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The parade will take place in the cours Mirabeau at 14:30 ie. no activity in the morning.

The meteo forecast for tomorrow (Dec 16th) is rain, but I can’t find any indication of cancellation.  It’s a ceremony dating back to 1256 which celebrates the longest night of the year, as well as Provencal life.  Info:  http://www.aixenprovence.fr/Bravade-calendale-6492  Let’s hope for a dry afternoon to enjoy it!

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Don’t forget the lovely Swedish celebration of  Santa Lucia tonight, 13th Dec, at the Cathedral –  Young Scandinavians process down the darkened aisle creating pools of flickering light with their candles.  Unmissable! 18:00hrs.  Afterwards, spiced wine is served at the Mairie.

Tomorrow sees nationally-renowned Aix pottery Atelier Buffile open a show of their work together with Poteries de Sejnane from Tunisia.  This is a group of 100 potteries, mainly Berber women who have been making kitchen pots and decorative items for generations.  Vincent Buffile went to work with them.  Both his work, their work, and collaborative projects will be on show.  The expo is at the beautiful medieval Cave aux Huiles, another reason to visit!Fri 14-18:00hrs, Sat and Sun 10-18:00hrs.  It is featured in the current issue of Coté Sud – read here: cs-12-2018

And finally there’s the Bravade Calendale on Sunday 16th: This is a Provencal traditional offering ‘la pompe de Noel’ (festive bread) to the town authorities.  Lots of traditional music, Provencal dancers and for some reason Italian flag-throwers. General Instagrammable melée. 11:00 in the cours Mirabeau; 14.30 at Mairie followed by procession through centre ville.

 

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Aix – Another Closure

This time, in the cours Mirabeau:

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Aix – Women’s Networking

There’s an event being held next week in Aix to bring together women from across the area who want to promote their activities, whether they have a business or a club or a blog. (more…)

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Two local French-teachers who run Destination Francais are once again offering a special pre-Christmas session where you can practise your French, discover Christmas traditions in Provence, taste some Christmas desserts and sing Christmas songs.

When: Thursday 13 December, From 9.30 to 11.30 AM

Includes :

tasting a variety of Christmas desserts,

a hot drink,

a booklet about Christmas traditions

written in French and English as well as a song book.

This workshop is in French and English

Minimum number of participants : 4/ Maximum number of participants : 12

Place : au restaurant le Jardin d’Amalula,  7 Rue Mignet, Aix en Provence

Subscription : destination.francais@ymail.com

Price : 30 euros. Payment is to be made before the workshop via French cheques or cash

Possibility to plan extra dates for groups on request.

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This Weekend in Aix

Aix centre ville, last Saturday, was as busy as I have ever seen it.  The markets and carousels are in full swing, and the

Customer service – love the way they always provide seats for shopped-out parents at the carousels!

new pedestrian access to the Rotonde is a delight, after months of disruption.

Here’s an update/reminder on what to expect this weekend:

  • The International Twin Towns market starts tomorrow at 10.
  • The Christmas market, santons fair, chalet of santons, and children’s carousels are all in business
  • The town Christmas tree is up in the Place des Precheurs
  • The International carol service at the Cathedral 16:00 Sunday
  • Sunday is also ‘free museums’ day….the new expo at the Granet for instance is free.

If your thoughts have turned to festive food, Picard’s Christmas dessert this year is, as usual, rather wonderful. They have some imaginative aperitifs too, and I was very taken by their ‘Sapins de pomme de terre’.

Just a word on gifts.  There  have been two new publications this year by local writers which would make welcome presents for people who love Provence.

You can read about ‘Surviving Provence’ and its author Barbara Farber here, https://www.languedocsun.com/magazine/articles/109-meet-the-author-barbara-farber, (thanks to Jules for this) and ‘Passion for Provence’ and its author Gayle Padgett here, https://www.languedocsun.com/magazine/articles/108-meet-the-author-gayle-smith-Padgett.  Articles contain details of how to buy both books – but both are stocked at Book-in-Bar.

Just a note on the Languedoc Sun – it has just ceased publication after 12 years.  Information will now be on a facebook page.  That’s a shame as it always had interesting articles – download the last issue here: LeSUN_N69_Autumn_2018

Enjoy your weekend in Aix!

 

 

 

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All of a sudden it seems that Christmas is upon us and Aix really celebrates Christmas in style.

Here are the main festive markets (more…)

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