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It’s hard to talk when your mouth is full of yummy, sugar free dark chocolate spread! I can’t get enough of the ‘Paté a Tartiner sans sucre’. Perfect to spread on toast, writes Susan Gish.  I stood there and watched Christophe, my confiture guy at the market – for about an hour. He was jammin’, haha, but I did manage to talk to him in between customers. He is so charming, friendly, and passionate about his product. He smiles all the time. He really enjoys talking to every single person. Children, older people. Those from Aix and tourists from all over. 

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The monthly street-party this Sunday in Marseille sounds too good to miss.

One theme is Rugby and visitors can literally have a try on the specially constructed pitch, 25x10m, at the bottom of the Canebiere which is newly pedestrianized. Lots of animators to show how it’s done.

Elsewhere, there are workshops for Circus arts with opportunities for children to learn new skills. Programme here: https://quefaireenfamille.com/dimanches-de-canebiere/

Plus the usual produce market, street-food sales, games, and more and more restaurants open.  If you come in from Aix, parking under MuCEM is easy on a Sunday and you have a nice walk by the Vieux Port to reach the action.

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More on Buffalo Bill!

My post on Buffalo Bill grabbed people’s attention and I was warmly recommended the books of James Welch who wrote about the era:  (more…)

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A lady contacted me recently for dates for the 2020 Sunday Antiques Market in the Cours Mirabeau.  I couldn’t find anything online so dropped into the tourist office for details. (more…)

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Plage Notre-Dame, one of Europe’s top beaches…at Porquerolles

If you are relaxing tomorrow afternoon, Sunday 9th Feb, the excellent documentary series Thalassa is featuring two places not far from Aix.  The first half hour looks at Toulon, specifically its naval base, Europe’s  largest. The base for France’s air-craft carriers and 6 nuclear submarines, over 23,000 people work there.  Then the focus shifts to the lovely island of Porquerolles where a couple from Marseille have been renovating a fort.  15:15-16:15. https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/provence-alpes-cote-d-azur/var/toulon/thalassa-ce-dimanche-vous-fait-decouvrir-base-navale-toulon-porquerolles-1783967.html

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This old post-card of the Halle aux Graines was a new addition to my collection.  I was firstly surprised how run-down the building was but then intrigued to spot a poster in a ground-floor window relating to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show of all things!  What was the background to this unexpected visitor to town? (more…)

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It’s a year since the Cours Sextius was so suddenly closed to traffic: the inhabitants of numbers 90-98 were given just half an hour to collect what belongings they could, and leave their homes which were in danger of imminent collapse. (more…)

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