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An unmissable event for your calendar.   For the past few years, Aix has been investing a lot in its traditional Carnaval, bringing in creative companies to headline the event.  Local associations and schools interpret the theme with gusto and the school kids really get into the swing – you will be picking confetti out of your clothes for days!  This year the theme is AU BORD DES MONDES.   What fun it looks. 


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Harnessing the spirit and emotions of the past, a group of dancers will be performing tomorrow in and around the archaeological dig in the Place Verdun.  It’s a once-monthly event until the summer, while the excavations are taking place.  They explain that they want to illustrate history in ‘the very place where time and tensions have left their mark’.

9:30-12:30 Saturday March 25th.  I do hope the weather is kind to them. 

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To attract visitors back to frequenting – and spending money – in centre ville, the mayors of the 1st and 7th arrondissements have devised a programme of entertainments in a pedestrianised Canebiere on the last Sunday of each month, a great idea.  I reported on our visit in January here: https://aixcentric.com/2017/01/24/marseille-surprises-on-sunday/

This coming Sunday, March 26th, the event will have ‘Musique’ as the theme. (more…)

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The spring is here, the blossom is out, tourists are in town – and the Aix Petit Train starts its service again on 23rd or 24th March (tourist office not sure which).

These little trains are a useful way of exploring a new place especially for the elderly or families with little ones…..plus they are great in the heat or rain.

Marseille and Nice are unusual in that they have services all year round.  In other towns they are starting up again this month. Here is a list of some of the tourist rides to enjoy in Provence.


Tour around the town, 40 mins. Daily from March to October.



Circuit 1: Centre Historique et Paul Cézanne, 50 mins

Circuit 2: Centre Historique, 40 mins

Only runs if a minimum of ten people are on the train! Daily, mid March to mid November.



Town tour with a stop at Calanque de Port-Miou, 40 mins

Daily, mid March to mid November



Circuit 1: Notre Dame de la Garde, 75 mins

Circuit 2: Old Marseille including the Panier, La Vieille Charité and MUCEM, 65 mins

Both daily all year round.  These are getting more and more popular as the number of cruise passengers increase.  It’s a perfect way to get up to Notre Dame de la Garde.



Tour takes in the town, gardens and the military port. It includes a stop for the beach. 50 mins.

April – October: 5 trips daily; July and August: 13 trips daily



Tour of the historical centre, 35 mins

Mon-Sat, Feb-Oct. Daily, July and August



Circuit via the Old Town, past the Musée Picasso, along to the beach of Juan les Pins, and back. 45 mins

Daily Feb – Oct; additional services in July and August.



Tour via the Promenade des Anglais, Flower Market, Old Town and Castle Hill. 45 mins. Daily.


Circuit through the town and along the waterfront; 45 mins. Operates only in summer months.


I believe this doesn’t run anymore but can’t find information – does anyone know?



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There’s free entry for four people in 250 arts centres across France this coming weekend, provided you are armed with a voucher from Télerama magazine.

I mentioned in the last post that the interesting Musée Bonnard is involved.  You can also visit MuCEM, or the Musée Réattu and the Musée de la Camargue over in Arles.  Nothing in Aix though…..

Here is a link to see what else is available in our region: http://www.telerama.fr/scenes/week-end-musees/region.php?region=Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

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Pierre Bonnard loved his home at Le Cannet – he painted his wife Marthe in the bath, the cats in the dining room, the splendid colours of his garden and naturally his view of the sparkling Mediterranean.  Le Cannet now has the world’s only museum dedicated to the artist, and since its inception, it has been reaching out to the public creatively and pro-actively.  Admirable in fact.

The current exhibition, ‘Bonnard en tout intimité’, runs until 23rd April and has a host of spin-off activities.

  • One hour guided tours for adults.  Entry +3€
  • Opportunities for 5-12 year-olds to see the exhibition and then try out different techniques in a workshop + 5€
  • Family visits, 12 and 19 April – lots of stories and anecdotes to inspire youngsters 8+
  • Weekend 18-19 March free entry for 4 with a voucher from Télérama (this is part of the Weekend Musees Télérama)
  • Atelier 3 Generations – children 5+ with their parents and grandparents.  Visit exhibition then all can roll their sleeves up and create!.  April 13 and 20.  +5€.
  • Two dance events in the gallery – one illustrating the life of Marthe Bonnard his mysterious muse
  • Tie up with Festival des Jardins (see last post).  An expert will be on the museum terrace with lots of seeds, helping people plant their own miniature garden.  Free.  Hourly April 14.

As well as all this, the museum has a downloadable 45 minute guide to the gallery and also a free downloadable ‘balade’ so you can walk around the main sites relevant to the artist after your visit.

What a great museum – just what they all should be!

Too much detail to include in this short post so please have a look at their website for more. http://www.museebonnard.fr/

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The ‘Festival des Jardins de la Cote d’Azur’ looks to be an interesting new venture.  It runs every day from 1st April to 1st May in Nice, Cannes, Grasse, Antibes and Menton.


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