of Marseille Port to Port.   
Bill as he prefers to be called is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Graduate Centre at the City University of New York. He is also an author of many books but the one with a particular focus for us as Francophiles is Marseille Port to Port.  

One review said Bill's writing showed he is "deeply committed to understanding the city’s layered history and contradictory energies. Every page, every photo resonates with his sense of wonder and his affection for 'a city that has seen more than its share of misery and brave struggle.' "  Now… you don’t get a connection like that with a place without visiting or living there so in my podcast chat with Bill we unpacked this further!  

My chat with Bill was warm and fascinating. He uncovered so much I didn't know about Marseille and much more than a guide book could ever share. I am now looking forward to exploring all Marseille offers for myself!

I often feel like old buildings almost talk to me about the past. I asked Bill what the buildings of Marseille say to him. His response has led me to a whole different way of considering the way history is shown through buildings. Bill talked about the buildings around the port which are newer, but can only be seen as so, on very close inspection. They were rebuilt in the 1950s after being decimated by German bombing in WW2. The new buildings now tell the story of the tragedy of what occurred during the war.

Bill spoke of "walking with no where necessarily to go" which just transported me to France. Tune into this chat and float away with us. Bliss. 




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Louise Prichard is the host of the Loulabelle's FrancoFiles podcast.
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Other Loulabelle's links:
FrancoFile Fix on YouTube
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Spotify Playlist
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Instagram
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles website