The marvel of Marseille

If you happen to have just one hour left in Marseille, like I did a few days ago, go to see the breathtaking MuCEM. Its modern steel construction stretches over water between the seafront and the heart of the city, overlooking Vieux Port and being looked over by Notre-Dame de la Garde.

The museum reminds me of my beloved Tate Modern in London. It is worth visiting just for its design. I didn’t have much time to explore the area, I simply whizzed through the over-water corridors on the way to see the UPSIDE-DOWN WORLD exhibition dedicated to Carnivals and Masquerades in Europe and the Mediterranean.

I literally put on breaks in the last room presenting carnival outfits from the cities like Helsinki, Rio, Venice. The room was tiny but the gowns were grand. I was mesmerized by their powerful colors. The outfits were simply addictive, I couldn’t stop taking pictures. Eventually I did, as I had a feeling the Venetian mannequins gave me a disciplinary wink. I couldn’t help but wonder if this was just my feeling, or maybe, they were indeed watching.

I wish I had had more time to explore this spectacular place but then, because I didn’t, I have a reason to come back. I will. There are a couple of things in Provence that stole my heart.

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If there is one thing to see in France this year, it’s this

You walk in. You stop. You don’t quite know what’s happening. The floor is dancing, the walls are moving, the music is filling you inside. You need to adjust your senses. The room is full of colorful images. They are constantly changing, in harmony with the powerful notes of Beethoven, Strauss and Puccini.

It’s breathtaking. It’s something you haven’t seen before. Unless you’ve already been to this place before, in which case I don’t blame you. I think I might travel to Carrieres de Lumieres to see it again. Soon.

The exhibition Klimt and Vienna. A century of gold and colors is open until January 4th 2015 at the impressive Carrieres the Lumieres quarries in Les Baux-de-Provence in the south of France.

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