Next Avenue: This program lets you meet with savvy locals when you travel

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My wife Karen and I walked briskly down the Quai du Port, a brick-paved, sun splashed street paralleling the Marseille harbor in the oldest section of this very old city in France. We were moving with some haste because we were a few minutes late for our appointment and felt a bit relieved when we at last spied our agreed-upon meeting point: a row of flagpoles outside City Hall where a pleasant looking fellow stood. He gave us a big smile as we approached.

“William and Karen?” he said. “I am glad to meet you.

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