Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lunch time in the Panier

"Panier" means "basket" in French.
This part of Marseille dates back to 600 BC. It is the place where migrating people would settle when arriving in Marseille. It is the oldest part of the town.
Once upon the time, in the 17st century, there was an inn. Its sign was a basket. The street where it was, then the whole neighborhood, became known as the Panier. The name has remained till now.

A painting of the harbor as it was.
Celebrating the local liquor.
and the local beer, named after the Cagoles. Those ladies work was to peel oranges and figs. A dirty job, if you do that all day long. They wore a hat (cagoule) to protect their hair, hence their name "Cagole". They were young, eager to have fun, their clothes were always dirty. Quickly "Cagole" became the synonym of a woman with little moral, and poor taste. The name is still used today, often in a friendly way.
Samples of local appetizers (olive pasta, tomatoes pasta, tomato crumble, ...).
And to finish, a glorious view on the harbor and the church that protects Marseille.

Take care, and enjoy the end of the week!


georgia little pea said...

Of course I had to enlarge the food picture so I could drool over everything on the table. It's Thursday already! Where did the week go?! Hugs X

Remington said...

Awesome post, my friend!

houndstooth said...

What beautiful scenery! :) I always feel like I'm looking at one of the loveliest postcards when I visit your blog.

Bassetmomma said...

How interesting the history behind Panier. What a beautiful picture of the harbor and that church. Your lunch looks very yummy!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful place to visit!

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Oh what a wonderful post. Everything looks so amazing and relaxing. Thanks for sharing. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

Rosemary said...

Oh how I would love to make a stop there!

nikkipolani said...

So interesting to hear about the origins of names and terms. That sampler looks absolutely delicious. Fun food!

Jennifer said...

What a wonderful trip! Someday I hope to visit France again.