Burrell Collection Musée Cantini Marseille
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Visit Glasgow’s Burrell Collection on Display the Musée Cantini, Marseille

The Musée Cantini has recently re-opened and is hosting an exhibition of paintings from Glasgow’s Burrell Collection, itself now closed for renovation. Sir William Burrell, a member of a wealthy Scottish ship-building family, was an avid collector of art and amassed 9000 items he donated to Glasgow in 1944.  He …

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Contemporary Artist Ai Weiwei
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Contemporary Artist Ai Weiwei Show at MuCEM in Marseille

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Ai Weiwei and Marseille This is a highly political show – highly personal too. Much is about the artist’s relationship with his father (Ai Qing) whose ship from Shanghai back in 1929 docked right next to where MuCEM is today. Indeed it was France that inspired …

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Pointe Rouge Beach
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Marseille Things to Do: Visit the Pointe Rouge Beach and the Frioul Islands

Now the summer has arrived, it’s the perfect time for a trip down to one of Marseille’s southerly beaches, Pointe Rouge. It’s sandy and sheltered, and the lifeguards are already in place. It was developed in the 60s, and the marina now hosts 1,800 boats. Continue reading here for details …

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Book Review: Art in the South of France, The Inside Story

Aixcentric is the name of Lynne Alderson’s blog, an online resource for anyone looking for current events in the Aix-en-Provence area. The blog was “born” out of Alderson’s frustration regarding discovering details about interesting happenings…just a little too late. Her second book “Art in the South of France, The Inside …

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Bastide Rose Le Thor
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Explore Sculptures of Amour Love at Bastide Rose in Le Thor

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: The Bastide Rose is the beautiful honey-coloured home of Poppy Salinger who was married to JFK’s press secretary, journalist and writer Pierre Salinger. It stands by the translucent river Sorgue and is the setting for an annual sculpture show. This year, its theme is Amour, in …

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Porquerolles Fondation Carmignac Modern Art Porquerolles
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Foundation Carmignac Modern Art Another Reason to Visit Porquerolles

The Foundation Carmignac opened to the public on June 1st. This display of modern art is in a vast (1500 sqm) gallery inside a Provencal villa on the beautiful island of Porquerolles. Financier Edouard Carmignac has put the collection together. It includes works from the American Pop Art School, including …

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Visit to Mougins Picasso Statue by Dutch Sculptor Gabriël Sterk

The Paul Cézanne statue at the Rotonde in Aix is the work of Dutch sculptor Gabriël Sterk who not only produced it but also organized its funding: when I interviewed him at the time, he explained that he had recently moved to the town and couldn’t understand why there was …

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Musée d’ Histoire de Marseille
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Step Back to The Beginning of Time Back at Musée d’ Histoire de Marseille

Marseille is the oldest town in France, so when you walk along by the Vieux Port, you are following in the footsteps of Greek fishermen, shopkeepers, sailors and traders who established their colony in 600 BC.  They, and the Romans who arrived later have left traces that emerge so often …

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Maison Empereur France’s Oldest Hardware Store
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Shopping in Marseille in Maison Empereur France’s Oldest Hardware Store

Did you know Marseille has France’s oldest quincaillerie or hardware shop? It really is a must-visit if you are interested in traditional Provencal life. Take the magnificent big hand-graters for instance – just the sort of gadget used in café kitchens many years ago for churning out carrots and cabbage …

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Join the Tourisme Gardanne Day Trip a Visit to Monaco

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: The Office du Tourisme at Gardanne is offering a day-trip to Monaco on Saturday 19th May.  It’s an early start, 7:15, but then it’s quite a drive.  Once there, there’s an organised trip round the Musée Océanographique and also the Palais Princier, followed by free time. 86 …

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