Wednesday, June 26, 2013

All About Us on the Provence Post

Big up to my mate Julie Mautner over in Saint Rémy whose lovely Provence Post blog roves far and wide all across the region to root out all the juiciest news. Her latest post is on all the exciting changes in Marseille this year, with a nice bit about.... us! Please pop over and take a look: click here to read more.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sound and Light in Cassis

An extraordinary event called Wallfor (all one word) next Saturday offers a great reason to visit Cassis. On that evening, a series of extraordinary images from around the world are projected onto Cap Canaille, the great cliff overlooking the town, with two different concerts of live music before and after the spectacle. Click here to read more

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Trumphal Return of the Château Borély

This elegant country estate is just a short bus ride from the Old Port of Marseille (and a few yards from the sea). The land was bought by one Joseph Borély, a rich merchant, in the late 17th century and his family built a sumptuous château, set in landscaped French and English gardens, as a place to receive and impress their family and friends. It's been closed to the public for nearly a decade, but opened its doors again this weekend (as a bonus, there are three museums inside). We went along to take a look. Click here to read more

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Great Studio in the South

All across Provence throughout 2013, various art exhibitions are touching on the theme of how artists were dazzled and inspired by their visit to the South, But Le Grand Atelier du Midi is the one you mustn't miss. Its title comes from a quote by Vincent van Gogh, who dreamed of a community of artists working together in harmony in the light and colour of the South when he briefly shared a house in Arles with Paul Gauguin (it all ended badly for him, of course).

Nearly 200 works by major artists including Renoir, van Gogh, Gauguin, Bonnard, Cézanne, Dufy, Matisse, Picasso, Dali and many more will be on display in a two-part show held in Marseille and Aix en Provence. Pictured above: The magnificently restored Musée des Beaux Arts at the Palais Longchamp where the Marseille section of the exhibition is based. Click here to read more

Thursday, June 6, 2013

TransHumance in Marseille

OK, so the logo for TransHumance (it has lost an 's') somewhere en route) is just one lone rider. But this Sunday thousands of animals are set to thunder through the middle of Marseille, starting from Saint Charles railway station, At least that's what's promised. Over the past month a caravan of horses, goats, sheep and cattle has slowly made its way through Southern Provence as a celebration of the traditional procession of livestock to their summer pastures. The Marseille event is the surreal climax. Click here to read more

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Sneak Preview of Marseille's Exciting New Museum

A very exciting day yesterday at a private press preview of Marseille's brand-new flagship museum, the MuCEM. Even Francois Hollande hasn't seen it yet (he's inaugurating it tonight). The building itself is extraordinary, and I was enchanted by the atmospheric fortress of the adjacent Fort Saint Jean - not to mention lunch in the exclusive rooftop restaurant. Click here to read our full guide to the MuCEM and here to see a gallery of photos on Facebook (don't forget to "like the page while you're there!)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

A "Pirate" Disco on Marseille's Harbourfront

Since it opened in January, Marseille's J1 Terminal - a long ferry pier turned into a gallery / cultural centre / children's play area / restaurant-bar, all with terrific views - has been one of the hits of the Capital of Culture Year. It's currently closed for the summer, as there's no air-conditioning. Except for one evening: 13 June, when it becomes a pop-up disco. Click here to read more