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.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
A Haven of Calm off Marseille's Old Port
Near Saint Victor Abbey and a couple of blocks back from the Old Port, Les Chambres de L'Abbaye is on the rue du petit Chantier ("little building site"), a steep side-street that lives up to its name. It's yet another of those lovely Marseille B&Bs which conceal immaculate accommodation behind a scruffy façade. Click here to read more.