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As is usual on the first Sunday of September, Aix’s historical delicacy, the calisson will be celebrated in centre ville. This is the programme:

10:15 Mass at the Cathedral

11:30 Procession down to the Cours Mirabeau

14:00 Traditional singing and dancing

15:00 Procession via rue Cardinale to the church St Jean de Malte

15:10 Blessing (Benediction), followed by tasting in the Cours Mirabeau.

If you’re in town, this is a lovely opportunity to take part in this very Provencal event; terrific too for photographers.

More info here: http://www.benediction-calisson.com/


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Tomorrow, Friday 31st, sees the last of the summer evening markets ‘Les Nuits d’Aix 2018’ in the cours Mirabeau – it’s from 17-23:00 and a wonderful way to spend a warm evening in Provence. (more…)

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Thursday 28th:  the Patrouille de France aerobatic team is supposed to be doing a display above Aix tomorrow morning – no time given, so keep a look out….

Friday 29th, Saturday 30th, Sunday 1st: Aix Beach Volley in Les Allees Provencales.

Saturday 30thTown Vide Grenier at Trets

Sunday 1st-4th July: Fete du Cinema.  This is an event that takes place across France.  Entry is 4€ per film.

Sunday 1st July: Festival de la Gastronomie en Provence. Now in its 26th year, this is a meeting between renowned chefs, patissiers, wine-makers and local producers……and hungry diners who can sample the fare from the stalls and pop-up restaurants.  All the details are below….

What a range of activities for the coming weekend in and around Aix!

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It all started on Friday June 15th, when an official inspection revealed that the fish sellers on the quay of the Vieux Port hadn’t advertised their wares in Latin.

What?  I watched the TV news in astonishment. (more…)

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On Saturday, as in many towns locally, the Fete de Saint-Jean will be celebrated in Aix. Very much a Provencal custom, it will culminate in a bonfire into which participants can place little pieces of wood containing a wish.



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Now the summer has finally arrived, and before the schools break up, it’s the perfect time for a trip down to one of Marseille’s southerly beaches, Pointe Rouge. It’s sandy and sheltered and the life-guards are already in place. It was developed in the 60s, and the marina now hosts 1,800 boats.

It’s easily reached from the Vieux Port.  The navettes maritimes leave on the hour and cost just 5€ each way. It’s a thrilling journey through the harbour, out past Fort Saint-Jean, Mucem and the big car ferries and then down the coast. Takes 35-40 mins.

When I visited two year ago, we had lunch at O’Pedalo which was a well-known ‘pieds dans l’eau’ eaterie; but it  has been threatened with closure for some time now, under the Loi Litteral. This legislation was introduced to stop the development of private beach clubs in France in order to safeguard public access to the beaches. This has affected some establishments at Pointe Rouge like La Bonne Franquette which was closed down.  O’Pedalo didn’t look as though it was open when I visited a week ago but I’m not sure of their current status.  Maybe phone ahead if you want to visit?

But there are several simple restaurants lining the sands – they presumably are within the law in that they can be quickly dismantled at the end of the season.  They serve simple menus, salads and pizzas and various formules.

I have read that the beach at Pointe Rouge is absolutely heaving in the school holidays, so maybe now is a good time to hop on a boat down there for a pleasant lunch on the sand?

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Members of the Ballet Preljocaj will be performing on Friday evening at the Musée Granet during their Nocturne Dansée.  A good opportunity to check out the new Picasso-Picabia exhibition whilst enjoying some contemporary dance.  The museum will be open until 22:00, and the dancing will take place at 20 and 21:00hrs, each performance taking 35 minutes. (more…)

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