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New Look for Aix Buses….

The new Metropole has inherited 15 different transport networks and has decided to combine them all under one new brand identity.  And yes it will affect our buses here in Aix. So this is what we need to get used to seeing… Continue Reading »

Now with a new leader, Martine Vassel, the Metropole Aix-Marseille-Provence seems to be branding itself far and wide.  The logo though has always puzzled me, which really isn’t what logos are supposed to do!

What on earth does it mean and why has Aix got a hole in its X? Continue Reading »

Visiting Porquerolles

Porquerolles is the largest of the 3 Iles d’Or (Islands of Gold), easily accessible from the coast. We did the short (20 min) crossing from La Tour Fondu, near Hyeres, roughly a 90 minute drive from Aix, depending on traffic.

Plage Notre-Dame, one of Europe’s top beaches

I hadn’t visited Porquerolles for many years and was surprised at the changes to the sleepy place I remember.  Continue Reading »

This brand new art centre at Porquerolles is simply stunning and I heartily recommend a visit.  But time is of the essence….

  • It closes for the winter on November 4th, not reopening until April
  • The fascinating temporary exhibition, which fills most of the gallery, will go back to the Fondation Carmignac in Paris in November.

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We don’t really need an excuse to visit Cassis at this time of year, especially with the weather so amazing, but this weekend, 21-23 September, has an extra temptation in the shape of their gastronomic festival – Les Vendanges Etoilées. Continue Reading »

So here it is, the new Aixpress bus.

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A little more on the swimming situation. 

  • The pool in Les Milles is also closed until Monday 17th Sept. Thanks to Michelle for this update.
  • There is a dedicated app, Piscines Pays d’Aix (mamp) which is kept updated with closures and maintenance news.  Just downloaded that and hopefully that will help in future!  Thanks Marianna.
  • From the app I have learned more on why there has been an unexpected six-month delay in opening for the Piscine Yves Blanc.  Firstly they say they have had weather-related problems; and secondly they are looking for a new solution for a moveable dividing wall that will allow the 50m Olympic-sized pool to be morphed into two 25m pools, and back.

Here is the link for the app: http://www.agglo-paysdaix.fr/sports/piscines/appli-piscines.html