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ete 44The D-Day commemorations earlier this month captured world-wide attention; not so well-known perhaps was (more…)

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IMG_7428The sub-title of this ‘La Provence’ supplement is ‘L’Eté en Provence’ and they have grouped their 30 best restaurants for summer dining (more…)

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I have been waiting to find out what the results of the MP2013 European Year of Culture have been locally, as these events seem to have had some truly image-changing effects on some of the cities involved.  For instance, this is a long and fascinating piece on the impact on Derry which was the UK Culture Capital last year: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/dec/29/derry-city-of-culture-reawakened-idealism

IMG_6945Locally, we know that visitor numbers have been up 10%, hotel bookings were up 8% and there was lots of favourable international press. But what was the impact, according to the local tourist offices?  This publication ‘Tourisme: Le Bilan Verité’ tells all and it is fascinating!  Let’s start with the Tourist Office in Aix. (more…)

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Used to the typical British supermarket-scrum at Christmas, I was amazed arriving in Aix at the care and attention that goes into putting together the Provencal Christmas.  My new French friends would recommend this boulanger for the buche de Noel and that cave for the vin cuit.  I also learned about the treize desserts which have graced the table on Christmas Eve from time immemorial. 

But to my surprise this week, I read that these treize desserts are not all that traditional at all.  The current issue of A IMG_6474Table explains that (more…)

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Final post on Arles…and a recommendation to visit this ancient abbey which is showing some very modern art until 3rd November.

Flamboyant designer Christian Lacroix, who was brought up in Arles and loves the whole area, was brought in to curate (more…)

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I love my weekly Paris Match: it helps me keep up-to-date with France, has some good in-depth articles on international news and excellent photo-journalism. The current issue (see cover image) has, along with an article on why Anglo-Saxon women are falling for ‘le French Lover’ (looking at you Madonna, Scarlett, Nathalie and Halle Berry…) a thoughtful piece on Marseille.

What, they ask, is going on in Marseille? (more…)

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IMG_5706Loved the Tour de France, as did Aixcentric petit-fils who, aged 2,  soon got the hang of running for loot: key-rings, hats, sweets and madeleines.  It’s really solid brand-awareness. I remember after the last football World Cup, one of the UK marketing magazines researched brand retention amongst TV viewers and those who had been in the stadiums – and there was precious little recall. I guess that when you have been hit on the foot as I was (more…)

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