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Aix’s historical Place d’Albertas ought to be a bright little jewel of 18th century architecture but for too long has been spoiled by the dilapidated central section.

For years, there has been talk of a breakthrough with the owners but it has come to nothing despite the efforts of Marie-Pierre Sicard-Desnuelle, the town’s cultural attaché. (more…)

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I recently bought this post card dating from the early 20th century showing the cours Mirabeau resplendently lined with a double row of plane trees.

 

What a difference today.  Last year, 23 had to be taken out in the cours Mirabeau and now, it seems, more are to follow from the cours and two other parts of the town centre.  (more…)

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(C) Cabinet Reichen & Robert

You may have already visited Marseille’s J1 for photo exhibitions and marvelled at the stunning space leading out past moored ferries with views to the Mediterranean beyond.  Now 100m euro development plans have been agreed and this is what it will look like, in 4 years’ time. (more…)

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Arriving back in Aix this week, it was great to see:

a) the e-gates in operation at T1, Marseille Airport

b) the sun.

Fascinating to learn that, this year, Paris has had 4 minutes of sun, while Aix has enjoyed (more…)

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Aix: Moving Markets?

The plan, according to La Provence, is that the redevelopment of the ‘Trois Places’ will be completed by mid-April.  At that point, the food and artisan market will move back there, (more…)

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The parade will take place in the cours Mirabeau at 14:30 ie. no activity in the morning.

The meteo forecast for tomorrow (Dec 16th) is rain, but I can’t find any indication of cancellation.  It’s a ceremony dating back to 1256 which celebrates the longest night of the year, as well as Provencal life.  Info:  http://www.aixenprovence.fr/Bravade-calendale-6492  Let’s hope for a dry afternoon to enjoy it!

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Who Shot the TGV?

That’s the question for the investigators following an incident near Avignon.  A bullet went clean through (more…)

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