And here is another good reason to visit Toulon!

A reconstruction of L’Hermione, the ship in which the Marquis de la Lafayette crossed the Atlantic to support Americans fighting for independence, will be in port from 5-8th April.

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First up is the wine and gastronomy festival, Bacchus, which has been running now for 20 years. For three days, 23, 24 and 25 March, the town centre will be filled with stalls, street entertainment and music.  Visitors can taste local Provencal wines of course but also those from other regions of France and Italy. Continue Reading »

Information follows on a march in solidarity with US high school students, to be held in Aix on March 24th

Meeting point – the Rotonde

The March For Our Lives movement has been created, inspired, and led by high school students across the USA who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings such as the one in Parkland, Florida.
On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.
We will be marching in Aix in solidarity with over 600 marches
organized across the world!
AT 2:00 PM

Having just returned to Aix after some weeks away, my second shock (after seeing the excavations being filled in – inevitable I know) was to see the gaps in the Cours Mirabeau where plane trees had been.  I had read about the ‘chancre coloré’ that had infested these magnificent trees, and had read that some were to be felled, but it hadn’t prepared me for the change in store…. Continue Reading »

Time really is of the essence if you haven’t seen the remarkable archaeological dig in the Place des Precheurs.  Vestiges of walls, old stairs and caves, all part of the complex of the ancient palace, a Roman tower and nearby dwellings, have been uncovered.

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Aix Cinema News

How lucky we are in Aix to have such excellent cinemas. Here’s just some of the latest news: Continue Reading »

Starting this weekend, a 12-week festival of gardening at Aix’s Bibliotheque Méjanes.  Lots of activity for keen gardeners and for young families creating something new.  ‘Jardins en Revolution’ brings together workshops, conferences, demos and music, with a decided emphasis on sustainability and eco-culture.

‘Lorsque l’on plante une fleur ou un arbre dans un jardin, on dit souvent qu’il y a une partie de nous-même qui reste à cet endroit.’

Here is the full 16 page programme: PROGRAMME-JARDINS-web – thank you to Caroline for this info for Aixcentric.  I look forward to visiting the event when it opens.