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Aix: Stylish Ceramics on Show

Let’s start with the Galerie Maison Dauphine in the Quartier Mazarin.  They are currently showing, amongst other exhibits, quirky pottery from Cécile Colombo – here’s what’s in the window.  This is an interesting gallery which also has 3 super-stylish little apartments to rent.  Friends stayed and recommended it! Details : www.galerie-maisondauphine.com

 

I recently visited Galerie A: Miriam Hartmann has ceramics by Cyrielle Pardigon for sale, starting at 16 euros. Popular….Miriam is currently restocking. Gallery details here: https://aixcentric.com/2018/12/08/galerie-a-tucked-away-in-aix/

 

Just outside Aix, this weekend sees a Winter Open Studio by Matilda Parker – details below.  (Thanks to Jules for sending this to Aixcentric).

 

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This event seems to get more popular each year – this morning there was a big queue of eager people waiting for the gates of the Parc Jourdan to swing open. In fact 30,000 people are expected to visit the 260 stalls.

It’s their 20th anniversary, over which time the organisers have noted changes in the world of interiors: the kitchen is now a living area, inside and outside blend together harmoniously, interior walls have come down and the stylish have a blend of the modern, vintage and travel-acquired objects.  And this show certainly caters for the stylish!

The central walkway has stands selling all  manner of tableware, pottery, glasses, fabrics and wall-coverings.  One very popular stand was Beija Flor who sell floor-coverings and table mats that look like traditional French tiles – people were queuing to buy them.

The garden section is useful – landscape designers, garden furniture, cool lighting, plus solutions for living in the sunny south like pergolas and sails.

Coté Saveurs is where you can eat – there are stalls selling patisseries, coffees, or juices; Aix&Terra has tartines and pasta dishes.  Bistro-style tables and chairs are dotted around for people snacking.

Loved the decoration of the Parc Jourdan.  The central pool is adorned with giant enamel poppies and the stairs have been transformed by Carocim.

The show is on tomorrow, Sunday and Monday, opening at 10 each day.

http://www.vivrecotesud.fr/

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A heads-up that this annual design extravaganza will be taking place in Aix’s Parc Jourdan this weekend.  Over 260 exhibitors will be showing furnishing, fabrics, lighting, brocante, kitchen items, tableware, and all sorts of inspiration for the house and garden.  Also:

  • Special products designed to celebrate this 20 year anniversary
  • ‘La Cuisine en Transmission’ – sessions from leading chefs describing the inspiration they have had from their families and the recipes passed down the generations
  • ‘Coaching Deco’ – 20 min workshops given by stylists who advise on how to ‘reinvent your home’.  Or you can book an individual 1-hr slot for 90€
  • Friday night is late-night (until 23:30) when the whole site will be illuminated – you could dine here too.

Details here: DP-VCS AIX-MARS 2018

 

 

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Did you know that Marseille has France’s oldest quincaillerie, or hardware shop?

It really is a must-visit if you are interested in traditional Provencal life.  Take the magnificent big hand-graters for instance – just the sort of gadget used in café kitchens many years ago for churning out carrots and cabbage for salads.  Then there are traditional crepe pans for sale, as well as Provencal jugs for the table.

See the original fittings in France’s oldest quincaillerie

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Marseille yesterday was strangely quiet with many shops and bars in the Panier closed.  Some had notices saying they were on holiday during January; other people explained that the wind was bad, there were no cruises in on a Tuesday, Mucem is closed on a Tuesday…and so on.

Happily, eventually, the pottery store, Memoire de Terre et Terroirs opposite the docks opened its doors towards mid-day – if you haven’t visited, do, as they  have a great range of Tunisian dishes, serving pots for tagines, jugs, plates at really modest cost.

They come in on the boats opposite, from Nabeul, which is the ceramics capital of the country.  If you like North African tableware, this is recommended.  We came out laden!

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So far, the centre of Aix has seemed busier than ever: we saw lots of visitors at the

The vin chaud is always a crowd-pleaser at the Aix Christmas market

Christmas market last weekend. As ever, the most popular chalets were (more…)

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If you haven’t visited the ‘International Twin Towns Market’ which starts tomorrow, get ready for a treat as it is quite different to the usual Christmas market.  And all I have to say to the Brits is ‘mince pies’!

Our twin town partners from around the world will be present with their local specialities, crafts, Christmas gifts and information about their particular towns.  As the OT explains, ‘it’s an attractive, colourful market, in a welcoming atmosphere where cultural dialogue is the order of the day’.

The German stall is usually brimming with gingerbread goodies but also pretty decorations; the Portugese and Italian stalls have wines, local produce and often pretty pottery, and yes, the ladies from Bath UK bring Christmas cakes and their terrific mince pies (usually gone on the first day!).

It’s all happening on the Allées Provençales, at Place François Villon, times on the poster above.  A lovely multicultural start to Christmas!

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