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This annual celebration of European heritage is always a high spot in the calendar in Aix with special events and ‘portes ouvertes’ across town. (more…)

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It’s incredible to think that Princess Grace would have been 90 years old this year.  To celebrate, the palace has put on an exhibition based around the brief meeting between Grace, then a well-known actress visiting Cannes, and Rainier, a prince in search of a bride.  At the same time, you get a tour of the palace.  The exhibition closes on October 15th, as does the palace as far as visits are concerned until next spring.

Monaco is a long drive from Aix, but do-able in a day, and a fascinating place to visit.  More on visiting the palace here:  https://www.palais.mc/en/visits-of-the-palace-online-booking-1-31.html

Afterwards, you can wander down to the Cathedral where the marriage took place, and where they are buried.

Lots to do in town of course: https://www.monte-carlo.mc/fr/visites/office-tourisme-monaco/

 

 

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Unlike a trip to Les Goudes (see last post) which isn’t particularly child-friendly, some days you just want a bucket-and-spade day where little ones can scoot their scooters, pedal their trikes or ride along in prams. Suddenly the stunning Calanque d’En Vau doesn’t seem such a good idea…..

Les Lecques is on a sweeping (mainly) sandy bay with a wide esplanade, a little port and a footpath on the jetty leading out to sea.  It has cafés, ice-cream or waffle stalls, a very shady playground, shops selling flipflops, snorkels, lilos; and parallel to the esplanade is a main street with a Spar and very good boulangerie.  All set for a family day by the sea. (more…)

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Just imagine this being the view from your lunch table.  That’s the pleasure of being in Les Goudes, a enjoyable boat-ride from Marseille’s Vieux Port.

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…..starting with the wild Sirocco wind that roared through the south of France on Friday.  Here in Aix, it brought down two branches in the little Place Saint-Honoré (up Cours Mirabeau, left before Café le Grillon, just along from Etam…)  Incredibly, they hit (more…)

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A busy weekend coming up with –

An ultra-stylish décor exhibition

Open gardens across the south of France

and a Festival for Aix’s talented children.

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A Bus tour south of the city

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Sunset apéros on board ‘un bar sur le mer’. (more…)

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