Marseille Musings

view from the mucem over marseille old town and harbour

view down on the sea and muCem museum in marseille

through the patterned mucem walls in marseille

The Mediterranean Coast

I’m dreaming of being back in Marseille where the sun is hot, there’s sorbet for sale by the beach and the evenings end in glasses of rose overlooking the Med. This was the last day I spent in sunny Provence where I had been staying with the wonderful Celine and boy, did we make the most of it! Whereas the previous days where spent exploring pretty towns and ambling around her hometown, today was spent in the heart of Marseille where the newly built MuCem stands sturdily besides pools of bright blue water.

Constructed to showcase Mediterranean civilisations through history (right in time for the year that celebrates Marseille as Europes’ Capital of Culture) the MuCem takes you on a educational visual tour, depicting all the key battles and events in time that shape what we know as the Mediterranean life today. After saturating my brain, Celine and I took a stroll along the bridges around the buildings’ incredible net-like exterior, ‘ooh’ing and ‘aah’ing at the view.

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An afternoon drive took us to the most easterly end of the city where we chilled with smoothies and gasped at the ‘paysages’ from an empty big wheel on the beach. A short walk away is Le Parc Borély, one of Marseilles few but none the less beautiful parks with palm trees, a river you can boat on and a magical, artistic children’s garden. In the evening we did what the locals do on balmy summer Wednesdays; sit, sip rose and people watch as the sun goes down in the bar beneath the professional swimmers club at La Paillotte des Catalans. Parfait, merci Celine!

sorbet and smoothies by the sea

lucy shinythoughts in marseille

marseille big fairground wheel in the sun

celine bon baisers d'allieurs in mirror sunglasses in the sun

beach view over marseille visit provence

pink houses on the hills in marseille provence

palm print playsuit in provence

palm trees in provence

traffic people palm print playsuit summer holiday outfit

mirror sunglasses and palm tree product shot

call it spring flip flops by the water side

 

Playsuit – Traffic People / Cap – ASOS / Earrings – Gogo Philip / Flip flops – Call it Spring /  Sunglasses – H&M

turquoise changing huts by the sea in provence

chin chin! toasting to summer holidays with rose in marseille

coastal view by the sea in marseille

 

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Memories of Martigues

visit provence by the river

colourful boats on the canal in marseille south of france holiday

colourful houses in france

provence holiday home colourful shutters

travel to Provence in the south of france

al fresco restaurant in provence france

beautiful holiday homes in provence

palm trees and plants in a pretty restaurant in provence

Carry beach in provence visit france sea lighthouse

red hair in the wind girl by the beach

carry beach south of france provence

celine french blogger in print playsuit

 Little Voyage by the Sea

I came to Provence, super excited to visit Europe’s capital of culture, Marseille, but left completely charmed not by France’s second largest city with it’s impressive new developments, but by the sweet little neighbouring town of Martigues where la Bloggeuse française Celine resides with her charmingly welcoming family.

I’m sure you can see why. The small fishing town, which boasts the title of ‘Town with the largest pond in Europe’ is adorably Provencale with rows of houses with those iconic pastel shutters and bobbing little boats nestled up together in the Mirior aux Oiseaux (the most picturesque spot where I am definitely going for dinner next time!)

Celine and I crammed all we could into the 4 boiling hot days that I was there. A road trip to scattered towns along the coast like Carry were perfect for cliff path ambles and a proper barbeque of Merguez sausages and rose wine were a highlight. A proper taste of French life. I could have gotten used to it!

quay side martigues, provence

celine bon baisers d'allieurs at home

snack of rose and nuts in provence

margese sausages on a barbeque in the summer

at home in marseille

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If you like the look of Martigues, you’ll love Aix-en-Provence where I shot a fun, fresh outfit – go take a peep!

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La Vie Provençale

flowers to buy in the market in provence visit france

local delicacies in south of france almond treats

Fun silly shot in front of pink flower shrub in provence

places to go in south of france

aix en provence travel

south of france french food markets

fruits de provence nectarines french markets

pistachio ice cream and buildings in the street in aix en provence

rose shaped ice cream in aix en provence

walking in aix en provence in bright summery outfit

Bienvenue en Aix-en-Provence!

Welcome to the sunny south of France where I holidayed last month with the lovely Céline of French blog Bon Baisers D’ailleurs. First stop out of Marseille airport was the typically Provençale Aix-en-Provence with its pretty shutters, yellow washed stone streets and story-tale like market in the square.

I was really excited to visit it, imagining beautiful young French ‘Mamans’ gliding through the lanes clutching paniers of fresh fruit and flowers. I’m sure I must have missed them all, but I kept the dream alive by treating myself to a a box of prune flavoured Calissons – a local sweet delicacy made from almonds. Très bon!

Céline showed me the main old streets of which there are only a couple, popped into a local jewellers and then tried the incredible flower shaped ice cream in Amorino. (Pistachio, black cherry and coconut all the way!) We finished the morning exploring a couple of the residential streets where, with the buzzing sound of the cigales, warm breeze and silent streets, I couldn’t help wishing I could retire to my little maison there. Dreamy!

fresh print colourful summer holiday outfit

detail of old window shutters and lantern on an old house in Aix en Provence

back view of summer outfit with sporty print cap and floral shorts

asos tropical mirror print white cap on red hair

floral print high waisted shorts, asos sunglasses and white mesh crop top

tropical flamingo tote bag with watermelon bead purse and asos sunglasses

 

new look orange and gold luxe look sandals

tropical charm necklace and white mesh top detail

Shorts – Fashion Union / Sunglasses, Cap and Top (cut from dress) – ASOS / Sandals – New Look / Chunky bangle – Kate Spade / Necklace  – From an indie jewellers / Ring – Topshop

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See the time Céline and I last met – in Bratislava!