The parade will take place in the cours Mirabeau at 14:30 ie. no activity in the morning.

The meteo forecast for tomorrow (Dec 16th) is rain, but I can’t find any indication of cancellation.  It’s a ceremony dating back to 1256 which celebrates the longest night of the year, as well as Provencal life.  Info:  http://www.aixenprovence.fr/Bravade-calendale-6492  Let’s hope for a dry afternoon to enjoy it!

Who Shot the TGV?

That’s the question for the investigators following an incident near Avignon.  A bullet went clean through Continue Reading »

French yoghurt cake is a great invention – I got the recipe from le petit-fils Aixcentric who made it at maternelle.  I thought if a 4-year old could master it, then so could I.  (https://aixcentric.com/2015/04/28/childs-play-french-yoghurt-cake/)

Now Kristin Espinasse, who has the terrific French-language blog French Word a Day, has written about a savoury version, cake saléContinue Reading »

Let’s start with the Galerie Maison Dauphine in the Quartier Mazarin.  They are currently showing, amongst other exhibits, quirky pottery from Cécile Colombo – here’s what’s in the window.  This is an interesting gallery which also has 3 super-stylish little apartments to rent.  Friends stayed and recommended it! Details : www.galerie-maisondauphine.com


I recently visited Galerie A: Miriam Hartmann has ceramics by Cyrielle Pardigon for sale, starting at 16 euros. Popular….Miriam is currently restocking. Gallery details here: https://aixcentric.com/2018/12/08/galerie-a-tucked-away-in-aix/


Just outside Aix, this weekend sees a Winter Open Studio by Matilda Parker – details below.  (Thanks to Jules for sending this to Aixcentric).


Aix – This Weekend

Don’t forget the lovely Swedish celebration of  Santa Lucia tonight, 13th Dec, at the Cathedral –  Young Scandinavians process down the darkened aisle creating pools of flickering light with their candles.  Unmissable! 18:00hrs.  Afterwards, spiced wine is served at the Mairie.

Tomorrow sees nationally-renowned Aix pottery Atelier Buffile open a show of their work together with Poteries de Sejnane from Tunisia.  This is a group of 100 potteries, mainly Berber women who have been making kitchen pots and decorative items for generations.  Vincent Buffile went to work with them.  Both his work, their work, and collaborative projects will be on show.  The expo is at the beautiful medieval Cave aux Huiles, another reason to visit!Fri 14-18:00hrs, Sat and Sun 10-18:00hrs.  It is featured in the current issue of Coté Sud – read here: cs-12-2018

And finally there’s the Bravade Calendale on Sunday 16th: This is a Provencal traditional offering ‘la pompe de Noel’ (festive bread) to the town authorities.  Lots of traditional music, Provencal dancers and for some reason Italian flag-throwers. General Instagrammable melée. 11:00 in the cours Mirabeau; 14.30 at Mairie followed by procession through centre ville.


Everyone I have spoken to has been saddened by the announced closure of the Librarie de Provence.  Now there is an online petition to show local support.  They aim to get 5000 signatures and were well over 2500 when I checked this morning.  Continue Reading »

After a couple of gloomy posts about things closing, it’s good to be able to welcome a new enterprise: BRUT, is a spacious restaurant which opened in the place des Tanneurs last month to offer an interesting menu ofassiettes‘ for diners to combine and enjoy. Continue Reading »