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Je suis heureuse de pouvoir annoncer que DIAGONALE est à présent terminé.
Réalisé en octobre 2018, grâce au soutien et à l’aide généreuse de Imaginastudio. Ce court-métrage se compose d’un unique plan séquence, interprété par deux talentueux comédiens : Leonor Oberson et Cyprien Colombo.
Il démarre à présent ses postulations en festivals.
Plus d’informations à ce sujet à venir !
Le court-métrage décalé « Rose et molletonnée » de Frédéric Chane enchaine les sélections et les prix !
Dernièrement, il s’est vu décerner pas moins de 6 prix (!!!) au Five Continents International Film Festival (Vénézuela) dont notamment une mention spéciale pour la performance de l’ensemble du casting et comme meilleure comédie !
Portant le film à déjà 9 prix tout autour du globe, lors de plus d’une dizaine de sélections !!
« TSAR BOMBA », l’un des derniers films d’Oskar Rosetti, dans lequel j’incarne Manon, vient d’obtenir plusieurs sélections prestigieuses en festivals.
« Irina vit seule avec son fils Ivan. Le jour où elle découvre une vidéo impliquant son fils dans un viol collectif, son univers s’écroule. »
Marseille ! Town of sun and crimes. As you can read it almost everywhere when you start searching about it. As it is my mum’s town, I know it pretty well, and I can tell you that it is not true (well, for the sun, it is). I would rather say than Marseille’s people keep this reputation, other way the city would full of tourists all year long.
Because this city is simply amazing !
Oldest town of France, this place get it’s own vibes. Marseille is a city that mixes all kind of architecture in the same place. A kind of « Joyeux bordel » (happy mess), as we say it in french.
Perfect place if you want to mixe sightseeing, outside activities, go to the sea and hang out. It’s the second biggest town of the country, after Paris, but it works like small cities coexisting together. You can easily visit the city by bikes, you will find some Velib bicycle to borrow (1 euro for 7 days !) almost everywhere.
Let’s find out the best places of theses different neighborhood !
Center of the town. This is the most famous place in Marseille. If you come in the morning, you will see fishermen selling their catch. There is a big mirror suspendu above your head that gives nice pictures.
On the south, behind the first street, you will find La place aux huiles. A nice place with restaurants and coffees. But I recommend you to eat at La Passarelle, beautiful and delicious outside restaurant, in a big garden, just under the stairs that goes to ..
This neighborhood is the new spot for a drink at night. You will find there a lot of bars and restaurants. Le Café de l’Abbaye offers a large terrace. It’s one of my favorite views of the port. Just under it, you will find Le Four des Navettes, the oldest bakery of the town where the famous navette biscuits are made. It’s an orange flower biscuit that you’ll find pretty everywhere, but the real ones (and tasty ones) are only there !
If you want a funny experience, you should try the Carry Nation, a clandestin bar hiding behind a library somewhere in Marseille. Make a reservation on their website and they will give you the way to get in….But shhhh.
Other nice place to go out, Le cours Julien is a messy place behind the old port (stop « Notre Dame du Mont » , on subway). You will find there a lot of restaurants, nice coffees and graffitis everywhere around you. If you choose to go back to the old port by foot, you will have the feeling to cross Istanbul. Nice place if you want to buy spices or having a mint tea !
On the other side of the old port (north), you will find a brand new neighborhood. It is now possible to visit the Saint-Jean Fort. A beautiful old fort that will give you an amazing view of the old port. From there, yon can cross a bridge to go to the MUCEM, museum of civilisations and mediteranee sea. This building made in 2013 worth for it’s architectural.
This is the oldest part of the town, with all there little streets, this place gets it’s own ambience. You will fond there nice shops as the 72% pétanque, a small shop that sells it’s own made Marseille’s soap.
La Canebière, big and famous street that start from the old port will bring you to the Palais Longchamp, a castle who contains a big garden and a museum. On your way up, stop to the Teavora coffee, you will have to ring to get in, and to take off your shoes to walk on a sand floor.
The most important building in Marseille ; the basilica Notre Dame. Not only you will have an amazing view of all the town, but this small building is incredibly beautiful. The golden interior has hanging wood boats. On the outside of the church, you will see bullet impacts from the resistance, during the second world war.
If you’re hungry. I recommend you to eat in the small restaurant that you will find just under the basilica. Establishment held by nuns, it’s tasty and very cheap. If you prefer to have a pizza, La Bonne Mère is the best place in town, and good news, it’s really close !
Just after this restaurant, you will find a leather shop, Création Sacs Mary, who makes beautiful and locals bags. Keep on going down to the old port and you will fall on Paradis street, full of biggest shops.
If you arrived by train, you already know this place and the view from here.
But have you heard about La friche la Belle de Mai ? This cultural place gets a lot of evenings, expos, theater mouvements and activities for young and children. Definitely a place you should know ! However, be careful when you came back late at night, this can be a less secure neighborhood.
