books%20in%20bar%20image%202Tomorrow, April 25th, independent booksellers in France and Belgium perpetuate the tradition of San Jordi to celebrate the book.

Book In Bar are having special events all day: there will be the Human Read-Box where you order a story off a menu (English and French readers will read to you); Livre Détourné – second-hand books will be turned into flowers and book-marks; and there will be a guessing game with 16 pictures – you guess the book title.

And…you can buy books, read newspapers and enjoy coffee.  What’s not to like?

At Book In Bar, 4 rue Joseph Cabassol, Aix.

If you like photographing Provence, here are details of a major competition being run at the airport – and, who knows, you could be one of those chosen to have their work displayed in grand format to greet visitors this summer.

IMG_5632The theme is Provence from an economic, cultural or touristic view and its aim is to promote the changing and improving image of the region.  The deadline is 11th May.

The first prize is a trip for 2 on a CMA CGM container ship from Marseille to Barcelona to let you discover the world of merchant shipping and the ‘marins’ who work in it.  Different!

The public can vote on the entries 18th May-8th June, then the winning photos will be exhibited at the airport 24th June – 24th October.

Full details here:  http://www.concoursphotoprovence.com/?IdTis=XTC-D2RW-ASLOUV-DD-KLFG2-DHJ9



Claude Paris/AP

Claude Paris/AP

The French press and TV have announced the opening this month of a replica cave, which reproduces the 1000 examples of Stone Age paintings to be found in the nearby Chauvet cave in the Ardeche.  The original drawings were done 36,000 years ago and were preserved by a rock-fall until their discovery in 1994.

These originals could be contaminated by the breath of visitors so the French authorities have recreated the cave with artists using laser scans to ensure that every brush stroke is accurate. But the UK Guardian’s Art correspondent writes, ‘Don’t fall for a fake: the Chauvet cave art replica is nonsense’.  Continue Reading »

Some info just received today from the MAABN (Mediterranean Anglo-American Business Network) which is a non-profit organisation that promotes and supports Franco-American and Franco-British business and cultural relations.

“The Aix Networking Evening this month has been moved to Thursday 23rd to accommodate the reception of the British Ambassador to France in Marseille on the 13th, an event being co-organized by the MAABN. It is being hosted at the Perrin family’s wine boutique at the top of the Cours Mirabeau.Perrin2-Medium

The Perrins are the leading organic wine-growers in the southern Rhône Valley, where they are present in the region’s best terroirs. …Nature and tradition are key to the Perrin family’s approach, one that has continued seamlessly over five generations.

Since 2012, the family has been working with the beautiful Miraval Estate near Correns in the Var, more famously known today as the summer residence of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, where they oversee the vineyard, wine-making process and distribution.

The family has owned the famous Château de Beaucastel since 1909, the wines of which are among the top five in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation.

The Perrin family’s boutique has large range of wines starting at just over €5 to the most expensive Châteauneuf-du-Papes. Wine-tasting is available at the boutique.”  Full article here: http://www.maabn.fr/2015/04/networking-evening-aix-april-23/

Boutique Famille Perrin
1 Place Forbin

6.30 – 9.00 pm

Members: Free
Non-members: €15

colomboThere’s a lovely, fresh, Spring-like exhibition of Cécile Colombo’s work in Marseille at the moment.

She is a Gemenos-based artist who uses tissue, fabric, bits of text, inks and paint to make colourful collages.

It’s at Galerie Charivari, 7 rue Fontange, Marseille 6, near Notre Dame du Mont.  Until 15th May; Tues-Sat 10-19:00.

IMG_8939It’s hard judging a restaurant from the outside.  Some look tiny and are tiny….others are deceptive. And the new ‘Marasino’ is one such.  Continue Reading »

Snacking in Aix

When we first got our flat here, over 12 years ago, it wasn’t easy to find a lunch-time snack.  It was still very much formal 3 course dining.  But now there is a more casual approach to le dejeuner, especially among the young, and there are new cafés springing up to cater for them.

Maison Nosh has been in the Tripadvisor top three Aix restaurants Continue Reading »