Here’s an unmissable show for all lovers of Provencal art – the Musée Regards de Provence is celebrating the 25 years of its foundation with  « La Collection – ses 25 ans »

It brings together 40 works, painted locally, during the 19th and 20th centuries.

These were created in Marseille, along the coast (Martigues to Agay) and inland in the Provencal countryside.

Styles vary from landscape artists to coloristes, impressionnists, fauves et expressionnists. But all are intent on capturing the beauty of this beguiling region.  Here are some of them…


Paul GUIGOU (1833-1871), Paysans devant la Sainte Victoire, 1867, Huile sur toile 55 x 80 cm

Emile Othon FRIESZ (1879-1949), La calanque des Figuerolles à La Ciotat, 1907, Huile sur toile 75 x 100 cm, @Adagp, Paris 2023

René SEYSSAUD (1867-1952), Etang de Berre, 1916, Huile sur toile 60 x 130 cm

André LHOTE (1885-1962), Paysage fauve à l’Estaque, 1909, Huile sur toile 80 x 64 cm, @Adagp, Paris 2023

Just 36 more to go!

The Musée Regards de Provence is wonderfully situated across from MuCEM with great views of the ferries setting off for Algeria: make sure you have time for a coffee or meal in the roof-top café and restaurant. Details: https://www.museeregardsdeprovence.com/en/

We have until 31st March 2024 to enjoy this exhibition.


C’est Sud is a  free festival in the streets of Aix featuring lots of activities for children.  Aix turns into a giant open-air stage. Around 25 different shows will be performed at the cours Mirabeau, the Cité du Livre and across the city’s squares.

It’s in its 21st year and is  always fun for the family.  On Saturday for instance just in the cours Mirabeau:

14:00 Giant fresco for communal colouring

15:30 Hip hop dancing

16:30 Music

18:30 Acrobatics

Lots elsewhere!

The dates on the poster are for the whole commune. It’s Saturday and Sunday, 27 and 28 May for centre ville.  Details: https://www.aixenprovence.fr/C-est-Sud-c-est-partihttps://www.aixenprovence.fr/C-est-Sud-c-est-parti

Another photo expo, this time nearer home, and what a treat. Continue Reading »

…of George VI, that is, the new king’s grandpapa. The young photographer was sent to London by ‘Ce Soir’ and decided to take a very different perspective. Continue Reading »

Here’s news of an exhibition that looks fascinating: ‘Baya, une héroïne algérienne de l’Art moderne’. 

Baya is the pseudonyme of Fatma Haddad (Bordj el Kiffan, 1931 – Blida, 1998). This is a  retrospective with over 100 works, paintings, drawings and ceramics – which have been chosen to introduce her work to a wider public.

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The weekend of 15-17 June is worth noting now especially if you have summer visitors to entertain. The 3rd MPG Street Food Festival will take place on the large open area between the Cathedral de la Major and the sea.

What a venue! Last year, 25,000 people attended over three days.

There will be 35 stands serving food ‘aux saveurs méditerranéennes’ with beer from local brasseries and Provencal wines. For full details of all participants, click the link below.

Music is on the menu too with DJs and bands to make us all dance and ‘groover’ under the stars. 17-01:00hrs

📅 15 – 17 June 2023
📍 Esplanade Jean Paul II – 13002 Marseille
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There will be a major airshow at the weekend to celebrate 70 years of the famous French air-display team, La Patrouille de France. Continue Reading »

Responding to an SOS for Marmite for le fils Aixcentric on my visit last week, I searched in vain for little pots which would pass security as I was travelling hand luggage only.  The smallest local supermarkets had were 125ml jars, over the 100ml limit. Continue Reading »

Last week, the Musée Granet announced that they had welcomed the 100,000th person to the David Hockney exhibition, making it the most successful winter show they have had. Continue Reading »

With petits-enfants to cater for, I was so pleased to visit the family-friendly Italian Trattoria which replaced Quick in Aix centre-ville. I just remember searching for this very type of place with two increasingly-hungry little girls – we ended up with a ‘Pizza Capri’ while sitting on a bench. Not that that’s a bad thing with so much to see in the Cours Mirabeau, pigeons notwithstanding, but sometimes you want a bit more! Continue Reading »