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Sanary is one of the most beautiful coastal villages and its International Rosé Festival promises to make it even more stylish next weekend.


Take a look at some of the images from previous years… 

This year, it is running over 3 days:  10-12th May, 10-18:00hrs each day.  There will be 71 exhibitors, promoting their rosés and 80,000 people are expected at this open-air event. The all-important ‘kit de dégustation’ including a branded wine-glass for tastings will be 10 euros, valid for all three days.

There will be music, guided history walks and trips around the bay on the celebrated multi-coloured pointus. To add to the fun this year will be ‘un parcours arty’ with 12 artists doing live street art.

What an absolutely fabulous way to spend a day!




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It’s a busy day in prospect with:

Formula One cars and films in Aix

Cheese and Honey in Fuveau

and a Bal Patriotique in Marseille.


Let’s start in Aix with the free Formula One roadshow.


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If you are planning a trip over to Les Baux-de-Provence to see the magnificent Van Gogh show at the Carrieres de Lumieres, here is an additional treat from the delightful Musée Yves Brayer. (more…)

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Regular Aixcentric readers will already know the tradition of giving lilies-of the-valley to family and friends on May Daythis post is for new arrivals and the many new followers of Aixcentric.

Right across France, tradition has it that if someone offers you a sprig of lily of the valley, it will bring good luck. Apparently, over 60 million ‘brins de muguet’ are sold in France every year, and it’s a boon for charities and labour organisations who are allowed to sell bouquets of lily of the valley, tax-free, on the streets.

The problem is that it’s a nice little earner for all and sundry and so the Mairie in Aix has emphasised that it is for charitable or neighbourhood organisations only, and has published the following rules:

  • Sales only on May 1st
  • Must be over 100m from any florist shop
  • No tables or chairs; can’t sell from a bike, car or pram
  • Must be a simple ‘brin de muguet’, so no added flowers, plants, pottery etc.  Just a straightforward cellophane wrap.

Not that the sellers in Aix last year seemed to be taking much notice of any of this….

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There’s a special opportunity to go backstage at the Marseille Opera, during 3-5th May, as part of the national ‘Tous a l’Opera’ programme. (more…)

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The latest in the series of Les Dimanches de la Canebiere’ takes place  on Sunday.  These events have been created to bring people back to the town centre and seem to be getting more and more popular. Lots of activities for the family too – dance, music, games, market – here’s the programme: 2019.04.17_depliant_d2k-complet

We normally park at the MuCEM parking which is really easy on a Sunday.

Remember too that the new Jean Dubuffet expo has started at MuCEM : https://aixcentric.com/2019/04/24/dubuffet-in-marseille/

and the navettes maritimes (water buses) are running: https://aixcentric.com/2019/04/24/vieux-port-navettes-maritimes-to-start-again-this-weekend/


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First, as we are Aixcentric, let’s start in town with the annual Aix Carnaval which takes place (more…)

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