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Maison Menara

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A quick post to give you some news about Maison Menara. This summer, with my friends living in Morocco we started a little business by making kilim bags. We sold them at my Mom’s shop in Biscarrosse and decided to continue this little adventure.

So … We restocked on our beautiful kilim bags ! We care very much about the details and do our best to make a top quality product : each bag is made with vintage kilim rugs and suede. All our bags are handmade and one of a kind. I love their bohemian style and how easy it is to wear it for all kind of occasions. You can find our kilim bags and clutches here

We also started to venture in the berber rugs world ! I literally fell in love with the boucherouite rugs and their colorful patterns. These rugs are made with scraps of fabric, handwoven by women from rural Morocco, usually close to the Atlas mountains. My friends go from village to village to source the most amazing rugs. We try to buy recently made rugs as well as vintage ones, but always look for a special spark when we see one. We want only the best, the one of a kind, the extra special ! All our boucherouite rugs are available here

I hope you will like it :)

You can find our products on Etsy.

We are also on Facebook & Instagram.

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Calanques, Marseille

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In the calanques, a small piece of heaven, between Marseille and Cassis, these isolated coves, reachable by boat or on foot, where you find yourself nested between the sea, the rocks, and the pine trees. You get there after a long hike, in the mid-day sun, your tee desperately sticking to your back.
You step right into the cold water, after burning your feet on the pebbles. You go jump from the higher rocks, over there, at the end of the cove, you swim for hours in the water that matches the sky. You’re so far away from Marseille and its noise. It’s the perfect image of the Mediterranean, the boats, the plants, this blue, always.

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First Calanque after Callelongue, last port at the very end of Marseille. The path to get there overlooks the sea and the boat, the view is breathtaking throughout the hike. A relatively large and rocky bay, with small buildings. You make the most of the beach shack on the pebbles by going there for lunch in your swimsuit.

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+ Sugiton
An hour of strenuous hiking after the architecture school in Luminy, Marseille, a rocky descent through a dense vegetation to finally find this sheltered cove and its flagship, the enormous rock in the middle of the water, the favorite jumping point for the fearless divers. You put your beach towel in the shadows of the trees, you liste to the soothing sound of the crickets, you savour the turquoise sea.

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Maison Ménara

Today, I wanted to share with you the first steps of a project that I is dear to my heart. I had the opportunity to visit Morocco thanks to my best friend living there with her husband. We went to different places and I had the chance to get to acquainted with Morocco’s rich heritage of craftsmanship. This trip inspired me a lot and motivated me to share my creations and finds with a larger audience (rather than just family & friends).
With my friends in Morocco, we have created Maison Ménara, a lifestyle brand dedicated to quality material, traditional craftsmanship with an “Invitation to the Voyage” feel.
For this summer, we have selected some pretty clutches made with vintage berber kilim rugs, they are one of a kind and made by moroccan leather craftsmen. We sell them at Planète Plage, in Biscarrosse Plage.
For this winter, we are planning to expand to offer vintage and unique rugs, pillows and blankets and to open an e-shop to sell our products.
I’m looking forward to sharing this project with you and I’m happy to show you our first tiny lookbook.

PS : if you find a clutch you like, don’t hesitate to contact Planète Plage : contact(at)planete-plage.com or me : charlotte(at)thefoxandtheknife.com, we still have some pieces available ! Of course, if you’re on vacation near Biscarrosse-Plage, come see the collection live in the shop (in the main pedestrian street) !

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A long weekend in Marseille

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A long weekend in Marseille to explore the city. The blue of the Mediterranean sea is everywhere, the heat was sweltering during our visit, the pavement is hot in the yellow and ocher streets.
There are these beautiful houses perched on the heights of Marseille, with a spectacular view on city winding along the coast. And those constructions overhanging the sea, built with odds and ends. But also, those large housing estates nested in the garrigue. Or these small ports, so far away from the town and its chatter that it’s hard to believe you are still in Marseille. But there are always the boats, the incessant ballet of liners, sailboats, yachts and container ships. The masts lining the bay of the Vieux Port.
The chaotic traffic, paced by the horns; the highway crossing the city and next to a charming church, the warehouses with decrepit frontage and the shiny new buildings by the sea. The tiny beaches overcrowded on sunday, just to grasp a little bit of summer. At every headland, intrepid divers leaping into the void encouraged by a cheering crowd. Old men playing cards in front of their house on an old camping table. The terrasses where it’s best to enjoy the day passing by, slowly, soothed by a chilling wind.

Some ideas of walks in the city, what I enjoyed most during my trip.

+ Mucem, Fort Saint Jean, and Cathédrale La Major

First, admire the church Cathédrale La Major with its Buren-like stripes and then go dow to the Mucem and the Villa Méditerranée. Exploring the walkways of the Mucem and its rooftop is a must even if the exhibition in the museum doesn’t tempt you. The view is breathtaking. Next, cross the footbridge above the void to get to the Fort Saint Jean and watch the boats going to the Vieux Port.

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+ Le Panier

Go get lost in the narrow streets of Le Panier, historical and popular district of Marseille. A pretty maze of old buildings, typically southern, with clothes drying outside every window.

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+ Vallon des Auffres

Go there at dusk, to watch the golden light gently stroking the small houses and the hulls of the boats. Stop at Viaghji di Fonfon, a tiny restaurant where you can take drinks and nibbles by the sea, sitting on the dock. Let the end of the day slide, paced by the declining light and the sound of the bathers at the end of the dock.

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+ Vieux Port, Abbaye Saint Victor

Of course, take a stroll along the Vieux Port but go also uphill towards rue Sainte and the Abbaye Saint Victor. Nice sunny streets and a magnificent view on the port’s bay. Eat diner at Le Poulpe, a locavore restaurant on the Vieux Port with an impeccable decor.

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+ Le Cours Julien

Vintage shops, small designers, and cute restaurants with terrasses overflowing the streets, a little boheme feel in this young and lovely neighborhood. I loved getting lost in the streets and exploring all the pretty boutiques.
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To be continued : an escape to the Calanques …

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