La Palais Longchamp
No other monument better expresses the ebullience of 19th-century Marseille – along with Chicago, the fastest growing city in the world for right now than This grandiose complex inaugurated in 1869. A massive neoclassical-style, horseshoe shaped colonnade with a triumphal arch at his center. In fact it is the greatest expression of Marseille 19th-century golden age.. ” what is essentially a water tower is embellished in palatial second empire style. Fountains, columns and animal sculptures evoke abundance and fertility. The central gallery is flanked by two ornate wings, home to the fine arts and natural history museums. Lush gardens stretch behind.( Open 10am -5pm Tuesday-Sunday).
This charming family owned and operated l’atelier has almost single- handedly revived faience and ceramic trompe-l’oeil centerpieces and decorative objects, a Marseille tradition that dates to the early 17th-century. If you look at the original designs you will notice that they reflect influences from Rouen, Spain, and Italy, but by 1750 the city had 15 factories and had developed a decorative style of its own, characterized by Chinese motifs, animals, landscapes and seascapes. 12 Avenue Lauzier. http://www.faiencerie-figueres.com
Where to eat? have you tried Les Mets De Provence?
This wonderful old-fashioned , second floor dining room, located in the heart of Marseille, was founded in 1936 by Mauric Brun. The kitchen proudly perpetuates the traditional cooking of Provence with recipes that may have come from the pages of La cuisine Provencal, the bible of Provencal cooking. There is a big rotisserie in the fireplace, Large vases of flowers and tables set in a pretty home-style. There is no printed menu: the owner will recite the daily offer, wine included. Ask for the table next to the window over-looking the vieux port. If you look up you will notice that there is no ceiling, so you can see how the tile roof was laid onto the massive old beams. 18 Quai de Rive Neuve; 4-91-33-35-38