Jeanne Laffite is quite an influential person and very delightful people that you will meet in Marseille. Thanks to her, an ugly fifties parking finally came down in the heart of the right bank of the old port, sine then the neighborhood has blossomed into a busy cafe and restaurant district. Jeanne also runs a publishing house that specializes in books on Provence , Marseille and southern French cooking and decoration. Stop
at Les Arcenaulx, a very nice bookstore she runs with her sister Simone. The building occupies a restored 18th century arsenal. Afterward, you can sit down for lunch at the adjoining restaurant, which serves delicious home-style Provencal dishes like Tagliatelle Pistou. 25 Cours d’Estienne d’Orves; http://www.les-arcenaulx.com
Le Musee Grobet-Labadie
“The production of faience in Marseille began in the 17th century” says the curator Dantelle Maternati Baldouy, of this very interesting museum, which is in fact housed in an 1873 mansion and its new Musee de La Faience. As Maternati Baldouy explains, collecting began the very last quarter of the 19th century, when the local bourgeoisie rediscovered its charm. Dantelle points out to a beautiful trompe-l’oeil faience – a soup tureen in the shape of a cabbage, plates are covered with ceramic mussels, olives and almonds.
The Grobet-Labadie museum houses the private art of Marie-Louise and Louis Grobbet, very wealthy Marseille residents. The residence has been renovated about 16, 17 years ago, and it truly offers an intriguing glimpse of the cultivated tastes of the late 19th century. Its collection ranges from 15th – 16th century Italian and Flemish paintings to works by Fragonard, Millet and along with medieval tapestries, sculptures and French Renaissance ( primarily Parisian) furniture and faience. 140 Boulevard de Longchamp. http://www.marseille.fr/…/lemusee-grobetlabadie Things