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We don’t really need an excuse to visit Cassis at this time of year, especially with the weather so amazing, but this weekend, 21-23 September, has an extra temptation in the shape of their gastronomic festival – Les Vendanges Etoilées. (more…)

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Cours Mirabeau restaurant closing

Quick is the word if we want to dine at Quick in the cours Mirabeau – it’s due to close this month.  (more…)

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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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