The monthly street-party this Sunday in Marseille sounds too good to miss.

One theme is Rugby and visitors can literally have a try on the specially constructed pitch, 25x10m, at the bottom of the Canebiere which is newly pedestrianized. Lots of animators to show how it’s done.

Elsewhere, there are workshops for Circus arts with opportunities for children to learn new skills. Programme here: https://quefaireenfamille.com/dimanches-de-canebiere/

Plus the usual produce market, street-food sales, games, and more and more restaurants open.  If you come in from Aix, parking under MuCEM is easy on a Sunday and you have a nice walk by the Vieux Port to reach the action.

Isn’t France changing?  I’d never have thought a karaoke bar would open in Marseille, but the quartier de la Préfecture will soon be host to Back To Bac, a centre for cocktails with private rooms for karaoké parties.

I recently did this with a group of friends in Japan and, Continue Reading »

Voting in the Global Democratic Primary will take place on March 5th in Marseille and March 7th in Aix.  Click here for details: GPP MarseilleAix

Background: Americans never lose their right to vote in national elections, no matter how long they live abroad nor do their kids.  They can go on line to votefromabroad.org to get a ballot from the state where they last lived and vote for whomever and whatever party they choose.  Or, as the poster here indicates,  an overseas American can vote in  the Democratic Global Primary (if they are Democrats and members of a country committee, which takes a few minutes to join on line) which is only to vote as an overseas American for a Democrats Abroad delegate to the Democratic national convention to choose a nominee for president.  One who lives abroad can vote either as a member of a country Democratic party or as a former state resident, through a ballot obtained from that state’s registrar, which can be applied for on line through the votefromabroad. org site and can vote for whomever they wish.

Thanks to Karen for this info.

At last!  Regular and varied tours of the Musée Granet in English.  The museum’s médiatrice culturelle, Emilie, leads groups on Friday afternoons around the highlights of the main gallery, or the nearby Collection Planque, or whatever special exhibition is showing.  Continue Reading »

More on Buffalo Bill!

My post on Buffalo Bill grabbed people’s attention and I was warmly recommended the books of James Welch who wrote about the era:  Continue Reading »

I’ve been curious about this restaurant in rue d’Italie as it is so crowded every time I’ve passed at lunchtime and after eating there on

Detox salad – not such a ‘petit plat’

Saturday, I’m not surprised.  The menu has lots to choose from, is based on fresh produce from the market and caters for vegans and vegetarians too.

I was though slightly puzzled by the name: first of all I expected a Caribbean twist to the food but no, the ‘Trinidad’ comes from the chef-patron’s second name; and the ‘petits plats’ was deceptive given the size of our portions.  Now I learn, ‘Cette expression du XIXe siècle signifie que l’on engage des frais ou que l’on fait de gros efforts pour plaire à quelqu’un. …’

Their website gives an idea of menus, though these change in line with seasonal offerings: https://www.lespetitsplatsdetrinidad.com/  The desserts are worth saving space for. I had a fondant chocolate with caramel ice-cream, delicious and, like many of the puds, gluten-free.

There’s a small terrace on rue d’Italie and an interior dining area, which leads to a dining room at the back with an open kitchen.  Open 9-6:30, Tuesday – Saturday.  Despite the number of places, you really do have to book for lunch.

NEW!  Just opened opposite the restaurant, Le Comptoir Trinidad where you can take-away dishes from their kitchens.  As well as their walk-in service, you can order and pay online so your dishes/salads/desserts will be waiting for you.

Tues – Sat, 11-16:30.

So much happening in the culinary space in France’s second city right now, I can barely keep up.   Here are a couple of links which may be useful.  Each has several interesting suggestions with full details and photos.

Photo from ‘Le Grand Guste’

The first relates to eating places that are reviving traditional menus and vintage décor. The recommendations include restaurants from various parts of the city centre, so you should be able to find one near to where you are visiting.  https://madeinmarseille.net/59920-resto-marseille-bon-plan-cuisine-gastronomie-culinaire-restaurant/

The second is a listing of boulangeries where you can buy additive-free, bio, and sans gluten breads, patisseries, fougasses and so on.  Must visit the delightfully-named ‘House of Pain’. https://madeinmarseille.net/60139-selection-boulangerie-bio-gluten/

Bon Ap!