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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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Unlike a trip to Les Goudes (see last post) which isn’t particularly child-friendly, some days you just want a bucket-and-spade day where little ones can scoot their scooters, pedal their trikes or ride along in prams. Suddenly the stunning Calanque d’En Vau doesn’t seem such a good idea…..

Les Lecques is on a sweeping (mainly) sandy bay with a wide esplanade, a little port and a footpath on the jetty leading out to sea.  It has cafés, ice-cream or waffle stalls, a very shady playground, shops selling flipflops, snorkels, lilos; and parallel to the esplanade is a main street with a Spar and very good boulangerie.  All set for a family day by the sea. (more…)

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Local museums with interesting locations can really benefit from their space, now that the warm weather is here and the days are long. (more…)

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A busy weekend coming up with –

An ultra-stylish décor exhibition

Open gardens across the south of France

and a Festival for Aix’s talented children.

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This coming weekend sees the evening when public museums across France are open until late, with special events and free entry. In Aix, it’s a lovely event with families thronging through the streets and music spilling out of all the venues. This link will take you to all the activities: https://www.aixenprovencetourism.com/en/fiche/29336 (more…)

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The works of Chagall are the inspiration for a series of workshops for children in the school holidays 9-24th Feb.

At the Hotel Caumont Centre d’Art; ages 6-11; 13€.

Details: https://www.caumont-centredart.com/fr/visite-atelier-autour-lexposition-chagall

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Meanwhile there is a new series of Saturday workshops over at Chateau Lacoste in what looks like an interesting programme.  25€ for child and parent:  https://www.billetweb.fr/ateliers-arts-archi

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Eating out with baby

We recently had a visit from Une Fille Aixcentric with two little ones, a toddler and a baby in a buggy.  Prams these days seem to be bulkier than they used to be and I suddenly realised that lunch in my favourite haunts would be challenging.  Cafes in town of course squish as many tables and chairs as they can into their small spaces, and les toilettes are very small, often down spiral staircases or tucked away through the back. Where could 4 adults and two little ones have lunch without re-arranging all the furniture?  And does any café in centre ville offer a children’s menu?

We ended up in a boulangerie at the far end of Les Allées Provencales, Chez Augustine, which had lots of space so we could all sit around a table – large ground-floor loo too.  Counters with drinks, sandwiches, filled baguettes, slices of tart and pizza, cakes but also little pots of yoghurt and fresh fruit. That did the trick. There’s also the Maison Cangina at the top of the cours Mirabeau which has a space and a similar range of snacks, hot soup too.  Neither fulfilled my need of a children’s menu though.

Days later, I was passing La Table aux Saisons and bingo!  A proper children’s menu, with a freshly cooked meal.  I should have thought of this one as the couple who run it are young parents and obviously know the value of home-cooking.  This restaurant is in rue Lieutaud and has reliably good food. Last time I was there, they had a little desk for drawing and colouring too. 

Do send in any suggestions – I can make a permanent page for parents looking for a suitable place for lunch for their little ones.

 

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