wonder if you have heard of Network Provence, a group created by Rebecca Ronane? 

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The new exhibition at the Hotel Caumont Centre d’Art begins on Friday 24th November. It promises to explore the linkages between the Columbian artist Fernando Botero and Picasso, with 60 works by Botero and 20 by Picasso from the collections of the Musée national Picasso-Paris and the Museu Picasso de Barcelone.

There will be a catalogue-signing by the artist on the opening day, from 11:00-12:00hrs.

Delighted to read that there are moves afoot to leave parts of the excavations in les Places des Precheurs et de Verdun visible through glass, for future generations to be able to get a peek into the history of this important spot.  Continue Reading »

There has been a change to the schedule for the lecture series at the IAU (Institut Américain Universitaire).  Please see below for details of the new talk on Thursday evening:


Cézanne finds himself marooned between the Foire aux Santons and woolly jumpers at the textile market.

It seems strange having the Christmas markets starting up against such a bright blue sky and warm sun, but there we are – the chalets are built and the children’s rides are already in action at the Rotonde.  This annual activity means that the usual Tues/Thurs/Sat markets have had to be moved.

The textile market is coiled around the big area at the Rotonde, outside the OT, the brocante is on Ave Victor Hugo, both sides, and the food market is in cours Sextius. Not sure where the pottery/jewellery people have gone – couldn’t see them on Saturday.

Here are the dates for the Christmas Markets:

Les Chalets de Noel:  from Wednesday 22 November – 31st December

Foire aux Santons: open now, until 31st December

Les Maneges de Noel:  in action already until 25th December

Marché International des Villes Jumelles: 29 November – 3rd December

Fete de l’Huile d’Olive d’Aix-en-Provence AOP: 9th and 10th December

Marché des 13 Desserts: 16 and 17th December.

I do love the rows of plastic garden chairs for clapped-out parents next to the carousels.

BTW, we found out the hard way that buying vouchers for 10 euros only buys rides on that particular ride, ie they are not redeemable on them all, like at theme parks.  Oh well, we kept them …I hope le petit-fils Aixcentric will enjoy riding round on Lightning McQueen until his mid-teens!



Blé d'esperance, santons, buches de Noel, la Pompe, treize desserts, le Gros Souper....Provence certainly has some wonderfully different customs at Christmas.  And local language school 'Destination Francais' is running a workshop to explain them all.  
It's a two hour session on Friday 1 December, from 9.30 to 11.30hrs.

They say: 'Let's discover Christmas traditions in Provence, taste some Christmas desserts and sing Christmas songs. Participants will also have a hot drink and receive a a booklet about Christmas traditions written in French and English as well as a song book'. This workshop is in French and English.

Place : au restaurant le Jardin d’Amalula, 7 Rue Mignet à Aix en Provence

Subscription : destination.francais@ymail.com. Cost: 30 euros. Payment is to be made before the workshop via French cheques or by cash.

Aren’t we lucky to have a pro-active English-language book shop in town?  Here is their programme for the year end:

Thursday 23rd November, Poetry Corner.  ‘As always in November, we will commemorate the fallen of WW1 and other wars, through poetry and prose.  The war to end all wars ended on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month 1918…but wars go on and on.  “Lest we forget” we read and discuss each November, the poets and poetry through the genre of War Poetry.’

Thursday 30th November, Book Club. ‘The Uncommon Reader’, Alan Bennett.

Friday 15th December, Poetry Corner. ‘This will be a special evening.  We will celebrate the 10th Birthday of The Poetry Corner!  I invite you, my poetry friends, to write a ten line poem on any subject of your choice.  A little surprise gift awaits the winner. We will discuss some of the themes that we have encountered during the ten years of The Poetry Corner’.

Thursday 21st December, Book Club. ‘Last Night at the Lobster’, Stewart O’nan.

All events start at 17:30hrs.