As a British journalist living just outside Marseille, I've long been astonished by the dearth of reliable, up-to-date tourist information in English. So I decided to build my own website.
It currently focuses on the areas around Marseille, Aix en Provence, Avignon, Toulon and the Luberon. In time, it will be a complete travel guide to Provence. Updates will be added regularly so, whether you're planning a weekend break, an extended stay, the purchase of your dream house or just an armchair tour of the most beautiful corner of France, do come and check regularly what's hot and fresh under the Mediterranean sun.
I'm available for writing commissions (my portfolio, available on request, includes features for a wide range of British and international newspapers and magazines).
And, drawing on everything I've learned while creating the site, I also offer full- or half-day private walking tours of Marseille to help you make the most of your time in this beautiful, very fast-changing city. These can be tailored to special interests, such as art, food and wine, shopping or family activities.
For a more comprehensive trip, Julie Mautner, a friend and fellow-journalist based up in Saint Rémy de Provence, is your one-stop-shop for hotel, villa, restaurant and travel bookings, insider recommendations and unusual ideas. Take a look at her blog, The Provence Post, to find out more.
Our own site is entirely independent and unsubsidised. So, if you like it and find it helpful, please support it by booking your travel and hotel or by visiting and buying products through our advertisers and affiliate partners.
We have affiliate arrangements with a range of providers, including booking.com, Owners Direct and SNCF French railways. They give us a small commission on accommodation or services booked through the site which helps us cover our costs, enables us to continue to expand and improve our service to you and keep access to the site free and open to all.
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Links and Partners
Car Hire and Internet
anyairportcarhire - The lowest car hire prices at airports, including Marseille-Provence.
Pixel Internet - Award-winning internet hosting and domain name registration.
Francophile Websites, Blogs and Apps
Aixcentric - Views and (frequently updated) news from Aix-based journalist Lynne Alderson.
Belle Provence Travels - Tastes and tales from Toulon, by American francophile Tuula Rampont
Marseille, City of Culture - Practical information about the city.
Marseille Holidays - A topical guide to what's going on in Marseille by journalist Prisca Djengué (in French).
Provençal Roaming: A Travel Guide - An iTunes app by the writer Paul Shawcross.
Provence Calling - Angela Billows' stories about the people and customs of the Alpilles region.
Provence Food and Wine - The travel writer Mary Dowey's guide to good eating and drinking in Provence.
Provence Guru - A topical guide by the Luberon-based travel writer Jamie Ivey and his wife Tanya.
The Provence Post - An American's-eye-view of Provence from Saint Rémy-based journalist Julie Mautner.
The Provence and Languedoc Sun - Magazine and website for English-speakers aimed at expatriates and tourists.
Salut! - British journalist Colin Randall on France, current affairs, travel, the media and more.
Social and Business Networks
Accueil des villes françaises - An association welcoming newcomers to Marseille (with English-language area).
Anglo-American Group of Provence - An Aix-based organisation serving the English-speaking community.
Languedoc-Midi Info - An English-language information and business directory for Languedoc.
Neo'Z Arrivants - A website helping newcomers settle into Marseille (with English-language area).
Tourism and Travel
L'Ancre - Friendly family-run bar-restaurant in the calanque of Niolon.
Cyclomundo - Guided and self-guided cycling vacations in France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.
Just Provence - Beautiful holiday rentals in Provence.
Provence Family Holidays - The website for active families in Provence.
Provence Wine Tours - Daily vineyard tours starting from Marseille or Aix en Provence.