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Aix Vide Grenier

It’s time for the town to have its annual clear-out.  The Aix vide-grenier takes place on Sunday 13th October, from 08:30, all down the cours Sextius.

Such fun if you like rooting around for bargains!

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If you want to take the plunge with French, or join a small discussion group to improve your level, local teaching duo Chantal and Fabienne, of Destination Francais, have an autumn offer.

  • Learn French with a one-hour practical session – in a café, or walking through town, or visiting the market – as an individual or group.  One session free when 10 are booked, before the end of October.
  • Join a discussion group – varied topics to be covered – at B2/C1 level.   These will run Mon-Fri, 9-16:00, providing 2 or more are booked for each session.  25 euros. One session free when 10 are booked, before the end of October.

For more info or to book, here is the website: http://www.destinationfrancais.com/

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That’s it for now!  Summer in Provence is full of picnics and jazz in vineyards, cinema under the stars, night markets, art trails and this year, lots  of MPG2019 gourmet events.

Enjoy it all – here’s a bit of Ella Fitzgerald with music for the moment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlMWW4R1ZBM

See you in September!

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Friday evening sees the annual Fete de la Musique which used to be a  sprawling event with all types of musicians playing music of  all genres, mainly very loudly, all over town. It seems though, since the deadly events in Nice during a summer festival, this type of event  has to be properly secured, something very difficult to do in our old town of tiny streets.  (more…)

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If you’ve ever wanted to do a course orchestrated by a top French chef, now is your chance, though you will have to share the experience with 999 other cooks.  Lionel Levy of the Intercontinental Marseille Hotel Dieu will be demonstrating live as part of the ‘MPG2019, l’année de la Gastronomie en Provence’. 1000 participants will be helped by 25 chefs in preparing dishes which are, for the time being, a secret.  Not sure how it will work but it promises to be an experience!


Date: 28th June, 18;00

Cost: 5€

Here’s the link  if you fancy joining in: https://www.weezevent.com/le-plus-grand-cours-de-cuisine-etoile-2




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Network Provence is a platform for women to promote their business,  blog,  club, project and to socialise.  It’s a thriving community and  has given women here in Provence an opportunity to  tell others what they are working on,  whether it be for profit or not.

I have attended a session and found it very friendly and constructive.  The next one is this Thursday in Aix:

Visitors are welcome to attend up to three meetings at a cost of €10 each time before becoming members.


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Two hundred artists and gallery-owners will be gathering in Aix to show over 4000 works to an estimated 25,000 visitors. You can either invest in something lovely for your home, or get some inspiration for your own creations.

To add to the enjoyment, there’s a restaurant, 3 food trucks and a glacier.

Cost: 10€

Programme: http://www.salonsmart-aix.com/article-88-le_programme_sur_sm_art_aix_2019








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