Lavender fields, hilltop villages and spectacular rocky fjords, rosé wine and bouillabaisse, Cézanne and Van Gogh, cutting edge rap and hip-hop music, Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, pétanque, scuba diving and Olympique de Marseille: Provence is a vibrant mix of romantic tradition and surprising, fast-changing modernity. This is an insider's guide to the best of it, from a professional journalist living there.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Marcel Pagnol's Historic Château Set to Reopen its Doors
After decades of languishing in near-ruins, a cornerstone of Marseille's history is set to reopen its doors to the public in May, amid some controversy. Built in 1867, the baroque-kitsch Château Buzine achieved world-wide fame thanks to My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle, Marcel Pagnol's two-volume memoir and the 1990 film versions. Click here to read more.