First, as we are Aixcentric, let’s start in town with the annual Aix Carnaval which takes place Continue Reading »

The summer services for the hourly boats – navettes maritimes – which go from the Vieux Port down to Point Rouge or along to L’Estaque and back will start on Saturday 27th April until 29th September.  Cost still 5€ each way.  If you haven’t tried these short journeys, they are a great way to see the coast and spend a little time in either community.  Pointe Rouge has a nice sandy beach and restaurants ‘pieds dans l’eau’, while L’Estaque has a walk around the viewing points that once drew painters from all over the country……loads of restaurants too.

During the summer, 25 June – 27 September, there will be an additional service down to Les Goudes, 8 euros.

More on https://www.marseilletourisme.fr/fr/decouvrir/infos-pratiques/transports/navette-maritime/.

*** I was going into the metro in Marseille one day last summer when illuminated signs warned people that the boats had stopped running due to a sudden Mistral.  So it’s a good idea to have a bus timetable to get back, if need be!

Dubuffet in Marseille

The big summer show at MuCEM opens today.  It’s a celebration of the work of French painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet who founded the ‘Art Brut’ movement.  There’s a good account of his long and financially successful career here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Dubuffet

The exhibition brings together 290 works and objects from major European collections and should provide a perfect  opportunity to learn more about this experimental artist.  I had to miss the press event on Tuesday so will have to review this in more detail at a later date…………

It’s on until 2nd September – MuCEM is closed on Tuesdays.

*** Open til midnight on Saturday 18th May for la Nuit Européenne des Musées.  Free entry after 18:00hrs. There will be music and dancing from the ballet National de Marseille as well as local dance students. A special display of ‘costumes constraintes’ will be animated by fashion students and Emmaus Point Rouge.  What a special evening!


It’s the site of Aix’s daily fruit and vegetable market, launched around 660 years ago. 

Place Richelme is pure Provence with heaps of seasonal produce, garden flowers, honeys, bread and pots of preserves; and all surrounded by cafes whose terraces spill out into the square.  But not any more. Continue Reading »

A few years ago, the Pass My Provence programme was launched to encourage Bouches-du-Rhone residents to familiarise themselves with all the interesting local tourist attractions, and so become ambassadors for the département.  The free card allows entrance on a two-for-one basis.

The new 84-pp brochure lists all the attractions in the scheme. Invaluable for locals, but also useful reference for anyone outside the area who wants to visit.

Here it is: catalogue-PassMyprovence  

Pages of good  ideas for local outings!

On Sunday, the cours Mirabeau will be hosting the monthly antiques and flea market; fifty regional exhibitors will be selling furniture, bric-a-brac, silverware, clothing, books, paintings, rugs, …

Here are future dates: April 21st, May 19th, June 9th and 10th, July 7th , August 11th, September 29th, October 13th and November 10th from 8.30am till 6.30pm.

Go off the beaten track in Marseille

…..from the UK Daily Mail, for budget travellers


….and a downloadable guide to interesting outings