An informal and subjective side by side.
Item San Francisco Marseille
Location 37°47′N 122°25′W 43°17′N 5°22′E
Founded 1776 A.D. 600 B.C.
Population 805,235 841,240
Area 600.6 km2 2,830.2 km2
Climate Mediterranean Mediterranean
Sunshine hours/year 3,061 2,835
Body of water Pacific Mediterranean
Water temperature 56F/13C 62F/16C
Noteworthy climate feature The fog The Mistral
Exotic, lovely women? Yes Yes
Island prison Alcatraz Chateau d'If
Nearby hills Marin Headlands Sainte-Baume, Mont Sainte Victoire
Noteworthy geological feature San Andreas Fault Calanques
Bridge Golden Gate Bridge nothing that compares
Palace nothing that compares Palais Longchamp
Quantity of dog poop Not so much Substantial
Cigarette butts Not so much Lots
Steep streets Some none
Beggars Yes Yes
Pizza Za Pizza Potesto Tartiflette from the old port
Public transportation Bart, bus, trolley car Metro, bus, tram
Forts Presidio Saint Jean
Church on a hill Grace Cathedral Notre Dame de la Garde
Underclass Mexican North African
Tasty, cheap food Mexican North African
Excellent restaurants Of course Bien sûr
Peet's coffee? Yes Non!
One store for all food and alcohol Safeway Monoprix
Baguettes Not so good Damn, they are good
There’s a couple of things i want to add.
there are steep streets in Marseille. Over on the side of Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. That’s actually where i want to look for our next place. It reminds me of the hills of belmont with views of the bay.
second, SF has large Asian population. Marseille has huge Arab population.
Third, tons of mexican and asian restaurants in SF. Marseille has cous cous galore.
Fourth, um that’s all i can think of.