Friday, April 27, 2012

A Tour Through The Best Street Markets Of Marseille

At last I've got around to writing my guide to the best street markets in Marseille - and what a colourful and varied lot they turn out to be. You will find the traditional farmers' markers here too, of course, with olives, goat's cheeses, succulent fruit to die for and the whole nine yards. But Marseille is a big city as well, and its markets contain some surprising and original discoveries. Click here to read more.

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Walk In The Footsteps of Paul Cézanne

Few artists are as intimately identified with a city as Paul Cézanne is with Aix en Provence. He was born there, spent most of his life there (apart from two decades in Paris) and died there. In fact, it's just a ten minute walk from his birthplace to his grave. On a lovely spring afternoon recently, I went on a self-guided tour in the footsteps of the grand Aixois. It's a great way, too, of seeing some of the main sights of the city. Click here to read more.

Friday, April 20, 2012

A Spa Hotel On The Site of An Ancient Roman Baths

The Hotel Aquabella sits in a very pretty location, right by the walls of the Old Town of Aix en Provence on the site of the ancient baths which made the city so attractive to the Romans all those centuries ago. But is it an exclusive luxury spa destination, or a bland mid-market conference hotel? Click here to read more.

Monday, April 16, 2012

A Fishy Lunch on the Cassis Harbour Front

La Poissonerie in Cassis seems to be one of those love-it-or-loathe-it places. Some people swear by the warm welcome and fresh-from-the-slab fish at this traditional fishmonger's shop with restaurant attached right on the harbour, a stone's throw from the boats that supply it. Others say it's an overpriced tourist trap with indifferent food and terrible service. On a lovely spring day recently, I went along there for lunch. Click here to read more.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Stay in Marseille's Hippest New Hotel from 69 €uros a Night

Mama Shelter Marseille - from the team which created the acclaimed and awarded Mama Shelter Paris - opens today and is already being hailed as the coolest hotel in town. Plus its rooms start from a truly unbeatable 68 €uros. So is there a hidden catch? I went along to the press launch last night to take a look. Click here to read more

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Exploring the Old Town and Harbour of Cassis

Another recent visit to Cassis, this time shown around by the lovely Christine Francia from the town's tourist office, left us with an enormous treasure trove of new material and insider discoveries about this delightful little resort. Many tourists to Cassis just zip through town with a quick visit to the calanques and maybe the beaches, plus lunch at one of the colourful restaurants on the port. Nothing wrong with all that, of course. But Cassis has a lot more to offer. Click here to read more.