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  1.  The newly-created arts and cultural centre , LUMA, based in the old railway sheds, has a handful of shows starting tomorrow.  Headlining them is Gilbert & George : THE GREAT EXHIBITION (1971-2016), an 80-work retrospective which will be taking place until 6th January. http://www.arles-agenda.fr/index.php?id=19685.  I also like the sound of ‘Une Histoire Avec Vincent’.  Young photographer Lily Gavin has been given access to the set of a new film ‘At Eternity’s Gate’, based on 8 weeks in the life of Van Gogh. Shot at Saint-Rémy by Julian Schnabel, her photos show the daily evolution of the story.
  2. The massive ‘Rencontres d’Arles’ photographic show enters its 49th year.  There are exhibitions all over town. The best starting point is the tourist office who will sell you a large map with details of every one of them – and go where your fancy takes you.
  3. Moisson en Provence, by Vincent Van Gogh

    SOLEIL CHAUD, SOLEIL TARDIF. LES MODERNES INDOMPTÉS (HOT SUN, LATE SUN. UNTAMED MODERNISM) can be seen at the Fondation Van Gogh until 28th October.  It includes work by Van Gogh, plus of course Picasso who is everywhere this summer, and, Adolphe Monticelli, Sigmar Polke, Giorgio De Chirico, Germaine Richier, Alexander Calder, Joan Mitchell, Etel Adnan, Sun Ra.


So much to see in Arles right now.  Lunch will of course be necessary.  We enjoyed the medieval ambiance at Le Jardin des Arts ( details here: https://aixcentric.com/2014/04/13/lunch-in-arles/ or you could try the restaurant who served a meal to Daniel Craig aka James Bond, and family, when he had been turned away elsewhere! – great story here: https://aixcentric.com/2018/01/07/when-james-bond-visited-provence/

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Thursday 28th:  the Patrouille de France aerobatic team is supposed to be doing a display above Aix tomorrow morning – no time given, so keep a look out….

Friday 29th, Saturday 30th, Sunday 1st: Aix Beach Volley in Les Allees Provencales.

Saturday 30thTown Vide Grenier at Trets

Sunday 1st-4th July: Fete du Cinema.  This is an event that takes place across France.  Entry is 4€ per film.

Sunday 1st July: Festival de la Gastronomie en Provence. Now in its 26th year, this is a meeting between renowned chefs, patissiers, wine-makers and local producers……and hungry diners who can sample the fare from the stalls and pop-up restaurants.  All the details are below….

What a range of activities for the coming weekend in and around Aix!

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If you are one of the many many locals who enjoy eating at Mana Espresso and admire the enterprising young Brits who started it, then this is for you! (more…)

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…seems that Le Lunch at the Calanque of Sormiou has been bull-dozed.  It was right on the edge of the sea in this stunningly beautiful location – read here http://www.le-grand-pastis.com/restaurant-lunch-detruit-sormiou/

So if you want to eat here, the alternative is Le Chateau which is, thankfully for us all, perched up on a little hill and therefore out of the way of the Loi Litteral.

It’s a great place to eat especially if you bag a table on the edge of the terrace.  And then you can have a nice paddle afterwards! Le Chateau was the home of a literary family who also owned the cabanons nearby. (http://www.tourisme-marseille.com/fiche/le-chateau-comtesse-marie-de-sormiou-restaurant-a-marseille/)

Incredibly, it has no water supply or electricity.

Details You have to phone for a reservation, which gives you permission to drive your car through the barrier at the head of the calanque.  This is the road you drive down – what an experience!


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If you would like a preview of MuCEM’s summer show, ‘Ai Weiwei Fan-Tan’, head off down there on Tuesday 19th June when there is free entry 16-23:00hrs.

Plus…. (more…)

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June is fast approaching but who would believe that with the rain we have had today?

I hope it clears up before the coming weekend as there will be a nation-wide celebration of gardens, Rendez-vous aux Jardins, with several local ones open.  Here is the brochure: RDVJ_PACA_2018 1st-3rd June.

Mougins, such a pretty village, will see their gastronomic festival on 2-3rd June.  Called Les Etoiles de Mougins, it’s the 13th and there is a full programme of events.  In parallel, the fabulous MACM – museum of classical art – is offering a wine-tasting…details here:

at 11:30am & at 4pm

In honour of the Étoiles de Mougins 2018, the annual international gastronomical festival, the MACM & the Franck Thomas sommelier students will be proposing sensorial wine tasting and a  Dionysian trail around the collection. Unique price: 10€ 

If this inspires you to experience more classical art, you should then head  in the opposite direction, over to Nimes in fact, where the new Musée de la Romanité will open on 2nd Jun.  With 25,000 exhibits, it’s set to be one of France’s most important archaeological displays. 

It looks very impressive – it’s next to the Maison Carrée and the amphitheatre.  Can’t wait to visit. http://www.nimes.fr.










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Just to add to the previous post, Anticafé Aix has developed a series of workshops which now include 4 language sessions or Blabla cafés.

  • Spanish, Tuesdays, 12-13hrs
  • Franglish, Melting Party’, Wednesdays, 18-20hrs (mainly for students)
  • French Rendez-vous, Thursdays, 11:15-12:15 hrs
  • English Talk n Lunch, Thursdays 12:20-13:30hrs
  • Italian, Fridays, 11:30-12:30hrs.

Dynamic manager Anita explained that they have other workshops – Yoga, how to use Instagram, Job-finding – for instance.  One recent success was a session by an expert on Iridology who analysed the health of attendees by looking into their eyes.  It’s soon to be repeated. Events are posted on their website and facebook page.

Attendees pay the usual 5 euros an hour, plus a small fee for the tutor.

Please pass this on to anyone who you think would enjoy a blabla!


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