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‘Les Pieces Jaunes’ , the annual collection of all those pesky heavy centimes is taking place across France right now, an initiative from Bernadette Chirac who has been championing it since 1989.  It has funded 15,000 projects to help children and adolescents in hospital, aiming to make their time there less stressful.  Specifically, it has created 2824 bedrooms for visiting parents and 60 houses for family-use.

This year, the charity has been transitioned to the care of Brigitte Macron and Didier Deschamps who will continue this valuable work.

The problem for the Aixcentric household was that we had accumulated such a big pot of centimes that it would have overwhelmed the little collecting boxes that you will see dotted around town in shops and post offices.  Que faire??

So this week I threw myself on the mercy of people at the info-desk at Carrefour who have a large floor-standing collection box but with a very narrow slot.  They gamely took on the challenge of posting them for me and for that I am truly grateful.   Chapeau to Carrefour!

 

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The not-to-be-missed traditional Marche des Rois takes place on Sunday 12th January. It’s very well-known locally but if you are new to Aix, do make sure you get into town for this special event.

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The procession, headed by the three kings with their camels, makes its way through town and is followed by all  manner of animals and locals dressed as Provencal characters.  It’s always fun, and Aix is usually lucky to have three camels as they are much in demand across the region on this weekend! (more…)

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Celebrating 25 years of raising money for charity, La Maison de l’Artisanat are holding their annual art sale – each picture is 20×20 cm, is framed and costs 120 euros.

Profits from the sale of 11 paintings by each of 131 artists go to improving the conditions for children with cancer at Marseille’s La Timone hospital. (Specifically, it’s 40€ from each 120€).

The sale is running until 24th  November at the Maison de l’Artisanat, 21 cours d’Estienne d’Orves, Marseille (a great building, steps away from the Vieux Port).  Details on the poster below and here: https://www.maisondelartisanat.org/expo-en-cours.htm

 

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Tomorrow in Marseille

When La Canebiere, traditionally Marseille’s main commercial artery, faced competition from newer, glossier, retail outlets, the local Mairie decided to fight back.

‘Les Dimanches de la Canebiere’ see the road closed to traffic on the last Sunday of each month, and opened to all manner of activity – street performances, dance, music, bands, children’s games, street food and market-stalls.  Since it started, it’s grown in popularity, and should be even better now that the bottom end of the Canebiere is properly pedestrianised.

Tomorrow, 27th October, the theme is positive ecology and there will be stalls dedicated to recycling and nature; you will also be able to see a model of ‘Pelerin’ a new boat which scoops plastic out of the sea.  Clocks change of course so you have an extra hour to enjoy the event.  More here: https://quefaireenfamille.com/dimanches-de-canebiere/

Tips:  We have always parked without problem under MuCEM, usually quiet on Sundays.  Also if you want to sit down for a snack, there’s Green Bear Coffee, 123 Canebiere;  good menu for vegetarians and nice loos!

 

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Another opportunity for boating is at the Lac de Quinson which is on the border of the Var and the Alpes de Haute Provence.  It’s all part of the waterway which runs from Sainte-Croix to Gréoux-les-Bains.

It’s very beautiful and we saw heron, dragonflies, lots of fish and ducks.  We hired an electric boat but there are pedalos and canoes which are cheaper.  You are given a map showing various features to look out for and timings are indicated on it.  For instance,IMG_1071

you should allow 3:30 hrs in an electric boat to get to and from the village of Esparron.   We just did a 1:30 trip which seemed perfect.

Le fils Aixcentric who does this sort of thing often thinks this is a better bet than Sainte-Croix as it gets so busy in the summer; though this company is very popular during the school holidays too.

There is a picnic park at the departure point and a buvette.  Apparently they sell honey or lavender ice-cream but it was shut when we were there…best take a picnic.

Details:  Location-Nautic, Montmeyan Plage, 83670 Montmeyan; tel: 04 92 74 40 76.  https://www.location-bateaux-verdon.com/fr/autour-du-verdon/le-lac-de-quinson-pedalo-canoe-bateau-electrique-et-activites-ludiques

Life-jackets provided.  They are operating, apparently, until Nov but check before travelling there.

 

 

 

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Just a reminder that the public museums are free-entry tomorrow (a chance to see three Cézanne Sainte-Victoires in town together at the Granet before the expo ends 29th September.)

It’s also the monthly book-market in the Place de l’Hotel de Ville, as well as the annual Blessing of the Calissons – see poster and link for details:  http://www.benediction-calisson.com/benediction-24.html

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Both PARADES in the cours Mirabeau, which opens the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Parade Pique-Nique, part of MPG2019, are all booked out, (June 30th), but it’s always nice to wander in town around these events.

It’s very much the beginning of a packed summer of events in town, and also throughout the region, so what you need is a copy of ‘Le Guide de l’Eté’ published by La Provence. (more…)

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