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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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Dec 4 is the feast of Sainte-Barbe and the traditional day for planting your blé d’ésperance.

If you are new to the area, this is the mix of seeds sold in little packets everywhere in town for 1€. The custom is to germinate the seeds on damp fabric on the window-sill so that you soon have lovely green shoots. You tie a red satin ribbon around them and place them on your Christmas Eve table as a pretty Provençal centrepiece and to ensure prosperity for the following year. (more…)

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Marseille. 

Such a great city with so many aspects that are truly unique.  If you want to explore Marseille, and its surrounds, from lots of different view-points, have a look at the kaleidoscope of activities offered by Marseille Autrement.  There are walks, talks, meetings, meals in out-of-the-way restos, conferences….so many opportunities to deepen your knowledge of this fascinating city.  This organisation really does lift the curtain and take you behind the scenes.

Here is the current list to give you an idea of their activities, some free, others with a small fee: https://www.marseille-autrement.fr/sorties

Thanks to Robert W for recommending this to Aixcentric!

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All of a sudden it seems that Christmas is upon us and Aix really celebrates Christmas in style.

Here are the main festive markets (more…)

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It’s a sign of the times that people are reclaiming the streets from the remorseless  increase in traffic and it’s no different in Marseille’s main thoroughfare La Canebiere which is going from this:

 

to this:

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Another opportunity for boating is at the Lac de Quinson which is on the border of the Var and the Alpes de Haute Provence.  It’s all part of the waterway which runs from Sainte-Croix to Gréoux-les-Bains.

It’s very beautiful and we saw heron, dragonflies, lots of fish and ducks.  We hired an electric boat but there are pedalos and canoes which are cheaper.  You are given a map showing various features to look out for and timings are indicated on it.  For instance,IMG_1071

you should allow 3:30 hrs in an electric boat to get to and from the village of Esparron.   We just did a 1:30 trip which seemed perfect.

Le fils Aixcentric who does this sort of thing often thinks this is a better bet than Sainte-Croix as it gets so busy in the summer; though this company is very popular during the school holidays too.

There is a picnic park at the departure point and a buvette.  Apparently they sell honey or lavender ice-cream but it was shut when we were there…best take a picnic.

Details:  Location-Nautic, Montmeyan Plage, 83670 Montmeyan; tel: 04 92 74 40 76.  https://www.location-bateaux-verdon.com/fr/autour-du-verdon/le-lac-de-quinson-pedalo-canoe-bateau-electrique-et-activites-ludiques

Life-jackets provided.  They are operating, apparently, until Nov but check before travelling there.

 

 

 

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