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.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
A Classic Love Story Set On Marseille's Old Port
Set on the Old Port of Marseille, Marcel Pagnol's much-loved Marius, Fanny, César trilogy is one of the classic pieces of literature about Provence, with its tender, bawdy stories of sailors, loud-mouth card players, a poignant life-long love affair and, well, very much else besides. And now there is a brand-new version directed by and starring Daniel (Jean de Florette) Auteuil, which opens in Provence today and the rest of France next Wednesday. Auteuil and Pagnol go back a very long way. Click here to read more