Just to add to the previous post, Anticafé Aix has developed a series of workshops which now include 4 language sessions or Blabla cafés.

  • Spanish, Tuesdays, 12-13hrs
  • Franglish, Melting Party’, Wednesdays, 18-20hrs (mainly for students)
  • French Rendez-vous, Thursdays, 11:15-12:15 hrs
  • English Talk n Lunch, Thursdays 12:20-13:30hrs
  • Italian, Fridays, 11:30-12:30hrs.

Dynamic manager Anita explained that they have other workshops – Yoga, how to use Instagram, Job-finding – for instance.  One recent success was a session by an expert on Iridology who analysed the health of attendees by looking into their eyes.  It’s soon to be repeated. Events are posted on their website and facebook page.

Attendees pay the usual 5 euros an hour, plus a small fee for the tutor.

Please pass this on to anyone who you think would enjoy a blabla!


I wonder if you have visited Anticafé Aix yet?  Founded two years ago, its principle is that customers pay per hour.

Your 5 euros per hour gets you as much coffee or tea as you like, plus there are breakfast cereals, bread to toast with jam, or later in the day crisps, vegetables, dips, nibbles. Do have a look at my explanatory post from its launch: https://aixcentric.com/2016/03/12/new-an-anticafe-in-aix/

Now it is widening its offer to include a ‘lunchbag’ of 100% pure vegan food, produced by local company Dissident.  For 12 euros, you get a fruit drink, a main dish and a dessert gourmand, either to eat at the café or to take to eat in the park….

#CONCOURS #FREEFOOD | Nous sommes une startup food healthy vegan dont la mission est de promouvoir une alimentation saine et révolutionnaire. Nos repas sont gourmands et équilibrés, à faible index glycémique et bourrés de micro-nutriments. Ils sont préparés le matin puis livrés dans nos points de vente partenaires à Aix et Marseille. ________________________ 💚Gagnez 2x2 repas #DissidentFood à retirer à Aix ou Marseille. ________________________ Comment participer ? 1️⃣ Follow @dissidentfood 2️⃣ Like la photo 3️⃣ Tag en commentaire au moins 3 amis qui aiment manger de la #vraienourriture ✔️1 tag par commentaire ✔️plus de tags, plus de chances de gagner 👫👭👫 ________________________ Fin du concours : Samedi 2 juin à 18h. Les gagnants seront tirés au sort Dimanche 3 juin à 20h. • • • • #aixmaville #marseille #lesdocksvillage #healthyfood #healthyvegan #faibleindexglycémique #vegan #marseillerebelle #plantbased #yogafood #fitfood #foodporn #crossfitters #foodforthesoul

At today’s tasting, Mathieu, Dissident’s young founder, explained that he was catering for the growing interest in vegan food, and that the Anticafé’s young clientele provides a perfect outlet.

I was very impressed with the puds which I just had to sample:  super lemon cheesecake, cookies made from dates and matcha powder, chocolate mousse….  Their website gives an idea of their menus: https://www.dissidentfood.fr/  Lunchbags can be ordered online, or bought at Anticafé which is at 27 rue Granet.

Open daily.  Weekdays 9-21:00; Sat and Sun 10-20:00.



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The town is at a perfect storm of roadworks right now, according to La Provence, (le chantier est a pleine puisssance) but they say that things should start to improve from here on. Continue Reading »

Opening on 2nd June, the Foundation Carmignac will display modern art in a vast (1500 sq m) gallery inside a Provencal villa on the beautiful island of Porquerolles.

Photo Lionel Barbe

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The sun is due to appear from tomorrow, with temperatures rising as the week progresses…so here’s a suggestion for an interesting outing, about an hour’s drive from Aix.  La Commanderie de Peyrassol is not only a successful Var vineyard producing 500,000 bottles of wine a year, but is a fast-growing contemporary sculpture park.

We visited in February which was a big mistake Continue Reading »

…and they both sound really good.  Starting with Marseille, the Musée Cantini is re-opening after some renovations.   Its first exhibition will feature works from Glasgow’s Burrell Collection, itself temporarily closed. As you will see on the poster, these include some big-hitting impressionists, among them a landscape by Cézanne. Apparently this is the first time these items have been lent outside the UK.

‘Courbet, Degas, Cézanne…Chefs d’Oeuvres de la Collection Burrell’ starts on 18th May and runs til 23rd September.

Over at Les Baux-de-Provence, another treat is being served up  in the shape of ‘Paul Signac, Lumiere du Midi’. 

Signac, a painter from the north, was drawn south once his friend and fellow-artist Seurat died.  Mooring up in Saint-Tropez during a storm, he established a base there and began painting ports and seascapes, often in watercolour.  This exhibition has 30 of these works, borrowed from private collections and museums across France.

It’s at the Musée Yves Brayer whose works are also exhibited.  Do make time to visit the Chapel des Penitents Blancs in the village. Brayer decorated it with frescos and it is quite special.

Begins on 19th May.  Details: https://www.yvesbrayer.com/fr/

Parking – you have to park outside the village and walk in.  When we visited last year, we were caught unawares as there were parking meters which needed 5 euros in change – which we didn’t have, between us…Take your money box!