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, March 3, 2013
A Brand-New Museum in Marseille
Last week I got a privileged preview at a press party for Marseille's very latest museum: the Musée Regards de Provence. Overlooking the city's fast-expanding port area, between the Cathedral, the Fort Saint Jean and the future MuCEM and Villa Mediterranée, this building is a treasure trove of provençal art, both classic and ultra-contemporary. More than that, the building itself, designed in 1948 by the leading local architect Fernard Pouillan, has a fascinating history in its own right. Click here to read more.