Archive for the ‘Patrimoine’ Category

Organised by the Tourist Office of Gardanne, this programme of visits to local enterprises is in its 4th year.  Now it has expanded to cover the wider Metropole area and has 70 activities on offer. The theme is industrial and scientific tourism. (more…)

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‘My Provence’ is the useful website from the Bouches-du-Rhone PR people so thanks to them for this arts guide for the coming year.  (more…)

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Earlier in the week, I watched as a large platane was taken down near Michel’s and the café Roi Rene at the top of the cours Mirabeau.   Difficult to get close because of the safety barriers, but it did look like there were significant holes in the trunk.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, trees have been attacked by chancre coloré which means that they, and others in a 30m radius, have to be removed.

Out for a walk this morning, now the rain has stopped, I counted the number of original trees left in the cours Mirabeau, with startling results. (more…)

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I was fascinated to learn, when researching my book ‘Aix-en-Provence, the Inside Story’, that the concierge at the Hotel Caumont led a dangerous life, heavily involved with the Resistance, even allowing them to carry out weapons training in the basement.  She was Helene Ardevol and her bravery is commemorated with a plaque beside the main gates.

Visuel : Jeannot Juès et Aimé Ardevol en 1944 sur les marches de l’Hôtel de Caumont – D.R. Photo Odette Ardevol.

On Friday evening, the actions of the Aix Resistance will be the subject of a talk, which will include the testimony of Jean-Marie Juès, one of those young people involved.

Friday 1st Feb, 18:30https://www.caumont-centredart.com/fr/carte-blanche

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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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(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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The not-to-be-missed traditional Marche des Rois takes place on Sunday 13th January.parade-for-three-kings-jp


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