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A couple of ideas here for the coming weekend. (more…)

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Visitors to Aix have, since 1990, been able to follow in the footsteps of Cezanne courtesy of 3,500 markers in the pavements and footpaths, as he wended from home to studio to painting sites…and then to cafes in town after a long day at the easel.

Now the Tourist Office have launched an app, based on their brochure, ‘Sur Les Pas de Cézanne’.  ‘Experience Cézanne with your smartphone’, we are invited. (more…)

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Hot town summer in the city, back of your neck getting dirty and gritty?

If so, you might like what Marseille and Aix have done to soften their urban environments this sweltering summer.
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Access to the Calanques National Park is being controlled this summer due to damage to the ecosystem caused by the burgeoning numbers of visitors, and due to increasing fire risks.  (more…)

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There’s only one island in the Bouches-du-Rhone with trees and that’s the Ile Verte, off the coast of La Ciotat.  It’s just a 10 minute hop by navette from the Vieux Port of La Ciotat to this tiny island which is just 430x260m.

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Here’s an idea for a splendid day out in Provence right now – the tourists have in the main gone home and there are still sunny days to enjoy.

Boating on the lower gorges du Verdon isn’t as well known as Lac St Croix but all the better for that in terms of easy parking and access to boats.  And it’s very beautiful.

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La Madeleine, Aix’s largest church, closed in 2007 for much-needed renovations.  When I visited prior to this, it was gloomy, criss-crossed with cracks, and smelled fusty.  The work was due to be finished by 2014, but is still closed. I had wondered when walking past what was holding things up.  It seems not much, literally. (more…)

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The new Frank Gehry designed tower opens to the public on Saturday 26 June.

Long-time Aixcentric followers will have read about the development of the old SNCF railway sheds and shunting yards into LUMA Arles, a stylish arts centre, funded by Swiss industrialist and art-lover Maja Hoffman.

Hopefully the photo below will give you an idea of the scale of the ‘Parc des Ateliers’ site:  the large building with the blue-grey roof was a factory for making engines, and has been open for a couple of years for exhibitions.  Then there are various industrial buildings which were being converted when we visited, and past them (to the left of the photo), the new tower designed by US Architect Frank Gehry.   The whole 20-acre site will be a centre for studios, workshops, research, exhibitions, and link into the annual ‘Les Rencontres d’Arles’ photography show which takes over every square inch of space in the old town each summer, barring pandemics.

Reservations are necessary.

Full details are here: https://mailchi.mp/ae2aa955220b/j-8806802?e=22370d79db

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Art in Aix Gardens

The coming weekend sees the welcome return of Les Flaneries d’Art, the annual two-day programme of artists, craftspeople, musicians and actors performing in gardens in centre ville.  This year there are 19 performers in 6 gardens which open specially for this event.

A excellent opportunity for a peek behind all those high walls and locked gates!

Programme link here: https://www.aix-en-oeuvres.com/flaneries-2021/

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