Good, now that you did a lot of the inside city, let’s go see a little more the sea ! There is a big street, starting from the old port that goes south and that becomes the Corniche J-F Kennedy. This street will pass in front of the Pharo Palace and his garden and goes on to the Catalans and it’s beach. Keep on going and you will arrive at Le Vallon des Auffes, a bridge above an old small port. This place has amazing (but expensive) restaurants like Chez Fonfon and L’épuisette, best places to eat fish and seafood. I highly recommend you to make a reservation !
After this bridge, keep on walking a bit and look for a small street on your right with the Malmousque sign on it. This will bring you to the sea, a Marseillais’s favorite spot to swim and relax after a day of work. If this place is too crowded, you can also find a place under the next bridge, Le pont de la Fausse Monnaie.
I love to come here early in the morning and swim from there to the little fort on the Gaby island. You get an amazing view from the city. If you want to do more sport, you can also join locals people, jogging on the Corniche street. Following the road, you will pass a bigger beach, La Plage du Prophète, and will arrive in the Prado beach.
Now than you are here, If you are still running, you can finish your jogging it in the big Borely garden, fresh and green spot of the city. If you’re more on a cultural mood, cross the garden on go to the 280 Boulevard Michelet. You will find there La cité radieuse, building of the famous Swiss architect le Corbusier, World Heritage classified by UNESCO.
Outside of the town
If you got time, you can go to different beautiful places like Les calanques, amazing natural park where you can walk and taste a wild sea. Some spot are accessible by bus, but you will need to walk for an hour or two, so bring good shoes ! If you got a car, or that you made locals friends, you should go to Les goudes, a good start for les Calanques, where you can also find nice restaurants and bars. Les calanques can be forbidden during hot summer because of fire danger, look for the information at a tourist information center.
From the old port, you will find cruises to go to the Frioul island and the îf castle. Both islands are really beautiful. You can spend a day walking and swimming in the Frioul island and you can visit the famous îf castle where the count of Monte Cristo, from the novel of Alexandre Dumas, was imprisoned.
Ok, now you are ready to enjoy this beautiful city. Be careful, it’s really easy to fall in love with it !
As I pass from a country to an other, without going back home, I needed stuff for all kind of weather. But, I also got back injuries, so, it was not possible for me to get a very heavy bag ! After some research and a few months testing it, I can now give you my list for a travel (almost) everywhere, for less than 12 Kg/26 lb.
- Hidden belt. For your money and important papers. Always do a separate copy of your passeport and cards. Also, send yourself a picture of all your papers by email.
- Sleeping mat. Not necessary if you project to sleep only inside. But can save your couchsurfing night. I also use it to do my Yoga 😉 !
- Swiss knife. My country’s proud. Choose one knife with scissors.
- Lighter. Even if you don’t smoke, it’s gonna be useful, and more than once.
- Sunglasses. It can be expensive, but choose a very good protection, that’s your eyes’s health we are talking about.
- Padlock. Very useful in a lot of guesthouses.
- Sleeping bag. Choose a light one but very good one. It’s gonna be your bed for a long time…
- Silk bag. You can put it inside your sleeping bag, it’s gonna keep the warmth. Way more easier when you want to wash it than cleaning your sleeping bag. And you’re gonna use only this one if you sleep in a hot country or inside a doubtful bed…
- Inflatable pillow. Not completely necessary as you can use a sweater instead of it. But still, worth it when you have to spend hours in a night bus.
- Rope. When all your clothes will be wet, you’ll be able to improvise a drying rack wherever you are.
- Survival blanket. It doesn’t take any weight and can save your life from cold. You can also use it to isolate your tent.
- Sewing set. You’re gonna wear the same clothes for a looooong time.
- Cooking set. It helps to save a lot of money to cook yourself in hostel. You don’t need a lot of stuff, one pan, one spoon, one sponge
- Camping stove. Not necessary if you only sleep inside.
- Filter Bottle. No sickness, and you don’t use 2000 plastic bottles. You can also get an aluminium bottle and some water purification tablets.
- Vacuum bottle. If you purifie your water by boiling it, you can keep it hot for your tea or coffee. And when it’s cold outside, it’s priceless.
- 2 or 3 Waterproof bags. I use these bags to keep everything organise in my backpack. Also, if it’s raining, your clothes will be safe !
- Small plastics bags. Same concept. Keep everything organise, dry and clean !
Remember to choose dark colors, as it is less salissable. If you choose some colors, every piece should be accorded with the others.
- 2 Microfiber towels. One normal size and one very small that you can use for your face (when the big one is dirty), your hair, or to keep it close, to have a wet towel when it’s too hot (it’s gonna save your life in summer in Asia).
- 1 Silk scarf. You can use it when it’s cold for your neck and when it’s hot as a hat. Silk is beautiful, it keeps you warm and and it dries very fast. I recommend you this video to learn a lot of different ways to wear it.
