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.
Friday, September 6, 2013
The City That Launches A Thousand Ships
Septembre en Mer (September by the Sea) offers a
hugely popular and eclectic programme of over 300 marine-themed events
in Marseille and the surrounding coastal area.
It encompasses everything from seafood feasts and scuba diving
lessons to shipyard visits and excursions to the Frioul or Rioux
islands in traditional boats. And this year there's something extra special: a Marine Parade on 7 September, when a thousand boats of
all shapes and sizes take to the sea, including the beautiful 19th
century three-masted cargo ship, the Belem.