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…..is my new book which is being launched this week. (more…)

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The number of destinations and frequency of flights from Marseille Provence Airport as we move into the holiday season has increased.


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Chapeau!   The conseil municipal of Aix yesterday unanimously voted to install three glass panels (dalles vitrés) above the archaeological remains recently uncovered in the Place Verdun.

The ‘dig’ has been going on ahead of the pedestrianisation of the places Precheurs, Madeleine and Verdun.  Link to some background: https://aixcentric.com/2016/06/05/place-des-precheurs-archaeologists-to-move-in/

It’s front page news in today’s La Provence and here is a rough shot of their explanatory diagram which shows where the panels will be. (more…)

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‘BACK TO THE FUTURE’ is the theme for the 49th Rencontres d’Arles photography exhibition.  ‘This year, you are invited to cross space and time with a breathtaking, celestial journey across the ages. Photography is often the best-placed medium for registering all the shocks that remind us the world is changing, sometimes right before our eyes’, they write.

It’s developed into one of the world’s largest photography shows, with exhibitions in every available space across town.  This year, it has sections such as ‘America Great Again!’ featuring various photographers including Raymond Depardon; then there is ‘Run Comrade, the Old World is Behind You’ to mark the anniversary of 1968.  Included in this is a show I saw in London – ‘The Train. RFK’s Last Journey’.  It features the small groups of people who lined the entire route of the train that took Robert Kennedy’s body to its final resting place in Washington and is a fascinating snapshot of life 50 years ago.

The programme is here: https://www.rencontres-arles.com/en/expositions.  Sorry don’t know why they always have upside-down images on their posters. 2 July to 23 September.

Also this summer  in Arles, British artists Gilbert and George are exhibiting at LUMA, the new arts campus.  (Post about LUMA here: https://aixcentric.com/2016/05/25/changes-to-arles-skyline/) Their exhibition entitled ‘The Great Exhibition, 1971-2016’ runs 2nd July – 6th January.

I like the sound of ‘Une Histoire avec Vincent’ which starts at LUMA on the same day.  Young photographer Lily Gavin was given daily access to filming of ‘A La Porte de l’Eternité’ by director Julian Schnabel.  It took place over 8 weeks around Arles so her pictures should be interesting.

So – 2nd July – trip to Arles sorted!

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Sorting out the Strikes

My thanks to Juliet who has reminded me about this useful website, now it seems we are, once again, in the thick of strike action from various unions: http://www.cestlagreve.fr/

As far as the trains are concerned, here are the dates published.  Strikes begin at 19:00 the night before, and end 8:00 the day after the strike ends.

Month Strike days
April 3–4 / 8–9 / 13–14 / 18–19 / 23–24 / 28–29
May 3–4 / 8–9 / 13–14 / 18–19 / 23–24 / 28–29
June 2–3 / 7–8 / 12–13 / 17–18 / 22–23 / 27–28


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When UK papers print their round-ups of 10/20/50 top beaches in Europe, Notre Dame beach at the island of Porquerolles usually features.  As it should – it’s lovely. And spring is a perfect time to visit.



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On my return from England, I posted on my shock at seeing the cours Mirabeau minus so many plane trees;

The view from outside the Renoir cinema looking up the cours

now it seems, even more may be going, as well as some in other parts of centre ville, all  infected by the chancre coloré. (more…)

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