Archive for the ‘Patrimoine’ Category

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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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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