2019 Good resolutions
Ok so you slacked off a bit last year, but no matter. Wipe the slate clean, because 2019 has just begun! And of course, the New Year means new resolutions! Despite our eternal great promises, such as taking up sport, going on holiday to the other side of the world, giving up smoking, setting ourselves an extreme challenge or losing weight, we don't keep many of them. We may as well face it, we're all alike! So here, specially for you, is a cocktail of good resolutions easy to keep at the start of 2019: visit the Bouches-du-Rhône, become a smart consumer, meet the love of your life, learn more, clean out your closet, do some sport (or not) and go out more often! And all for your greatest pleasure!
Let’s walk and admire the beautiful landscapes of the ‘Calanques’ around Marseille
Fresh food it is the health, to enjoy to eat healthy, meet the local and season Mediterranean cooking
"I'm going to tour the Bouches-du-Rhône"
There's no question of being bored and staying on your sofa in 2019. Out you go! Whether you opt for a weekend in Provence or a short stay at the seaside, it's time to discover or rediscover the Bouches-du-Rhône:
Enjoy a new take on the towns and villages of Provence with the My Provence tailored tours, offering a great selection of gourmet and cultural stop-offs, shopping and accommodation for an easy holiday in Provence.
If nature is calling, simply slip on your walking shoes and check out our Calanques fjords walking tours, Provence touring suggestions, or head off along the Côte Bleue coastal footpath. And of course, if you're visiting in summer, check out the access conditions to the local hills on the Envie de balade page first.
"I'm going to go green and become a smart consumer!"
Take care of yourself and the planet in 2019 by eating organic local and seasonal produce – it's trendy and smart! Yep, making a gazpacho with fresh tomatoes on the 21st of December might be exotic, but it's not very environmentally-friendly (unlike a chard fricassee). In short, if you want to eat healthier, head off to a farm market to get your fill of fresh fruit and vegetables and cook them yourself! And if cooking isn't your cup of tea, opt for a lunch or dinner at a Tables 13 restaurant - the chefs are committed to concocting delicious dishes with local, seasonal produce.
If you're looking for gifts, use short distribution channels by shopping directly from local producers and artisans.
And if you want to be at the top of your beauty game in 2019, why not make your own cosmetics (very in vogue on Instagram) and washing powder using Savon de Marseille soap. It's ecological and, especially, very economical.
Bonus: this Savon de Marseille liquid detergent recipe makes 3 litres
100 g Savon de Marseille flakes
3 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda
2 litres hot water
Dissolve the Savon de Marseille flakes in 2 litres of hot water. Leave until cold then add the bicarbonate of soda. Pour into a container and it's ready!
The real, the natural, the authentic household soap, ‘savon de Marseille’, a major Provencal product with lot of qualities
"I'm going to meet the love of my life"
May love be with you in 2018! Marseille and Provence are declaring their undying love with MP2018, Quel Amour!, a whole year of cultural events on the Love theme. See you on February 14th, 2018 for the big kiss.
I'm going to read a book every month"
You already vowed to read a book every month in 2018, but with your new Netflix subscription, your good intentions dissolved as if by magic... You might still be a series addict in 2019, but the full works of Marcel Pagnol and Jean-Claude Izzo you received at Christmas just might prompt you to get back to reading again. Jump at the chance to discover a heart-stopping Marseille thriller.
"I'm going to clean out my closet"
This year, in addition to going green, why not clean out your closet? If you want to clear out the clutter and make space in your loft and cupboards, nothing beats a Provence car boot sale.
clutter and make space in your loft and cupboards, nothing beats a Provence car boot sale. "I'm going to take up sport"
At last! It's definite, in 2019 you're going to take up sport! Yes, but this year, you're not going to give up, because we've found what it takes to motivate you (well it works for some of us here at My Provence in any case): sign up for a race! Don't target the Marseille-Cassis marathon straight away, but opt for a friendly little race like the Run in Marseille. And especially, don't run alone! As a matter of fact, if you're running with your partner this race is made for you: the course des amoureux couples' race, part of the MP2018, Quel Amour! celebrations.
"I'm going to enjoy a siesta"
Yes indeed, because with all this sport, you're exhausted! So off you go to enjoy a good siesta and you'll be right as rain! The people of Marseille are so attached to their siesta that if you go to Siest’in you can have a nap in one of the five individual cabins after your meal. What will it be? A sun-lounger, bed or hammock - just take your pick!
"I'm going to go out with my friends more"
And if you live in the Bouches-du-Rhône, ask for your My Provence Pass. It's free and allows you to benefit from one free entry for every paying visitor at over 40 sites and service providers: museums, dairies, electric bicycle hire, boat trips in a traditional 'pointu' fishing boat, wine and beer tasting, etc.
So what are your good resolutions for 2019? Share them with us on Instagram with the #myprovence hashtag or on Facebook by liking our page @myprovenceofficel.
Our recommendations to fully enjoy the Nomadic European Biennial
Manifesta will take place for the first time in France, in Marseille from the 28th of August until the 29th of November 2020. The Nomadic European Biennial will also extend to the whole Region Sud. Enjoy an arty stay in Provence !
The "Sentier Provence, mines d'énergies" (Provence Energy Mine Trail) is a new GR® long-distance footpath crossing 14 towns in the Pays d’Aix and Pays d’Aubagne areas. The trail is divided into 3 itineraries (42 km, 45 km and 66 km) and also includes 13 local loops.
From the producer to the bag
What's the best thing to bring back from your holiday in Provence? And what souvenir from the South should we take if we're visiting friends or family elsewhere? We won't be offering you a classic little tour of the souvenir shops this time, so let's head off to meet the local producers and craftspeople instead!
" Place your bets ! "
Las Vegas, Monaco and Atlantic City are simply overrated. On the other hand, Carry-le-Rouet, Cassis, La Ciotat and Aix-en-Provence all have lots of sightseeing attractions - plus casinos!
To cater to this new generation of residents and tourists, we simply had to hunt down some on-point addresses: modern and offbeat, architectural and arty, never-before-seen and places to be seen.
Our pick of spas and wellness centres in Provence
we are giving you our top pick of addresses so you can enjoy some TLC everywhere you go in Provence!
Discover our guide to Provence's top craft beers is packed with local flavours, such as honey, lavender and chestnuts
Get a new angle on Port-Saint-Louis !
We set the date with Gérard Jourdan, a honey producer based in Auriol, who can't wait to introduce us to his job and passion for bees...
Special itineraries and guides for touring the Bouches-du-Rhône by bike!
Time to eat outside
Picnics are a great way to escape from routine and spend some quality time with friends, family or your partner. Whether you opt for the seaside, a park or vineyard, they are an ode to simple pleasures and sharing.