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This week brings news of a group meeting on a weekly basis to practise their French. (more…)


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Marseille – Whale in Vieux Port!

Photo: La Provence, Nicolas Vallauri


Yesterday, rescue services (la police nationale and marins-pompiers) in Marseille battled for nearly an hour to free a large whale that got stuck in the city’s marina. The roughly 15-metre (50-foot) creature swam into the Vieux Port around lunchtime and blocked the entrance, drawing a crowd who watched as divers attempted to free it.


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and it’s not far from Aix….Villa Les Cedres is a 187-year old mansion based in 35 acres of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.  It has 14 bedrooms and incredibly ornate reception areas – it used to be owned by King Leopold of Belgium.  Yours for 350 million euros.

I can’t see my Billy bookcases in there somehow.

No, I would much prefer Picasso’s house which is currently being auctioned.  Called Mas de Notre Dame de Vie, it is near to Mougins.  It looks beautiful and is on the market for offers over 20.2 million euros.  That’s more like it!

Have a look on: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4843678/Pablo-Picasso-s-French-Riviera-estate-auction.html


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Tour de France 2018

The race will take place 7 – 29th July and the route has just been announced: (more…)

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‘Quel Amour’ is the theme for a major cultural festival opening in Marseille on Valentine’s Day, 14th Feb 2018.


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Next weekend (7th-8th October) sees the annual Fete de la Courge in Rians in the Var, and it is one of my favourite village festivals: mainly as it is so very un-English. (more…)

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Photo Festival in Aix

The 18th Phot’Aix is about to begin, both with a major exhibition and a trail which leads people around town from venue to venue.

The major exhibition this year, Regards Croisés,  features 5 contemporary Chinese and 5 French photographers working on similar themes: at the Cloitre des Precheurs.

Then there’s the usual parcours or trail, this year visiting the work of 24 photographers around 23 venues.

Both start on the 5th October and run until the year end.

Press release here: cp_PhotAix2017

Thanks to Patrick for sending this info to Aixcentric!


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