- 1 Winter hat that can be open on the top. So you can use it as a hat and also around your neck. –
- Thins gloves. If you want to do a lot of mountain, you will also need bigger ones.
- 1 Compact down jacket. It’s so small than you can keep it in your small bag in bus, plane, or everywhere the air conditioning is too strong.
- Light jeans. I recommend you the pants from DUER performance. They are beautiful, made for movements, light, they dries quickly, and they don’t smell ! –
- 1 Pant for trekking than you can convert in shorts. If you’re like me, you will enjoy a lot of trekking all around the world.
- 1 light Shorts. Duer gets nice shorts, I also recommend you the clothes from Lolë that are made for trekking but look like town clothes.
- 1 Dress than you can wear in different ways. If you’re not too preoccupied with style, you can skip this part. I recommend you the dress from KSL.
- 1 Leggings in merino wool. Keep that in mind : merino is your friend. It keeps you warm when it’s cold, keeps you cool when it’s hot. It’s soft, it dries very quickly and it doesn’t smell. Everything you deeply need while you’re traveling ! You can use the leggings as tights, pyjama, or under your pant if it’s really cold. You can find a lot of merino clothes in Icebreaker collection.
- 2 Tops in merino and 1 T-shirt. There is a lot of places where you’re not allowed to come in if you don’t have your shoulders covered. – 1 Thin sweater in merino. It’s important to work by layers. Like this, you can easily combinat your clothes to reach the perfect temperature. –
- 1 Big sweater in merino. Try to find one with a hood.
- 1 Very light wind jacket and 1 plastic raincoat. Buy a real solid rain plastic coat that goes upon your clothes and bag. The thin raincoat will broke the first time you gonna use it.
- 1 Bra and 1 swimsuit in two pieces. You can use the swimsuit like underwear, specially during hot weather.
- 2 Pairs of short socks, and 1 pair of long socks in merino. If you project to do a lot of mountain, add one pair of big socks.
- 2 Panties and three thongs in merino. Be careful with synthetic underware when you travel, it’s maybe prettier but it can increase the risk of infections.
- 1 Pair of Vivobarefoot shoes. Theses shoes are amazing. They are so light (mine are under 200 Gr/7 oz) and they don’t look like trekking shoes. I did all my hikings with that, just be careful to choose shoes that will also protect your ankle.
- 1 Pair of sandals. The best would be to buy some sandals in plastic (so you can keep them while you take your shower in dirty places) but avoid the flip-flops shoes that will not hold your feet correctly for a big day sightseeing.
- Dr Bronner Soap. This bio soap can be use for almost everything.Shower, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste (yes), laundry and dishes.
- Brush and elastic hairband. Even if you have short hair, it can be use for fixe a lot of stuff.
- Skin oil. Useful for your skin, hair, and nails.
- Sunscreen, mosquito repellent and hand disinfection.
- Tooth brush, and dental floss.
- Face moisturizers that you need in small pots.
- Cotton swab. I found one washable in Japan but nowhere else…
- Razor and epilator. I use a wire epilator, like this I don’t need anyelectricity. But it can be very long.
- Cup. For menstruation. Only this, for ever.
- Earplug. If you want to sleep more than 2 hours in a dormitory.
- Essential oils. Very helpful for a lot of different causes, like insomnia, headache, stomachache, infections and way more. I personally use tea tree, pepper mint and lavender. As it can be toxic if you overdose it, learn how to use it before.
- Pansement and second skin. Believe me, you’re gonna walk a lot.
- Condoms. Safety first.
- Reusable cleaning Wipe. For your face and your makeup.
- Universal Adapter.
- Go pro. Or a light camera.
- Earphone. Take one with a micro to facecame your family
- Kindle. I love real books, but that’s impossible to take so many with me.
- Headlight. Absolutely necessary pretty everywhere you go. It can be useful to have a safety battery or an other flashlight.
- Rechargeable Battery that can be use with all your electronic.
- Make up kit. BB cream (try to choose one with sun protection), powder with a mirror, lipstick, black pencil, lips pencil, perfume sample.
- Discreet jewelry and a small kit to stock them. Remember that it can be dangerous according to the country.
- Wallet. Don’t keep all your money and all yours credit cards in the same place. Try to divide them in different safe places. I recommend you the N26 bank to get a very cheap and safe credit card. It’s an online German bank that will provide you a card that can be use everywhere without any withdrawal fee. The online application is also very convenient to get a track of your spending.
- Carabiner. To lock your bag on you.
- Map. To keep a track of places I’ve been. I also use MapsMe on my mobile phone.
- Travel notebook. So I can share with you my good plans.
- Pencils and pens. Depend on the country, but it can be a really good gift for children.
- Postcards of my home. I give them to people I met. Always a good memory, and takes no space.
- Paint palette. Cause I draw and paint a lot.
Ok, now your backpack is ready !! Choose a good one for your size and back, it’s gonna be your home for a while. So, let’s choose a country to start and….bon vent !