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KFC in Vieux Port….

The joke I got in my Christmas cracker last week wasn’t entirely accurate: ‘Why do French people eat snails?’ Answer….’Because they don’t like fast food’.

But as we know, many of them really really do.  For instance, France is now Macdonald’s second most profitable market, after the US, which is surprising given the animosity there was towards the brand when we first arrived in Provence.  Much of the turnaround has been steered by their CEO who has introduced salads, patisseries, local produce and, thumbs up to him, little books in many ‘Happy Meals’ instead of plastic toys.

So perhaps the news that KFC has just opened in Marseille’s Vieux Port isn’t surprising, and perhaps too they will adapt their offers to local tastes. I just question whether a bright eye-catching American brand is best placed in the historical centre of France’s oldest city, especially after MPG2019.

It’s now open, at 4 quai de Rive Neuve.


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A much happier Christmas scene: my photo was taken while walking past, December 2016. 


After the devastating fire at this centuries-old Aix brasserie, it seemed that fast action was being taken to find out what had happened early on 30th November: witnesses were interviewed and evidence collected. (more…)

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Coming to MuCEM in 2020

Fabulous, literally….the rooftop at MuCEM

MuCEM has announced its programme for the coming year, chapeau! to them for letting us all know.

One of the major exhibitions will be Pharaons Superstars, 29th April – 17th August which interestingly runs roughly parallel to Pharaon, Osiris et la Momie at Aix’s Musée Granet.  Lots for the Egyptologists in 2020.

Here’s the listing:  Mucem_Expositions_2020_Communique_de_Presse

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Weekend Activities

The year of gastronomy finally comes to an end.  Marseille’s Vieux Port will be the place to be for the ‘Grand Spectacle de Cloture’  with what sounds like an impressive fireworks display: starting at 22:30, Friday 13th, fireworks will be shooting into the skies from the port, the Digue du Large, Fort Saint-Nicolas and Notre Dame de la Garde.  Recommended spot to watch is the quai du Port (near the Mairie).  Beforehand, there will be music and free tastings in the Canebiere.  If you are planning to go, do look at details of the extensive travel restrictions which include tunnels autoroute, parking and metro closureshttps://www.myprovence.fr/article/mpg2019-un-feu-d-artifice-epoustouflant-le-13-decembre (more…)

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If you haven’t visited the Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, now is the time to bundle the kids in the car and take a trip over there as its famous spring is about to attain its highest level for 25 years.  The water, which was very low over the summer, is now pouring over the rocky ledge as it forms the river Sorgue. (more…)

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There was still smoke coming out of Les Deux Garcons yesterday morning, a good 4 hours after the fire-fighters arrived to tackle the blaze.

Behind police cordons, locals stood, looking on appalled at the obvious damage to both the ground floor brasserie and the reception rooms on the first floor. And we now learn that bedrooms at the adjoining hotel de Gantes, empty at the time, were damaged by smoke too. (more…)

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…seasonal fun ahead at the 5-star Hotel Piggonet in  Aix.  The patinoire will be open Dec 4th – Jan 19 and after a session on the ice, skaters can indulge in hot chocolate, vin chaud and gaufres gourmandes.

Cost: 15 € for over 15s, 10€ 6-14.  Times: https://www.aixenprovencetourism.com/fr/fiche/35065/

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