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.
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!
Playsuit – Traffic People / Cap – ASOS / Earrings – Gogo Philip / Flip flops – Call it Spring / Sunglasses – H&M
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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!
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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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!
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
See the time Céline and I last met – in Bratislava!