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.
Monday, March 12, 2012
A Trip to the Calanques of Cassis
The calanques of the Mediterranean run all along the coast between Cassis and Marseille, and though only one of them - Port Miou, pictured above - "belongs" to Cassis (the others all fall within the kingdom of its bigger neighbour), it turns out that this little fishing port is an excellent starting point to view them. So here's the first report from my field trip to Cassis last week - a guide to the three dramatic calanques just outside the town and how to get to them. Stand by for more on Cassis itrself, not to mention its excellent wines. Click here to read more.