marigold hotelStarting tomorrow, there’s a good crop of films at the cinema in Aix.  Continue Reading »

A couple of years ago, I met Tasha, a Californian foodie at my painting class.  She was doing a stage at a gourmet restaurant in Lourmarin, loving it and loving Provence.  Since going home to Manhattan Beach, she has been working as a food stylist and is facilitating a course in April in Cadenet.

Join Denise Vivaldo and Cindie Flannigan, authors of the The Food

One of the tutors on the course in April

One of the tutors on the course in April

Stylist’s Handbook, and Tasha Powell (our fluent-in-French food stylist) for this information-packed workshop on the art of food styling and photography. A Paris-based food photographer will share photographic techniques to improve your culinary camera skills. This class is designed for chefs, food bloggers, food writers and anyone with a deep passion for the art of food.


Interested?  If so, read here for details. http://www.culinaryentrepreneurship.com/food-styling-and-photography-in-the-south-of-france/

Book quickly if you want to climb the stairs to Marseille’s Gare St Charles and hop on a train to London.  gare-st-charles-081

Tickets are now on sale Continue Reading »

National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein will be shown in Aix on Sunday 12th April.frankenstein

It’s the fourth in the series of special screenings organised by local American Karen Wildau who had to battle to find a venue for her venture.

The programme is going well, she tells me, with around a hundred people coming along to each broadcast.  And no wonder.

  • The venue is the prestigious 5-star Hotel Renaissance
  • Productions come straight from London’s West End
  • There’s usually an expert introduction  before the screening
  • The interval includes actor/director interviews
  • The show is followed by afternoon tea which Karen describes as ‘creative, varied and generous’
  • Cost: 15€ or 25€ with tea.  Imagine that in the West End!
Two thumbs up to the Renaissance Hotel in Aix for hosting these plays for local English-speakers
Good for the Renaissance Hotel in Aix for hosting these plays for local English-speakers


More on the production from the National Theatre:

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world.

When: 14h30

Where: The Renaissance Hotel, 320 ave W A Mozart, Aix. 

Tickets: They must be purchased by going to www.weezevent.com/frankenstein, paying on line and printing out the tickets to bring with you.  The hotel does not sell tickets directly. This is likely to be a sell out so please book early and feel free to bring your friends.

The Guardian says:

Forget Boris Karloff with a bolt through his neck. Forget even Peter Boyle as the new, improved monster singing “Puttin’ on the Ritz” in the Mel Brooks pastiche. What you get in Danny Boyle’s production and Nick Dear’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s mythic fable, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating as Victor Frankenstein and the Creature, is neither shlock nor satire. Instead it’s a humane, intelligent retelling of the original story, in which much of the focus is on the plight of the obsessive scientist’s sad creation, who becomes his alter ego and his nemesis: it’s rather like seeing the Tempest rewritten from Caliban’s point of view.

It is also fascinating to compare the two actors. Cumberbatch’s Creature is unforgettable. “Tall as a pine tree,” as the text insists, he has humour as well as pathos: his naked entry into the world is marked by a totter on splayed feet and, when he moves, it is with a forward-thrusting, angular, almost Hulotesque curiosity. But there is also an epic grandeur about Cumberbatch. As he quotes Paradise Lost, his voice savours every syllable of Milton’s words and when, in outrage at his rejection by the exile’s family, he burns their cottage, he utters a Hamletesque cry of “I sweep to my revenge.” It is an astonishing performance.


Bus news!  Aix is splashing out 66,2 million euros on a BHNS service Continue Reading »

IMG_6012Oh no Bateaux! …problems in port.  Apparently the popular batobus, that runs from the Vieux Port down to Pointe-Rouge in one direction and up to L’Estaque in the other, is Continue Reading »

Carnaval de Cassis

OK, this is my final post about Cassis for the time being but couldn’t resist news of their Carnaval on Saturday.  cassiscarnavalAll the details are on the poster below – it sounds lovely!