On Thursday 20th Nov, there will be an ‘Apero Arty’ to launch Continue Reading »

aixnoelThe chalets for the Christmas market in the cours Mirabeau and the traditional rides for the little ones are nearly ready!  Here are all the dates: Continue Reading »

photo from The Guardian

photo from The Guardian

Last year we were wrong-footed by air-traffic controllers three times: one flight cancelled, one delayed and one afternoon sitting on the tarmac at Heathrow for  hours.  ‘Where can we find out about this sort of thing before it happens?’ we wondered.

Well now there’s a website which lists strikes across France - today for instance the binmen are out in Continue Reading »

voyage en villeAs part of the ‘Image de Ville’ festival this weekend, there will be walks around the film locations in town – so you can follow in the footsteps of Truffaut, Antonioni, Chabrol as well as ad directors.  In conjunction with the tourist office, they will take place Saturday and Sunday, 15th and 16th November, at 9:30.  The walks are two hours long and cost 5€.

Otherwise you can enjoy films and activities based on urban architecture and space at the Cité du Livre and the Mazarin cinema.  The sixty films take audiences from Paris to Shanghai,  and from Las Vegas to Calcutta….and include Woody Allen’s very watchable ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’.  Here’s the press brief: idv14-dossier-presse2

Commemorating WW1 in Aix

‘Centenaire 14-18′ has already begun in Aix.  This is a programme to commemorate the centenary of World War 1 – lots of conferences, talks, and a couple of exhibitions.  poppies

Look out for a 72m fresco, Le Chemin de Mémoire, inaugurated last evening at the Lycée Militaire in the Bd des Poilus.

There’s an exhibition of letters and memorabilia from one family who were caught up in the horror of the war at the Centre Aixois des Archives Departementales.  ‘Martin Laval: une Famille Provencale dans la Grande Guerre’ can be seen Mon-Sat 9-18:00 from November 17th.  (Closed Tuesday mornings).

And there is a series of WW1-themed films at the Cité du Livre.

Click here for a pdf with full details of Episode 1 of the town’s commemorations. programme-14-18-web


1415700219021_wps_13_A_whale_stranded_on_a_bea…Decided to celebrate  my 600th post on Aixcentric by bringing you this gruesome story about a beached whale down on a Camargue beach. Continue Reading »




Celebrating 20 years of raising money for charity, La Maison de l’Artisanat are holding their annual art sale.

Profits from the sale of 11 paintings by each of 111 artists go to improving the conditions for children with cancer at Marseille’s La Timone hospital.  Over the 20 years, 1m euros have been raised for this cause.

As for the paintings, they are all 20×20 and are framed.

The show kicks off on Thursday 13th November at 18:00hrs in the presence of popular actor Kad Merad.

It is running until 23rd November at the interesting Maison de l’Artisanat, 21 cours d’Estienne d’Orves, Marseille.

Free entry - Tues-Fri, 10-12, 13-18, Sat 13-18:00hrs.