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That’s the choice this coming weekend (30th April) as there are street celebrations in both towns.  (more…)

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Sunday really is an ideal time to visit Toulon as the traffic is lighter, it’s easier to park and the market is in full swing. It’s a good market with the top part North African (more…)

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Le Chat Qui Tricote is a brand new salon du thé/knitting craft centre which has opened to the delight of local aficionados.  Now they have somewhere to buy wool, yarns and all the accessories they need.  But if you can’t knit and want to learn, their series of workshops starts tomorrow (Saturday April 8th) with their ‘Initiation au Tricot’.

Children are not forgotten – on the 12th, there is a session making Easter baskets – and Thursday night is Knitting Night for all (18:30-22:00hrs).

The menu looks good – it includes quiches, cakes (French-style), soups and pâtisseries gourmands, all fait maison.

The centre is at 28 rue Constantin, Aix; full details are here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/lechatquitricote/about/?ref=page_internal

Thank you to Florence for sending this news to Aixcentric.

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Even more to do this coming weekend with the inauguration of a  permanent installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei at Chateau La Coste. (more…)

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Well that’s not a bad combination in my book!  This annual celebration is taking place this weekend, 8th and 9th April, 10-19:00hrs at the Chapelle des Oblets, on the right-hand side at the very top of the Cours Mirabeau.

It’s actually held in the cloisters of the old convent, tucked away behind the facades of townhouses in the cours…a good opportunity to see one of the vestiges of Aix’s pre-Revolutionary religious past.

And a good opportunity, too, to sample local calissons and chocolate. http://www.aixenprovencetourism.com/a-voir-que-faire/agenda-des-evenements/foires-salons/?detail=15918

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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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This is a useful 6times-yearly publication from La Provence.  It has lots of info on recommended restaurants, the latest on the local chefs, and details of new products.

This spring issue for instance has:

  • the fascinating story of Yazid Ichemrahen who, at 25 years old, was part of the team who won the title of world champion Chef-Patissier. His new venture, Patisserie Vernet in Avignon, provides traditional recipes but also ones he develops.  This spring he is experimenting with honey, raspberry and violet flavours.  Each cake is 4.50€ but, during the last hour, it’s two offertes for every two bought.  Good marketing too…hurray!
  • news of a Turkish sociologist at Cambridge who left academia to do a stint with Gérard Passedat at his restaurants in MuCEM.  This month (to 12 April) she is responsible for a special menu at both the restaurant and café….and also an unusual sandwich at the kiosk.  All Istanbul-influenced.
  • new place to eat in Marseille combined with photo-expos. Owner Jac Demars has opened Le BistroGraphe in a former guitar shop in bd de la Corderie.  Here he will be drawing on his restaurant experience as well as indulging his passion for photography.  All freshly cooked food (plat du jour 15-18€) in ‘le quartier qui bouge le plus a Marseille’.

Right, that’s three things on my list for the next couple of weeks!

A Table (#27, April-Juin 2017) is now on sale in town.  3,50€ for over 90 pages.

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