Three artists will come together the 9-10-11 December in Robion, Vaucluse for an exhibition of Gold Leaf, Painting and Sculpture at the « Galerie 109 » . There will be an opening party on December 9 at 6:00 pm. This is a new space dedicated to showing the works of Sabine Badinier the owner of the gallery but also to showing other artists and craftsmen.

Lynn Rousseau an American has been living and painting around Provence and other parts of France for the last 20 years. Her work is expressionist veering towards the abstract. She is at her best working , “sur le motif. She will be presenting  some of her latest works.

Sabine Badinier naturally became a sculptor after studying interior architecture and following a formation in ceramic. For the last 50 years she has been travelling and collaborating with other artists and today has opened her own , “Galerie 109 “in Robion, France, an exposition space for herself and others.

The third part of the trio; Aurelie and Maël Le Guennec work with wood covered in gold leaf specializing in mirrors of large sizes.  They have worked in a number of well known ateliers in Paris. They have had a workshop in L’isle- sur- la Sorgue for the past 12 years and work in direct collaboration with antique dealers and  private owners all over the world.

are taking place at venues across the Bouches-du-Rhone during December.. Continue Reading »


Istanbul is a fantastic city: now you can fly direct.  Marseille Provence airport is offering 3 flights a day with Turkish Airlines and Pegasus.  Flight time: 3hrs 15.









At the Cinema: Le Menu

‘The Menu – Ralph Fiennes celeb-chef horror comedy cooks up nasty surprise’ was the Guardian headline for their review of this film which opens in Aix tomorrow.

Indeed the first half shows Ralph Fiennes on intimidating form as the star chef welcoming his guests fresh off the boat from the mainland, greedily anticipating their seven-course meal.  Continue Reading »

Aix: Markets Open Longer

Where will the textile market be held when the Christmas chalets open?

For the pre-Christmas period the textile and brocante markets at the Rotonde,  avenue Giuseppe Verdi, esplanade Cézanne, square du Colonel Antoine Mattei and place Jeanne d’Arc will be open until 19:00hrs on these Saturdays:  26 nov, 10 and 17 déc.

I can hardly believe the brightly-lit kids’ Christmas carousels are already swishing youngsters round and round at the bottom of the cours Mirabeau, but here we are.  Your Christmas dates:

Now – Jan 2 Les Maneges de Noel – Carousels

Now – Dec 31 Marché de Noel – Main Christmas Market in Cours Mirabeau

Now  – Jan 2 Foire aux Santons, by La Rotonde

Nov 30 – Dec 4 Marché International des Villes Jumelles: Brits should get to the stall from Bath pronto to bag themselves mince pies and crackers. Outside Tourist Office

Dec 3 – Dec 24 Giant Christmas Tree and Dec 1 – Dec 18 Santa’s Letter Box, Place des Precheurs. Tree inauguration and photos with Pere Noel Dec 2 18:00hrs

December:  Nativity scene made with santons, outside Monop’

Dec 10-11 La Fete d’Huile d’Olive, outside Tourist Office

Dec 17 – 24 Le Marché des13 Desserts, outside Tourist Office

Website with more events:


This is late – apologies –  I have been trying to get dates for this fun event for some time.

It’s the 13th annual ‘Village Italien’, held each November in Cassis. There’s an Italian market with lots of lovely food, wine, clothes, leather goods etc. Twenty stalls in all in the Place Baragnon.

And, like every year, there will be a parade of historic vehicles, Vespas and Fiat 500s, which will also be displayed on the esplanade Charles de Gaulle and la promenade Aristide Briand.

There’s also a show of photography and children’s activities.

Details : service communication Ville de Cassis au 04 42 18 36 16).


Following on from the post about the Bach concerts this weekend, Saturday 13 at 18h00 in the Temple Grignan in Marseille and Sunday 14 at the Eglise St Jean de Malte at 16h00, I received some background info from Bach-lover Bob W.

“The significance of these concerts is that they mark a revival and renewal of the Academie. Its founding artistic director Ulrich Studer stepped down at the end of 2021 after ten years of inspired leadership.

He then passed his bâton to a talented organist, singer and conductor, Benoit Dumon. The latter is the organist and director of music for the Cathedral of Gap. He founded the Ensemble d’Albizzia in Cassis and in 2018 became the artistic director of the Rencontres Musicales in that town. So with M Dumon’s arrival in Aix, the appréciation for the music of Bach will have the chance to spread into the Alps as well as along the coast.”  Thanks to Bob for that behind-the-scenes update.

I would also add that the church Saint-Jean-de-Malte, the first Gothic church in Provence (1251), is just the most lovely place to sit and listen to music.


There’s a new way of visiting WWI sites, just recently completed: battle sites are now linked by two 1000km trails, one for hikers and one for cyclists. They follow the line of No-Man’s Land along the Western Front. The route is the biggest single commemorative project underway on the globe.

Their inspiration: 1915. 2nd Lieutenant Alexander Douglas Gillespie of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders writes home from the front line to tell of his vision of ‘a via sacra’ (a sacred road) before being killed in action; “when peace comes, our government might combine with the French government to make one long avenue between the lines from the Vosges to the sea….I would make a fine broad road in the ‘No-Mans Land’ between the lines, with paths for pilgrims on foot and plant trees for shade and fruit trees, so that the soil should not altogether be waste. Then I would like to send every man, woman and child in Western Europe on a pilgrimage along that Via Sacra so that they might think and learn what war means from the silent witnesses on either side.”

Last year, historian Sir Anthony Seldon completed the walk in 40 days. ‘This walk’, he wrote, ‘has changed my life, and I imagine it will for others who walk any of it’. He feels it is the northern equivalent of the Camino de Santiago, and possibly more accessible.   His article is here: Sir Anthony Seldon

The logo (below) comprises a poppy, a cornflower, a forget-me-not and a daisy, all flowers of remembrance – it’s on signs which mark the way along the trails.

The website has details and maps from the Swiss start-point, across France and into Belgium.  App under development: https://thewesternfrontway.com/ Thanks to Carol for the article.


British author Anna Hope (‘Wake’, ‘The Ballroom’) will be in Aix later this month to present her latest work, ‘The White Rock’.  Continue Reading »