Fort Saint-Jean Marseille
AixcentricInspireProvencal History & Traditions

MuCEM and Fort Saint-Jean for History Buffs in Marseille

You may be interested in the new space that opened in Fort Saint-Jean in July. It’s called the Galerie des Officiers, the arcaded section you can see in the photo.  Each of 5 small rooms has a short film on an aspect of the history of Fort Saint-Jean, with it a …

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ExitGame Escapes Marseille
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore

ExitGame Virtual Escapes in Marseille and Aix

Virtual Escapes Not far from Marseille’s Vieux Port is your chance to escape reality at ExitGame. The company opened its doors and “play” rooms in 2015. The concept originated in Asia, but these virtual escapes are now available in many cities around the world. The ExitGame escapes are suitable for …

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MuSaMa Savon de Marseille Display
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

MuSaMa Savon de Marseille Preserving Provencal History

Le Musée de Savon de Marseille MuSaMa opened in mid-March (2018) near the Vieux Port. This museum, boutique and workshop are dedicated to safeguarding the reputation of Savon de Marseille. The vision of the museum’s founders is to educate visitors about the vrai (real) Savon de Marseille, its eco-friendly ingredients, …

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Cooking Classes Marseille Provence Gourmet
Barefoot BloggerFrench Cooking ClassesTaste

Cooking Classes in Marseille? Spend a Day with the Provence Gourmet

For someone who had never spent much time in Marseille, now I’m loving it! I jumped at the chance to join a cooking class in Marseille with Gilles Conchy of Provence Gourmet. Marseille is a city of wide, busy streets and tight alleys. High-end fashions and ethnic robes. Elegant eateries …

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Burrell Collection Musée Cantini Marseille
AixcentricArtists Inspired by ProvenceInspire

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
AixcentricArtists Inspired by ProvenceInspire

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
AixcentricExploreVillages Towns and Cities

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 on …

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Musée d’ Histoire de Marseille
AixcentricExploreVillages Towns and Cities

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
AixcentricShopping & Gifts

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

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Did you know that 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 …

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Provence History Tale Sardine
Ashley TinkerInspire

Provencal History Tale of The Sardine that Blocked the Port of Marseille

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Do you know about the sardine that blocked the port of Marseille? As I was perusing local postcards at a local flea market in Provence, I came across a curious image. The postcard depicts an enormous sardine blocking the port of Marseille. The seller, taking …

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