2018 Good Resolutions in Provence…

Happy New Year 2018! Midnight has sounded. The party streamers have been thrown. The celebrations are over and it's time to kick off the new year with some good resolutions!

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Ok so you slacked off a bit last year, but no matter. Wipe the slate clean, because 2018 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 2018: 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!

‘Calanques’ of Marseille

Let’s walk and admire the beautiful landscapes of the ‘Calanques’ around Marseille

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Eat Locavore

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"I'm going to tour the Bouches-du-Rhône"

There's no question of being bored and staying on your sofa in 2018. 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.

  • Visit Provence's towns and villages in bloom

  • 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 2018 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 2018, 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 soap of Marseille

The real, the natural, the authentic household soap, ‘savon de Marseille’, a major Provencal product with lot of qualities

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"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 2017, but with your new Netflix subscription, your good intentions dissolved as if by magic... You might still be a series addict in 2018, 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 2018 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"

The best resolution you can make in 2018 is to have fun! So why not start with a theatre outing followed by a concert with friends?

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 2018? Share them with us on Instagram with the #myprovence hashtag or on Facebook by liking our page @myprovenceofficel.