This foundation, dedicated to Provencal art, has been exhibiting in different venues in Marseille for 20 years.  Its final home is the superbly renovated gallery in the old maritime sanitary station (opp MuCEM) where it has room to spread out and show its unique collection.

The current exhibition gives us tastes of many previous shows: there are the rural painters of Provence; those working in Marseille, along the coast and during exotic north African visits; artists like Jean Cocteau who relocated south; right up to modern days with some interesting abstracts. 

It’s well worth catching before it ends next month.

The Musée Regards de Provence is open Tues-Sun, 10-18, and don’t forget its rooftop restaurant for lunch or just a quick coffee.  Maritime views guaranteed!

Worth going just to see this lovely picture! ‘Cerisiers en Fleurs’ by L Verdilhan

Aix Cinema: Colette

Perhaps you saw ‘Une Femme d’Exception’ last week which told the story of the discrimination suffered by Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the hands of the very male American legal establishment?  Now at the Mazarin cinema comes the dramatisation of the injustice meted out to young writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, this time by her husband Willy. Continue Reading »

Something happier to report…..

the annual Telerama Film Festival has just begun at the Renoir and Mazarin cinemas.  Films that have been chosen as the best during 2018 are showing throughout the week 16-22 January.  Hopefully something on the list for everyone to enjoy.  http://www.lescinemasaixois.com/films/festival-telerama

Palm trees at Saint-Cyr

Oh dear.  Those wonderful palm trees that for most of us are the essence of Riviera chic are under threat.  It comes from what The Times has called a ‘ruthless invader’.  It’s the 42mm long red palm weevil which arrived in France in 2006 on some palms which came in from Egypt. Continue Reading »

I recently bought this post card dating from the early 20th century showing the cours Mirabeau resplendently lined with a double row of plane trees.


What a difference today.  Last year, 23 had to be taken out in the cours Mirabeau and now, it seems, more are to follow from the cours and two other parts of the town centre.  Continue Reading »

(C) Cabinet Reichen & Robert

You may have already visited Marseille’s J1 for photo exhibitions and marvelled at the stunning space leading out past moored ferries with views to the Mediterranean beyond.  Now 100m euro development plans have been agreed and this is what it will look like, in 4 years’ time. Continue Reading »

The not-to-be-missed traditional Marche des Rois takes place on Sunday 13th January.parade-for-three-kings-jp

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