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Sand,spade and bucketThat’s it now for the summer.

There’s so much happening in Provence right now with opera and art in Aix, theatre in Avignon, photography in Arles….music in the vineyards, cinema under the stars in the parks.  And then there’s the beach. And all those restaurants in Aix to try out (see last post!)

Have a lovely summer and see you back here beginning September.

Anyone who has been living in Aix for the past ten years will have witnessed the strong growth of restaurants in town, and specifically the increase in casual eating.

La Provence recently reported that there are now Continue Reading »

icones-americainesThe long-awaited summer exhibition, Icones Américaines at the Musée Granet finally opens on July 11th and there is a ‘weekend exceptionnel’ to mark the opening.

On Saturday and Sunday, 11th and 12th, there will be guided tours at 10:30, 11:30, 14, 15 and 16:00hrs.  Once you have paid to get in, these are free.  No reservations and limited to the first 25.  There will be afternoon workshops for the 6-11 year olds and on Sunday the Conservatoire students will be playing at 16:30.

Details of the exhibition are here: http://www.museegranet-aixenprovence.fr/expositions/a-voir/icones-americaines.html

***Sunday also sees the live broadcast of Benjamin Britten’s opera Midsummer Night’s Dream, direct from the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, at Marseille’s Fort St Jean – 21:30.

documentIf you need this vital info before setting off to the beach, there’s a new app which will help.  ‘Marseille Infos Plages’ gives air temperature, sea temperature and also details on whether your chosen beach is in fact open.  (The river Huveaune which joins the Med near the Prado beaches sometimes carries contamination which leads to beach closures).

This reliable real-time info from the town authorities relates to 21 beaches along the coast around Marseille.  https://www.marseilleservices.fr/demarches/jsp/site/Portal.jsp?page_id=244

If you like the idea of watching the stars under the stars, sign up for one of the films being shown later this month at Chateau Gassier in Puyloubier, a pretty village 20 minutes’ drive from Aix.

a7b904d5-9cdb-4702-ad6d-550e609b42b7Here’s the poster that will give you all the details.

Should you wish to eat there first, the Café Sainte-Victoire in the centre of the village is pure Provence Continue Reading »

brianwilson‘Love and Mercy’ is an enthralling biopic which has just opened at the Renoir.  It tells the story of Brian Wilson one of the three brothers who formed the nucleus of the Beach Boys.  He suffered Continue Reading »

Saturday night will see a ‘parade of elegance’ in the cours Mirabeau.annees folles

The Vieux Volants de Provence group (who do charity rides every September) will be turning out in force from 21:00 to midnight, in vehicles from 1920 to the 1960s. Continue Reading »