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…..starting with the wild Sirocco wind that roared through the south of France on Friday.  Here in Aix, it brought down two branches in the little Place Saint-Honoré (up Cours Mirabeau, left before Café le Grillon, just along from Etam…)  Incredibly, they hit (more…)

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En Avignon

I learned in my French class yesterday that we may say, ‘à Marseille’, ‘à Aix’, but it should always be ‘en Avignon’, as it sounds so much

Photo from France 3

better.  I wonder if Barak Obama knew that last evening as he flew into Provence for a short family holiday.  In fact they will be staying not far from Villeneuve-les-Avignon, just across the Rhone, a charming old town…”C’est un peu le 16e arrondissement d’Avignon’ according to one local.  The inhabitants seem delighted with their famous visitor but emphasised that they wish them to have a peaceful stay, without too much attention.  According to reports in La Provence, though, their accommodation will be surrounded by a 24/24 police presence. I hope they can get out to enjoy the area.

Avignon itself has a lively programme of cultural events all year round; but in the summer, comes into its own with the Festival d’Avignon.  It started in 1947 and attracts tens of thousands of visitors: there are more than forty different shows performed during the Festival, plus readings, exhibitions, films and debates. It’s worth noting that there are often plays in their original language.

Expect some challenging art too – I look forward to seeing the oils of talented young Syrian painter, Miryam Haddad, at the Collection Lambert.

Their permanent collection has many of the great names in contemporary art, housed in an elegant hotel particulier.  The courtyard café, La Violette, under the shade of a magnificent plane tree, is a great venue for lunch.

The festival starts at the beginning of July. 

More on Miryam Haddad’s work here: https://www.festival-avignon.com/en/artist/2019/miryam-haddad

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…for a week.  It seems unbelievable that such a venerable institution as (more…)

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A Bus tour south of the city

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Sunset apéros on board ‘un bar sur le mer’. (more…)

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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 can be incredibly difficult to find out what some local organisations are planning, so ‘chapeau’ to the team at Chateau La Coste for publishing their expo agenda for the coming year, with details in English too!

The poster shows a birds-eye view of the new sunken gallery at the innovative art-centre and vineyard.

Read on for descriptions of each of these exhibitions: https://chateau-la-coste.com/en/exhibition/

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Sanary is one of the most beautiful coastal villages and its International Rosé Festival promises to make it even more stylish next weekend.

 

Take a look at some of the images from previous years… 

This year, it is running over 3 days:  10-12th May, 10-18:00hrs each day.  There will be 71 exhibitors, promoting their rosés and 80,000 people are expected at this open-air event. The all-important ‘kit de dégustation’ including a branded wine-glass for tastings will be 10 euros, valid for all three days.

There will be music, guided history walks and trips around the bay on the celebrated multi-coloured pointus. To add to the fun this year will be ‘un parcours arty’ with 12 artists doing live street art.

What an absolutely fabulous way to spend a day!

 

 

 

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