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Pizzeria La Bonne Mere – one of the star chef’s favourites!

Today’s Guardian has a stimulating interview with local Michelin 3-star chef, Gerard Passedat, (Le Petit Nice, MuCEM, Chateau Lacoste….), asking him for his top ten tips for visitors to the city.

So where does he like to hang out in Marseille?  (more…)

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Italian Market in Cassis

Each year, the twin towns of Cassis and Portofino organise an Italian market in Cassis which is a) delightful and b) has the most collectible posters … see below! (more…)

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Last call…for people wanting a ride on the ‘navettes martimes’ the boats that go from Marseille’s Vieux Port down to Pointe Rouge or westwards to L’Estaque. The service ends Sunday (30th) and resumes in the spring.

Sunday is a good day for a visit to Marseille as (more…)

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We don’t really need an excuse to visit Cassis at this time of year, especially with the weather so amazing, but this weekend, 21-23 September, has an extra temptation in the shape of their gastronomic festival – Les Vendanges Etoilées. (more…)

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Cours Mirabeau restaurant closing

Quick is the word if we want to dine at Quick in the cours Mirabeau – it’s due to close this month.  (more…)

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  1.  The newly-created arts and cultural centre , LUMA, based in the old railway sheds, has a handful of shows starting tomorrow.  Headlining them is Gilbert & George : THE GREAT EXHIBITION (1971-2016), an 80-work retrospective which will be taking place until 6th January. http://www.arles-agenda.fr/index.php?id=19685.  I also like the sound of ‘Une Histoire Avec Vincent’.  Young photographer Lily Gavin has been given access to the set of a new film ‘At Eternity’s Gate’, based on 8 weeks in the life of Van Gogh. Shot at Saint-Rémy by Julian Schnabel, her photos show the daily evolution of the story.
  2. The massive ‘Rencontres d’Arles’ photographic show enters its 49th year.  There are exhibitions all over town. The best starting point is the tourist office who will sell you a large map with details of every one of them – and go where your fancy takes you.
  3. Moisson en Provence, by Vincent Van Gogh

    SOLEIL CHAUD, SOLEIL TARDIF. LES MODERNES INDOMPTÉS (HOT SUN, LATE SUN. UNTAMED MODERNISM) can be seen at the Fondation Van Gogh until 28th October.  It includes work by Van Gogh, plus of course Picasso who is everywhere this summer, and, Adolphe Monticelli, Sigmar Polke, Giorgio De Chirico, Germaine Richier, Alexander Calder, Joan Mitchell, Etel Adnan, Sun Ra.


So much to see in Arles right now.  Lunch will of course be necessary.  We enjoyed the medieval ambiance at Le Jardin des Arts ( details here: https://aixcentric.com/2014/04/13/lunch-in-arles/ or you could try the restaurant who served a meal to Daniel Craig aka James Bond, and family, when he had been turned away elsewhere! – great story here: https://aixcentric.com/2018/01/07/when-james-bond-visited-provence/

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