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Sometime around the year 340, a boat carrying gold coins, silver ingots, medals and other precious metals sank in 20m of water very close to its destination in Arles.  It was heading for one of 3 workshops in the Roman port to discharge its cargo.  The gold coins bore the head of the late emperor Constantine II and were to be melted down on the orders of his brother Constans I who preferred to have his own head on the coinage. (more…)

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Wise communities are shifting their emphasis on to the outdoors this summer – here are two current shows you might enjoy. (more…)

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Just found out that the annual wine festival is ON tomorrow in the Bouches-du-Rhone.

Lots of vineyards around Aix have tastings and special activities.  Good open-air activity if the weather holds.

Programme here:Dépliant-comité-13-2021

It’s not on their website so worth forwarding on to friends to enjoy the activities tomorrow?

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If you are in Paris right now, you may have caught the unexpected sight of some of the 240 4m x 3m ads pasted in metro stations advertising the delights of Aix-en-Provence. There are two visuals, with the same strapline: La Provence a Un Prenomet Mon Prenom C’est Aix and here they are: (more…)

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Eleven years.  That’s how long the Musée Arlaten has been closed for renovation but with the input of a leading architectural agency and the fabulous Arlesien designer Christian Lacroix, it certainly has style – just see the staircase.

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Easter Sunday Mass was celebrated at ‘La grotte de Sainte-Baume’ at the weekend to formally re-open the cave of Saint Mary Magdalene after its being closed for 10 months’ work. (more…)

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Now that the long-plannned Musée Picasso will no longer be moving into the old College des Precheurs building, the town council has put it up for sale on the open market.  And opposition parties are asking for details of the terms and conditions of the sale. (more…)

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Only just realised, after 18 years in Aix, that it’s actually someone’s job to clamber up narrow staircases and reach across the void inside the Tour de l’Horloge to manoeuvre the 4 statues round every 3 months when the season changes. (more…)

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That was the question posed by women who gathered in the Place de Verdun on Sunday afternoon.  As has so often been noted, in the town there are just two streets bearing women’s names: Marie Curie and Irma Moreau, as well as the place Jeanne d’Arc.  Time for a change!

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