The Marcel Pagnol Pilgrimage

Two members of our touring group (Jeff and Deborah) are fans of the writer and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol, and all of us have seen at least some of his movies, so we decided to take advantage of the proximity along our route from Nice to Aix-en-Provence to visit some key sites from his life and films.

We met our tour guide MaryJane at the birthplace of Marcel in Aubagne.

The Birthplace of Marcel Pagnol in Aubagne

The Birthplace of Marcel Pagnol in Aubagne

 Closeup of the plaque

We then traveled to Le Treille, where much of the childhood of Marcel Pagnol took place.  We were delighted to spot a few familiar locales from the movies “My Father’s Glory” and “My Mother’s Castle“.

One of the mansions along the canal, seen in "My Mother's Castle"

One of the mansions along the canal, seen in “My Mother’s Castle”

Fountain from "Manon of the Spring" and MaryJane, our tour guide

Fountain from “Manon of the Spring” and MaryJane, our tour guide

Marcel Pagnol's Gravesite

Marcel Pagnol’s Gravesite

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To wrap up the Marcel Pagnol bit of our tour, on Tuesday, Philip surprised us with a visit to the church where the Manon character was married in the 1986 version of Manon of the Spring.

Scene from the movie "Manon of the Springs"

Scene from the movie Manon of the Spring

The church, as we saw it (Eglise Saint Barthelemy)

The church, as we saw it
(Eglise Saint Barthelemy)

NEXT STOP: AIX-EN-PROVENCE and the HOTEL DE GANTES

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