Posts Tagged ‘Marseille’

The Musée Regards de Provence houses a wonderful collection of paintings by local artists, giving visitors a special experience: when in Provence why not admire pictures of Provence?

PanierUnfortunately the museum is still bedevilled by construction work which seems to have been going on forever.  Visitors have to walk the gauntlet of diggers and bollards and zigzag round mesh screens.  But it’s worth it to see ‘Marseille the Eternal’.

This selection focuses on the town of Marseille which was a magnet for local painters.  There are views of the Vieux Port, the boats, the fishermen, storms at sea and of course the streets and the townspeople.

This painting (left) is by Joseph Marius Hurard who worked from narrow streets of the Panier, looking across to the church of Notre Dame de la Garde. You can enjoy the very same view by walking round from the gallery into the Panier to stand in the same spot.  And there’s still lots of washing at the windows!

 Another Joseph, Joseph Garibaldi, had his atelier on the Vieux Port during the 19th century and loved to paint the boats in the harbour.  Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism came and went but he painted on in his own style, faithfully reproducing what he could see. 


The detail on this painting (Le Port de la Joliette) is very fine and it is especially fascinating when you have just walked along past all the buildings and indeed the Cathedral where all the development for the new shopping centre (Les Halles) is taking place.  I don’t know what he would have made of all the construction work and indeed the shiny new Terrasses du Port.  What a tranquil scene it seems back inthe 1890s.  But despite all the developments, the sea is still beautifully blue, the boats ply their trade and people enjoy the streets, cafés and the beach.  There is indeed something eternal about Marseille.

Daily 10-18:00; Until 25th January, 2015.  www.museeregardsdeprovence.com.



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Very much enjoyed my first visit to this glossy mall yesterday.  Thank goodness it was quieter than the weekend when150,000 visitors crammed in.  As the capacity is 24,000, the doors had to be closed (more…)

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 Les Terrasses du Port, with 190 shops and restaurants, opens tomorrow.

It’s at the heart of Euromediterranée, the largest urban regeneration programme in Southern Europe and handily sited (more…)

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No excuse for being bored on 15th May. You can see…

  • The largest cruise ship in the world
  • A new exhibition of paintings featuring Marseille
  • and Elton John at the cinema in Aix.


shipThis massive ship, the Anthem of the Seas, is on its maiden voyage and will be calling into Marseille on 15th May, 10-19:00hrs.  The thing sticking out of the top is the (more…)

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That’s a good question because for us English-speakers, it can be difficult to find out.   Here is a recommended website, a topical blog and a free book to look out for.

IMG_4717For information on places to visit and events, have a look at (more…)

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Good news for visitors and Marseille commuters alike. The navettes from the Vieux Port to both Pointe Rouge and L’Estaque are back in service from today til the 28th September.IMG_6012

They were introduced mainly for people going to work in the town centre but have proved a great hit with tourists; and no wonder.  You get a wonderful view of Marseille and its beaches in one direction, or its docks in the other, for 3€ per one-way trip.


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borelyimageIf you visit the newly-opened Chateau Borély (now housing three museums – the Musées de la Mode, de la Faience, and des Arts Decoratifs), you will probably factor in some time to enjoy the park with its French garden, English garden and lake with rowing boats.  And if you don’t have a picnic, you could try Café Borély – reviewed here by Var-based writer Juliet Young. (more…)

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