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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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Ice-Skating in Aix!



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I know it’s only October but this is an important date for the diary for all those who pack Aix’s ancient cathedral for the annual carol concert.

It will take place at 16:00hrs on Sunday 2nd December. As regular attendees know, you really do have to be there by 15:30 to get a seat.  It is justifiably very popular and a great start to Christmas.

Afterwards, what nicer than a hot spiced wine down at the Christmas market on the cours Mirabeau?

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Last call…for people wanting a ride on the ‘navettes martimes’ the boats that go from Marseille’s Vieux Port down to Pointe Rouge or westwards to L’Estaque. The service ends Sunday (30th) and resumes in the spring.

Sunday is a good day for a visit to Marseille as (more…)

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A very participative event will be taking place in Aix on Sunday, based on the forthcoming opera ‘Orfeo & Majnun’.  I learn that this is a mix of two legends, the western Orpheus and Eurydice, and the eastern Layla and Majnun.  There will be a free performance of the opera on the 8th July at 22:00hrs.

But first, on Sunday 24th, we are invited to make fantastic animals at workshops (from 15:30), then parade them down the cours Mirabeau (from 19:00)!

All part of the Festival Aix-en-Provence’s community reach.  Details are here: Depliant Orfeo.BD

The next post will give you a super suggestion for brunch beforehand…..

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Events are happening across the region as villages celebrate the spring.

Rognes is having a Fete des Vins, their 34th.  I hope the weather is kinder to them than for their ‘Fete de la Chevre’ last month. It’s such a nice Provencal village and they put a lot into making these events fun for all the family. Sunday 20th May.


Trets will be having the South Vintage Festival, a fairly recent event, at the Domaine du Moulin de l’Arc. Lots of American cars, vintage deco, DJs, rock ‘n roll.  70 exhibitors, 8 concerts. 19-21st May. http://www.southvintagefestival.com/

Back to more traditional pursuits, Banon is celebrating its famous cheese on Sunday.  It is quite a drive from Aix but it is a lovely village in beautiful rolling countryside.  Their Fete du Fromage this year has the Jura as the invitee d’honneur. 

While there, you could also visit Le Bleuet which is an extraordinarily large bookshop for such a small village – Tripadvisor says it’s the #1 attraction out of 1 attractions in Banon!  It’s had a bumpy time, closing down occasionally, but I read it IS open and will be open on Sunday. It will also be organising a event to mark 50 years since the events of May 1968. Saturday 26th May. http://www.lebleuet.fr/



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