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.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Shabby-Chic Style on Marseille's Old Port
Read the online reviews of Marseille's shabby-chic Hotel Belle-Vueand you'll be thoroughly puzzled. Located over one of the city's hippest bars right on the Old Port, is it a superb place to stay with magnificent views across the water to Notre Dame de la Garde? Or is it an overpriced dump? I went there to have a good look round last week to find out. Click here to read more.