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All of a sudden it seems that Christmas is upon us and Aix really celebrates Christmas in style.

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Pizzeria La Bonne Mere – one of the star chef’s favourites!

Today’s Guardian has a stimulating interview with local Michelin 3-star chef, Gerard Passedat, (Le Petit Nice, MuCEM, Chateau Lacoste….), asking him for his top ten tips for visitors to the city.

So where does he like to hang out in Marseille?  Continue Reading »

It’s his final tour, which will take in over 300 venues in 5 continents.  The concert in Nimes will take place on 23rd June.

I would imagine that, given the venue with 2000 years of history, and Elton with 50 years of performances, it should be quite an evening.

Details and tickets here: https://www.festivaldenimes.com/elton-john/

The British Embassy in Paris will be holding an event in Aix-en-Provence on 15 November for British nationals in the area to update them on Brexit negotiations with regards to citizens’ rights and to answer questions. Continue Reading »

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What terrible news to hear of the collapse of two tenement buildings in the heart of the atmospheric Noailles market, teeming with life and colour.

The BBC website has a very informative illustrated round-up on this, which may be of  interest?  It includes maps, photos, interviews with various politicians and questions the current spending on new buildings and tourist attractions.

Info here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46138161

The bells at the cathedral in Aix rang out at 3pm, 100 years ago today, after 1561 days of silence, to mark the end of the fighting.  And by 6pm, the crowds were at the Rotonde to celebrate.

Of the 3000 men mobilised from Aix, 720 were dead, 190 disappeared and 500 left disabled. The story didn’t even end here for those left in the north of France. Despite having been away for four long years, the local regiment was involved in occupation and didn’t arrive back in town until 2nd September 1919.  What a homecoming that must have been.

But when I was writing my book (Aix-en-Provence: The Inside Story) and researching the chapter on the effect of World War 1 on Aix, itIMG_7013 seemed that there was some sort of controversy surrounding the troops from Provence but I couldn’t find details.

Then came ‘La Faute au Midi’, a new book and exhibition, which told it all and it was truly an appalling story.

Here is my post from 2014:

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…. first, Happy Today which is 8 11 18, unusual in that it reads forwards, backwards and UPSIDE DOWN as well.  How cool is that?

And talking of cool, we can be heading north to Scandinavia from the end of June, Continue Reading »