Archive for the ‘Patrimoine’ Category

For new arrivals in town, what nicer than a one hour trip from the Vieux Port to admire the key sites and hear their history? (more…)

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The British press has been fulsome in its praise of the Musée de la Romanité in Nimes which opened in June – I couldn’t wait to visit.


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A photo expo ‘Les Paralleles New York-Martigues’ – intriguing title

A new environmental art show at the Musee Ziem

The Fete de la Chataigne

Work on the big bridge, post-Genoa – an update (more…)

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Fete de la Courge

This weekend (13th and 14th October) sees the annual Fete de la Courge in Rians in the Var, and it is one of my favourite village festivals: mainly as it is so very un-English.  It is an excellent opportunity to see a work-a-day Provencal village, totally non-touristy, celebrating local produce. Who knew there were so many types of pumpkins and squashes?

There is lots of fun to be had – especially the displays in the Salle des Fetes: you can admire the largest pumpkins or the ones with the strangest shapes.  Over a hundred courge-themed stalls crowd the narrow streets and there is fun for children too:  fishing plastic vegetables out of the village fountain is one traditional and popular game.

food6Pumpkin soups and casseroles are served at long tables in the village centre – get there early though as they ran out quite quickly last time we went.

It’s all well organised with parking in a massive nearby field.


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I recently posted about both MuCEM and the museums in Avignon wheeling out  items from their archives, and now it looks like the three municipal museums in Aix are getting in on the act:  their theme is vegetation. (more…)

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…you may be interested in the new space opened in the Fort Saint-Jean in July. 

(c) MuCEM, Gabriel Popoff


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Most museums have massive amounts of ‘stuff’ filed, heaped, mounded away in archives, basements and

warehouses.  The question is: what do they do with it all?

It really is an issue: Marseille’s MuCEM inherited the contents of the Musée National des Arts et Traditions Populaires in Paris and now has around one million items.  Over in Avignon, the town’s museums can only show 10% of their treasures at any one time.

Both, right now, are exhibiting items from their reserves, but in very different ways.  MuCEM have introduced a programme based on the alphabet, choosing one item per letter, and based on a theme.  In the spring it was ‘Amour’ and from this week, ‘Animaux’.  Meanwhile, in Avignon, the very creative local designer Christian Lacroix has been given the run of the basements to choose whatever appealed to his discerning eye. (more…)

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