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Chateau La Coste continues its engagement with challenging modern art, currently showing work by the late US artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as 31 years of pictures by Japanese painter Yoshitomo NaraIt opened back in August and I was sorry to miss the vernissage.  Which was attended by Bono, Bradley Cooper, and Basquiat’s two sisters – darn! (more on summer celebs in vineyards at the end of the post….) (more…)

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Free Visits to ITER

Event now fully booked


ITER – which means ‘the way’ if you are a Latin scholar or International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor if you aren’tis an international nuclear fusion research and engineering project, which is currently building the world’s largest and most advanced experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor at Cadarache just north of Pertuis.

Visits will take place on Saturday 21st Sept, during the weekend for the Journées du Patrimoine.  Booking has just opened – details on: https://www.iter.org/fr/jpo


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Free Rides Tomorrow


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No sign of Burger King, Librarie de Provence still empty, Bistrot Romain no more, and the venerable Les Deux Garcons for sale. It’s all change in the cours Mirabeau! (more…)

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Both PARADES in the cours Mirabeau, which opens the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Parade Pique-Nique, part of MPG2019, are all booked out, (June 30th), but it’s always nice to wander in town around these events.

It’s very much the beginning of a packed summer of events in town, and also throughout the region, so what you need is a copy of ‘Le Guide de l’Eté’ published by La Provence. (more…)

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It’s incredible to think that Princess Grace would have been 90 years old this year.  To celebrate, the palace has put on an exhibition based around the brief meeting between Grace, then a well-known actress visiting Cannes, and Rainier, a prince in search of a bride.  At the same time, you get a tour of the palace.  The exhibition closes on October 15th, as does the palace as far as visits are concerned until next spring.

Monaco is a long drive from Aix, but do-able in a day, and a fascinating place to visit.  More on visiting the palace here:  https://www.palais.mc/en/visits-of-the-palace-online-booking-1-31.html

Afterwards, you can wander down to the Cathedral where the marriage took place, and where they are buried.

Lots to do in town of course: https://www.monte-carlo.mc/fr/visites/office-tourisme-monaco/



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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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