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A quick note on the Ronde d’Aix, an event that will delight cycling fans but could frustrate anyone planning to drive in centre-ville tomorrow, 31st July.

 

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There are lots of events, including open-air cinema at Mont Faron (3 August The Lion King and 10 August Star Wars), and the 20th Nuit des Pecheurs, a tasting of grilled fish and local food, with music for a party atmosphere by the sea (7 August).

But two stand-out events are: (more…)

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‘Lee Miller Photographe Professionelle’  focuses on one of the most intense and productive periods in the life of this intriguing (*) American photographer (1907–1977).

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That’s the offer from Tasha Powell and Barbara Pitcher, two creative north Americans who spend much of their time in Provence. Tasha works as a food stylist with celebrity chefs, cooking and styling for cookbook authors.  Food styling for TV and feature films is a major part of her work. She completed her Cordon Bleu program at a Michelin starred restaurant in the Luberon.  Barbara Pitcher is a well-recognized Canadian-Italian artist presently living in Provence, France, where her husband’s work drew her family eight years ago.  You have perhaps seen one of her exhibitions in the area? She started out in the fashion business, followed by a 25 year career in event planning worldwide.
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The pair have found a beautiful riad as the base for the holiday which focuses on cooking, yoga, eating and enjoying the cultural opportunities in Marrakech including the Yves Saint-Laurent museum and the Jardin Majorelle.

What’s included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 healthy dinners at the riad including wine pairing and 3 lunches at the riad
  • 3 cooking workshops featuring Moroccan specialities:  tagines, pastille, salads
  • 7 yoga sessions (the last evening session will be a sound bath with Tibetan bowls)
  • Excursion to the Atlas Mountains in 4×4, lunch in a Berber guesthouse
  • Excursion to Jardin Majorelle and the YSL Museum
  • Spice Market tour; Souk & Medina tour
  • One dinner off-site with entertainment
  • Tax, transfers, tips
  • Transfers to and from the airport.

Dates: October 11-17th. Similar trips are planned for 2023, for Marrakech and Sicily.

Further information is available on their website above.  Note that flights aren’t included.

Marrakech is a stimulating, unforgettable destination.  This provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy it in the company of like-minded spirits.

 

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Next week, the fabulous Cirque de Soleil rolls into town, Aix’s Arena in fact, with its latest show ‘Corteo’.

Over 9 million spectators in 19 countries have seen their performances which are superb.  They encourage us to: ‘enter an enchanted world of illusions and beauty, and human beings who perform the feats of superheroes but in real life right in front of you. The show is fun and exciting, always engaging and frequently wondrous’.

Details: 27-31July; tickets from 51.40 euros. https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/france/aix-en-provence/corteo/buy-tickets

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is coming soon to the place Villon at the Allees Provencales. (more…)

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The annual international Christmas carols service will be held at 15:30 on 5th December at Aix’s ancient cathedral which is always packed for the occasion.  Go early to get a seat and this year you will need a pass sanitaire and mask.  Thanks to Kirk for the reminder and poster. 2021 Aix Poster A3

It’s a great start to the festive season in Provence!

 

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A visit to Les Carrieres de Lumieres is a must for art-lovers in Provence.  The disused quarry walls provide a brilliant backdrop for projecting massive paintings simultaneously in a head-spinning display, accompanied by specially-chosen music which can add another layer of meaning.

The themes this year, 2021 to Jan 16 2022, are Cézanne for the 30 minute programme, with Kandinsky for the shorter session.

 

Looking forward to the Cézanne, I was amazed that it was the Kandinsky show that blew my socks off.  His brightly coloured abstract motifs whirled out of their frames, spinning across the rough surfaces like constellations. (more…)

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Provençal water jousting consists of a battle on the water between two people in different boats – the opponents try to push each other in the water with a lance. Lots of fun for spectators, as well as the participants most of whom will end up pretty wet.

 

It’s an ideal outdoor spectator sport for those who prefer to remain in the fresh air as much as possible.

The programme, officialised by la Ligue Paca, kicks off on Sunday 13 June at Martigues when young people from across the region will have practice sessions.  The competition proper starts on 20th June at Cassis.  Details:

CRITÉRIUM NATIONAL DES JEUNES

13/06/21​ à Martigues

CHAMPIONNATS DE PROVENCE

20/06/21​ à Cassis

27/06/21 à Martigues

04/07/21 à La Ciotat

11/07/21​​ à Port-Saint-Louis

14/07/21​​ à Istres

18/07/21​ à Fos-sur-Mer

01/08/21 à l’Estaque

08/08/21 à Martigues (finales)

CHAMPIONNATS DE FRANCE

15/08/21 à Istres (quarts de finale)

22/08/21​​ à Théoule (demi-finales)

29/08/21​ à Saint-Mandrier (finales)

COUPE DE FRANCE

25/07/21 à l’Estaque

COUPE DE PROVENCE

05/09/21 à l’Estaque

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