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Only just received this – late notice I know, but it looks wonderful! 

 

Details: http://www.pontdugard.fr/fr/evenement/envolee-celeste?utm_source=Abonn%C3%A9s+Newsletter&utm_campaign=44615c7c17-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_10_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_20423ddae2-44615c7c17-55902981

 

 

 

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Tour de France 2018

The race will take place 7 – 29th July and the route has just been announced: (more…)

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‘Quel Amour’ is the theme for a major cultural festival opening in Marseille on Valentine’s Day, 14th Feb 2018.

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Aix – Annual Vide Grenier

The large annual vide grenier is back to being held in the Cours Sextius again – it takes place all day Sunday 15th October.

Great fun if you like rooting for bargains! 

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the sculptures on show around the port at Saint-Tropez – it seems that other communities are promoting open-air exhibits to delight visitors – and prolong the tourist season.

Lovely Mougins is one such community. Their ‘Monumental’ exhibition which I have only just come across runs until Sunday 15th October – so this would be a brilliant time to visit this ancient village.  It’s the 3rd such exhibition they have had, and the sculptures are dotted through the tiny ‘places’ and passageways.

I will look out for this next year and post it more promptly!

If you do go to Mougins, don’t forget to visit the wonderful Musee d’Art Classique Mougins, posted here: https://aixcentric.com/2016/11/12/an-unmissable-new-museum-in-mougins/

It was opened by Christian Levett, a British businessman fascinated by Classical Art, and it now has over 700 artworks.

All sorts of Egyptian, Greek and Roman pieces are displayed next to, and in dialogue with, some one hundred drawings, paintings and sculptures by Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Henri Matisse and Picasso.  It really is different and I thoroughly recommend a visit!

This weekend also provides the last chance to see ‘Sisley the Impressionist’ at the Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix.

Their next exhibition is ‘Botero: Dialogue with Picasso’ which begins on 24th November.

They say, ” 80 masterpieces of Botero and Picasso! The exhibition will present the Columbian master’s rich oeuvre from a unique perspective, through the prism of his artistic and cultural affinities with Pablo Picasso. Botero’s imaginary dialogue with the great master of modern painting draws its inspiration from shared roots and pays an eloquent tribute to Picasso”. 

Here is a taste of Botero’s work:

 

 

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This weekend, 14th and 15th October, the Musée Provençal des Transports Gare de la Barque at Fuveau is holding their 12th Steam Engine festival.

There will be vintage cars, old engines, rides, and the opportunity to travel on the Petit Train de Sainte Victoire (clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iuwGbjT4Ho)

Price:  5€ individual/10€ for a family ticket for 2 adults + 2 children/ free for the under 5s. 

Details : 06 10 39 24 22 – http://www.cppva.com/ 

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Next weekend (7th-8th October) sees the annual Fete de la Courge in Rians in the Var, and it is one of my favourite village festivals: mainly as it is so very un-English. (more…)

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