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New York Follows Provence…

… by the opening of its very own immersive digital art centre, modelled on the success of the Carrieres des Lumieres at Les Baux de Provence. (more…)

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The departement Bouches du Rhone has 7 beaches with facilities for handicapped visitors who want a seasonal dip.  Special parking places are reserved for a small number of families who can use the changing rooms and bathrooms, beach chairs and umbrellas, then adapted wheelchairs that roll down plasticised carpets into the sea.  The numbers are limited to four families at a time who need to pre-book this free service.  Staff are in place to help.

What a splendid idea.  Details: 

https://www.myprovence.fr/ca-s-agite-dans-le-local/au-grand-air/top/bouches-du-rhone/top-des-plages-accessibles-toutes-et-tous?utm_source=My+Provence&utm_campaign=5a20ef24b5-news-zap-16-aout-2022&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c72cda0555-5a20ef24b5-192001881&ct=t(news-zap-16-aout-2022)

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The last days of summer are being celebrated in Aix by a series of free concerts in locations across town. 

All sorts of music promised, between 19 – 29 August. 

Click the link for more: https://www.aixenprovence.fr/Musique-dans-la-rue-2022

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Visitors to Aix have, since 1990, been able to follow in the footsteps of Cezanne courtesy of 3,500 markers in the pavements and footpaths, as he wended from home to studio to painting sites…and then to cafes in town after a long day at the easel.

Now the Tourist Office have launched an app, based on their brochure, ‘Sur Les Pas de Cézanne’.  ‘Experience Cézanne with your smartphone’, we are invited. (more…)

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Following this post last month: https://aixcentric.com/2022/07/03/three-reasons-to-visit-chateau-la-coste-this-summer/ here is even more news from this ever-expanding arts centre which is just a 20 minute drive from Aix.

Visitors to Chateau La Coste are greeted by a splendid Louise Bourgois spider

 

Guided Tours:  now taking place daily, at 10:00 and 18:00, in English and French.

Two More Shows: Twenty-four watercolours by British painter Idris Khan.  Previously unseen, they will be shown in the Richard Rogers Gallery: one wall will show a work for each month to illustrate the passing of the seasons.  And…

Scuptures, hangings and paintings by Annie Morris (above).  This is the first exhibition in the huge new space that has been created by Oscar Niemeyer.  The sculptures shown in the photo are called ‘stacks’, the artist’s ‘joyeux obsession’. Made from plaster and pigmented sand, they are colourful abstract figures that seem perfect for this new gallery.

Note: The centre is open 10 – 19:00.  The five temporary art exhibitions are open 12 – 18.00.

 

 

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A quick note on the Ronde d’Aix, an event that will delight cycling fans but could frustrate anyone planning to drive in centre-ville tomorrow, 31st July.

 

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‘Lee Miller Photographe Professionelle’  focuses on one of the most intense and productive periods in the life of this intriguing (*) American photographer (1907–1977).

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That’s the offer from Tasha Powell and Barbara Pitcher, two creative north Americans who spend much of their time in Provence. Tasha works as a food stylist with celebrity chefs, cooking and styling for cookbook authors.  Food styling for TV and feature films is a major part of her work. She completed her Cordon Bleu program at a Michelin starred restaurant in the Luberon.  Barbara Pitcher is a well-recognized Canadian-Italian artist presently living in Provence, France, where her husband’s work drew her family eight years ago.  You have perhaps seen one of her exhibitions in the area? She started out in the fashion business, followed by a 25 year career in event planning worldwide.
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The pair have found a beautiful riad as the base for the holiday which focuses on cooking, yoga, eating and enjoying the cultural opportunities in Marrakech including the Yves Saint-Laurent museum and the Jardin Majorelle.

What’s included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 healthy dinners at the riad including wine pairing and 3 lunches at the riad
  • 3 cooking workshops featuring Moroccan specialities:  tagines, pastille, salads
  • 7 yoga sessions (the last evening session will be a sound bath with Tibetan bowls)
  • Excursion to the Atlas Mountains in 4×4, lunch in a Berber guesthouse
  • Excursion to Jardin Majorelle and the YSL Museum
  • Spice Market tour; Souk & Medina tour
  • One dinner off-site with entertainment
  • Tax, transfers, tips
  • Transfers to and from the airport.

Dates: October 11-17th. Similar trips are planned for 2023, for Marrakech and Sicily.

Further information is available on their website above.  Note that flights aren’t included.

Marrakech is a stimulating, unforgettable destination.  This provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy it in the company of like-minded spirits.

 

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Access to the Calanques National Park is being controlled this summer due to damage to the ecosystem caused by the burgeoning numbers of visitors, and due to increasing fire risks.  (more…)

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