That’s it from Aixcentric as it’s time for the annual summer break.  But I am so pleased to end on a happy note in that the Carousel is back! carousel.jpg Yay!

It’s tucked away in the place Jeanne d’Arc – outside the HSBC bank – not such a good pitch as before, but I had a chat to the lady and it’s going to be there all year, she said. Continue Reading »


What a success the Tour has been in Yorkshire and then between Cambridge and London. Over 6 million people are estimated to have turned out to see the riders who were cheered on with such enthusiasm.  Last year we were lucky in Aix to have a stage starting here…but really it isn’t too far to go and see them again this summer.tourdefrance

The 15th Stage which takes place on 20th July goes 222km from Tallard to Nimes, whizzing through Gordes, Cavaillon, St Remy and Tarascon en route.

Details and timings are here: http://www.letour.fr/le-tour/2014/fr/etape-15.html.



louiseLouise Germain was the only woman that Cézanne allowed to paint alongside him. Together with Joseph Ravaisou, they used to hire transport out to the Sainte-Victoire and paint, stopping only for a picnic lunch. This exhibition of her work is to mark the 140th anniversary of her birth. So who was Louise? Continue Reading »

Work on Rocade L2 has started.  This is the new autoroute, Continue Reading »

‘Chabaud de la Terre a la Mer’ is the new exhibition at the Centre d’Art Sebastien in St Cyr.  A great start for a day out by the sea!

Auguste Chabaud, who lived in Graveson in the Alpilles, painted the people, the villages and the landscape of  his beloved Provence during the early 20th century.  The museum dedicated to  his work in Graveson is well worth a visit – my post on it  is here: http://aixcentric.com/2013/03/27/in-praise-of-graveson-chabauds-village/

sailorsThe current exhibition in St Cyr shows his rather dark paintings of the rocky Alpilles but also his brighter work down by the coast – like these off-duty sailors in Marseille.  Continue Reading »

Sans titre-1The ‘Instants d’Eté’ programme of cinema in the parks begins this evening with Continue Reading »

Arles Awakens

There is definitely a spirit of change in Arles right now.  It has always struck me as being a sleepy town, living in close proximity with its past, rather dusty, unchanging.

But now there are new developments all across town:  the super new Fondation Vincent Van Gogh opened very recently (read about it here: http://aixcentric.com/2014/04/13/van-gogh-returns-to-arles/). It’s fascinating that the funding of this 11 million euro development came, not from the state, but from Continue Reading »