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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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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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