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The not-to-be-missed traditional Marche des Rois takes place on Sunday 12th January. It’s very well-known locally but if you are new to Aix, do make sure you get into town for this special event.

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The procession, headed by the three kings with their camels, makes its way through town and is followed by all  manner of animals and locals dressed as Provencal characters.  It’s always fun, and Aix is usually lucky to have three camels as they are much in demand across the region on this weekend! (more…)

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The world-famous Nice carnival takes place 15-29th February in 2020 and tickets are already on sale.

The theme this year is the World of Fashion – that should inspire some great displays and costumes for this glittering parade.  Programme in English here: http://en.nicecarnaval.com/official-programme

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Coming to MuCEM in 2020

Fabulous, literally….the rooftop at MuCEM

MuCEM has announced its programme for the coming year, chapeau! to them for letting us all know.

One of the major exhibitions will be Pharaons Superstars, 29th April – 17th August which interestingly runs roughly parallel to Pharaon, Osiris et la Momie at Aix’s Musée Granet.  Lots for the Egyptologists in 2020.

Here’s the listing:  Mucem_Expositions_2020_Communique_de_Presse

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Weekend Activities

The year of gastronomy finally comes to an end.  Marseille’s Vieux Port will be the place to be for the ‘Grand Spectacle de Cloture’  with what sounds like an impressive fireworks display: starting at 22:30, Friday 13th, fireworks will be shooting into the skies from the port, the Digue du Large, Fort Saint-Nicolas and Notre Dame de la Garde.  Recommended spot to watch is the quai du Port (near the Mairie).  Beforehand, there will be music and free tastings in the Canebiere.  If you are planning to go, do look at details of the extensive travel restrictions which include tunnels autoroute, parking and metro closureshttps://www.myprovence.fr/article/mpg2019-un-feu-d-artifice-epoustouflant-le-13-decembre (more…)

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If you haven’t visited the Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, now is the time to bundle the kids in the car and take a trip over there as its famous spring is about to attain its highest level for 25 years.  The water, which was very low over the summer, is now pouring over the rocky ledge as it forms the river Sorgue. (more…)

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Design Delights

…will be on show this coming weekend in Aix at the chic Maison Dauphine in the Quartier Mazarin.  This 18th century townhouse contains both a gallery on the ground-floor and elegant apartments upstairs.  Friends have stayed here and liked it very much. (more…)

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There was still smoke coming out of Les Deux Garcons yesterday morning, a good 4 hours after the fire-fighters arrived to tackle the blaze.

Behind police cordons, locals stood, looking on appalled at the obvious damage to both the ground floor brasserie and the reception rooms on the first floor. And we now learn that bedrooms at the adjoining hotel de Gantes, empty at the time, were damaged by smoke too. (more…)

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