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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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May 28th will see the return of the thrice-weekly Food Market to the newly-pedestrianised and smartly-paved Places Verdun-Precheurs where it was up to 2016.  The Textile and Brocante stalls will stay in the cours Mirabeau, and the two areas will be linked by the Artisanat Market which will occupy rue Thiers. (more…)

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It’s a busy day in prospect with:

Formula One cars and films in Aix

Cheese and Honey in Fuveau

and a Bal Patriotique in Marseille.


Let’s start in Aix with the free Formula One roadshow.


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There’s a special opportunity to go backstage at the Marseille Opera, during 3-5th May, as part of the national ‘Tous a l’Opera’ programme. (more…)

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The latest in the series of Les Dimanches de la Canebiere’ takes place  on Sunday.  These events have been created to bring people back to the town centre and seem to be getting more and more popular. Lots of activities for the family too – dance, music, games, market – here’s the programme: 2019.04.17_depliant_d2k-complet

We normally park at the MuCEM parking which is really easy on a Sunday.

Remember too that the new Jean Dubuffet expo has started at MuCEM : https://aixcentric.com/2019/04/24/dubuffet-in-marseille/

and the navettes maritimes (water buses) are running: https://aixcentric.com/2019/04/24/vieux-port-navettes-maritimes-to-start-again-this-weekend/


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The summer services for the hourly boats – navettes maritimes – which go from the Vieux Port down to Point Rouge or along to L’Estaque and back will start on Saturday 27th April until 29th September.  Cost still 5€ each way.  If you haven’t tried these short journeys, they are a great way to see the coast and spend a little time in either community.  Pointe Rouge has a nice sandy beach and restaurants ‘pieds dans l’eau’, while L’Estaque has a walk around the viewing points that once drew painters from all over the country……loads of restaurants too.

During the summer, 25 June – 27 September, there will be an additional service down to Les Goudes, 8 euros.

More on https://www.marseilletourisme.fr/fr/decouvrir/infos-pratiques/transports/navette-maritime/.

*** I was going into the metro in Marseille one day last summer when illuminated signs warned people that the boats had stopped running due to a sudden Mistral.  So it’s a good idea to have a bus timetable to get back, if need be!

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It’s the site of Aix’s daily fruit and vegetable market, launched around 660 years ago. 

Place Richelme is pure Provence with heaps of seasonal produce, garden flowers, honeys, bread and pots of preserves; and all surrounded by cafes whose terraces spill out into the square.  But not any more. (more…)

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