Toulon sits on the Mediterranean Sea, east of Marseilles. It’s been inhabited for thousands of years by prehistoric tribes, then the Greeks, Ligurians and Romans. It was Christianized in the 5th century and then became a significant military based under King Louis XIV. In 1720, 13,000 people (half the population) died of the Black Plague. Today it is a major Naval port and the French Mediterranean Fleet is based there.
I was pleasantly surprised by Toulon and enjoyed walking the streets. I especially loved the Sunday morning outdoor food market; we sat drinking our coffee for an hour and watched people from all over the world come to the market to shop. What a great people watching event!