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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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Photo Cyril Sollier/La Provence

I read with astonishment that Aix’s new quartier La Duranne has two new inhabitants…  (more…)

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The week-long celebration of owls and other nocturnal birds culminates tomorrow evening (Saturday March 11th) with a special event for nature-lovers.

There will be a one-hour presentation from 17:30 at La Maison de la Sainte-Victoire, followed by a ramble outdoors to listen for owls.  Great for kids – should be a hoot!

La Maison de la Sainte-Victoire is at Saint-Antonin, at the foot of the mountain. I was about to say it’s a good place to have a daytime coffee in such lovely surroundings but its website is saying that the café is closed right now.  Investigation needed…..

But in the meantime, enjoy the night with the birds!

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img_0296Here’s the latest on:

  • Terminal changes at Gatwick
  • BA Strikes
  • New flights from Marseille Provence airport

If you are flying to/from Gatwick , there are terminal changes which happened in the last couple of days.  All Easyjet flights will use North Terminal and BA will be at South Terminal. http://www.gatwickairport.com/at-the-airport/flying-in/some-airlines-are-moving/

BA cabin crew have announced strikes for Sunday Feb 5 – Feb 7, then from Thursday to Saturday of the same week.  (BA are saying that last time this happened the effect was minimal with customers being booked on earlier or later flights the same day).

New flights from Marseille:

New low-costs flights to Venice from Marseille by Volotea

New low-costs flights to Venice from Marseille by Volotea

 

Venice, Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun with Easyjet from 12 May, adding to the ones run by Volotea.

Montreal, direct flights with Air Canada Rouge (couldn’t find start date on website).

La Réunion, twice a week with Air Austral, from 12 October, 2017.

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If you are in Aix over the Christmas season, firstly lucky you, and secondly, there are a few things open, even on Christmas Day.  The cinemas for starters and also, according to their websites, the Palais des Papes in Avignon, the stimulating Fondation Maeght over at Saint-Paul de Vence, and the dazzling Villa Ephrussi at Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat – but do check by phone before making a journey.

If you aren’t in Aix, here are some reminders:

The Christmas market

The Christmas market in the cours Mirabeau

Shop windows full of calissons

Shop windows full of calissons

Hot chocolate and muffins with Coeur crème de marrons

Hot chocolate and muffins with Coeur crème de marrons

Santons in displays throughout the town

Santons in displays throughout the town

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A moment of peace before the customers arrive…

Tasteful displays in the Quartier Mazarin

Tasteful displays in the Quartier Mazarin

And finally, Good King Rene looking down at the crowds in the Cours

And finally, Good King Rene looking down at the crowds in the Cours

JOYEUX NOEL FROM AIXCENTRIC!

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cracker-clipart-rta6xmbecPeople have voted for their favourite cracker joke this year – for non-Brits they are usually punny and often topical.  Here goes….

Why are Jeremy Corbyn’s Christmas cards all over the floor? (more…)

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If you’re in Provence, you will probably have already bought your little pack of seeds to plant today to mark the feast of img_2366Saint Barbara, and hopefully with some warmth and sunshine, they will be ready for Christmas.

The local saying is: Quand le blé va bien, tout va bien.

img_0017-001Mine last year was a bit straggly, surviving being in my hand luggage and then a grey English window-sill.

It’s a nice custom though and a special little piece of Provence for the Christmas Eve table.

 

 

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