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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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Don’t forget the lovely Swedish celebration of  Santa Lucia tonight, 13th Dec, at the Cathedral –  Young Scandinavians process down the darkened aisle creating pools of flickering light with their candles.  Unmissable! 18:00hrs.  Afterwards, spiced wine is served at the Mairie.

Tomorrow sees nationally-renowned Aix pottery Atelier Buffile open a show of their work together with Poteries de Sejnane from Tunisia.  This is a group of 100 potteries, mainly Berber women who have been making kitchen pots and decorative items for generations.  Vincent Buffile went to work with them.  Both his work, their work, and collaborative projects will be on show.  The expo is at the beautiful medieval Cave aux Huiles, another reason to visit!Fri 14-18:00hrs, Sat and Sun 10-18:00hrs.  It is featured in the current issue of Coté Sud – read here: cs-12-2018

And finally there’s the Bravade Calendale on Sunday 16th: This is a Provencal traditional offering ‘la pompe de Noel’ (festive bread) to the town authorities.  Lots of traditional music, Provencal dancers and for some reason Italian flag-throwers. General Instagrammable melée. 11:00 in the cours Mirabeau; 14.30 at Mairie followed by procession through centre ville.

 

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Marseille has been working hard to get itself on the tourist ‘must-see’ list and the Tourist Office now offers many organised visits to different parts of this vibrant city.  Apart from the obvious sites, visitors can opt for food-tasting tours, street art walks, lunch on a cruise ship, or behind the scenes at the Marseille opera which includes a fascinating visit to the atelier where costumes are made.

Their new catalogue describes them for trip-organisers – but at the same time gives us individuals lots of ideas for outings!

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bleTomorrow, 4th December, is the feast day of Sainte Barbe and, as all good Provencals know, it’s the day to (more…)

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Two local French-teachers who run Destination Francais are once again offering a special pre-Christmas session where you can practise your French, discover Christmas traditions in Provence, taste some Christmas desserts and sing Christmas songs.

When: Thursday 13 December, From 9.30 to 11.30 AM

Includes :

tasting a variety of Christmas desserts,

a hot drink,

a booklet about Christmas traditions

written in French and English as well as a song book.

This workshop is in French and English

Minimum number of participants : 4/ Maximum number of participants : 12

Place : au restaurant le Jardin d’Amalula,  7 Rue Mignet, Aix en Provence

Subscription : destination.francais@ymail.com

Price : 30 euros. Payment is to be made before the workshop via French cheques or cash

Possibility to plan extra dates for groups on request.

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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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The bells at the cathedral in Aix rang out at 3pm, 100 years ago today, after 1561 days of silence, to mark the end of the fighting.  And by 6pm, the crowds were at the Rotonde to celebrate.

Of the 3000 men mobilised from Aix, 720 were dead, 190 disappeared and 500 left disabled. The story didn’t even end here for those left in the north of France. Despite having been away for four long years, the local regiment was involved in occupation and didn’t arrive back in town until 2nd September 1919.  What a homecoming that must have been.

But when I was writing my book (Aix-en-Provence: The Inside Story) and researching the chapter on the effect of World War 1 on Aix, itIMG_7013 seemed that there was some sort of controversy surrounding the troops from Provence but I couldn’t find details.

Then came ‘La Faute au Midi’, a new book and exhibition, which told it all and it was truly an appalling story.

Here is my post from 2014:

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