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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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Some unusual things to do……

Holi, the colourful Hindu festival, will be taking place at the Plages du Prado in the presence of the Indian ambassador to France.  Lots of Bollywood dancing, music and bright colours promised!  Saturday 20th April, 14-18:30.


La Fête des plantes which takes place each spring at the Fort St Jean (Mucem) will this year have ‘ biodiversité en ville’ as its theme. There will be specialists on Mediterranean garden on hand to give advice, as well as stalls for stocking your garden or terrace. Sat and Sun 11-18:00.

MuCEM will also give you a splendid perch for seeing the Belem, visiting the Vieux Port  over the weekend. Belem is a three-masted French barque. She was originally a cargo ship, transporting sugar from the West Indies, cocoa, and coffee from Brazil and French Guiana to Nantes. It arrives Friday around 16:00 and can be visited Saturday and Sunday 10-17:30. 6 euros 12+, 3 euros 6-12, free for the little ones.

Bon weekend in Marseille!



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What a treat…six restaurants at the beautiful village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence are offering special menus for Easter Sunday and Monday. (more…)

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One for Star Wars fans, three episodes will be played across the 16m high rough walls of the former quarry at Les Baux de Provence, June 14th and 15th, 19:00-02:00.  40€ for entry and drink.

More here: https://madeinmarseille.net/46479-star-wars-carrieres-lumieres-provence/

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O’Tacos Anyone?

The Guardian this week is reporting on the French chain O’Tacos currently expanding here faster than Macdonalds (which is itself in growth mode). It was started by three former school-friends from a working-class part of Grenoble to cater for a young crowd who wanted nutritious and affordable fast-food. (more…)

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As a long-standing Picard fan (it’s really good frozen food plus it’s at the end of my road!), I am thrilled to find that certain items are now available for home delivery via Ocado in the UK. (more…)

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