‘Lee Miller Photographe Professionelle’  focuses on one of the most intense and productive periods in the life of this intriguing (*) American photographer (1907–1977).

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which are run by the Aix Marseille Metropole.

Locally, this includes the Piscine Yves Blanc near the Torse, (pictured), and the Piscine Sainte-Victoire, a 10-minute drive away near Venelles.  This latter has a 50m outside pool with dazzling views of the mountain.  They are literally dazzling as the sun bounces off the surface of the water.  Cool customers sport swimming-sun-goggles, not something I knew existed…not generally needed in our UK pools!

Free until 15 August – Profitez!

That’s the offer from Tasha Powell and Barbara Pitcher, two creative north Americans who spend much of their time in Provence. Tasha works as a food stylist with celebrity chefs, cooking and styling for cookbook authors.  Food styling for TV and feature films is a major part of her work. She completed her Cordon Bleu program at a Michelin starred restaurant in the Luberon.  Barbara Pitcher is a well-recognized Canadian-Italian artist presently living in Provence, France, where her husband’s work drew her family eight years ago.  You have perhaps seen one of her exhibitions in the area? She started out in the fashion business, followed by a 25 year career in event planning worldwide.
The pair have found a beautiful riad as the base for the holiday which focuses on cooking, yoga, eating and enjoying the cultural opportunities in Marrakech including the Yves Saint-Laurent museum and the Jardin Majorelle.

What’s included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 healthy dinners at the riad including wine pairing and 3 lunches at the riad
  • 3 cooking workshops featuring Moroccan specialities:  tagines, pastille, salads
  • 7 yoga sessions (the last evening session will be a sound bath with Tibetan bowls)
  • Excursion to the Atlas Mountains in 4×4, lunch in a Berber guesthouse
  • Excursion to Jardin Majorelle and the YSL Museum
  • Spice Market tour; Souk & Medina tour
  • One dinner off-site with entertainment
  • Tax, transfers, tips
  • Transfers to and from the airport.

Dates: October 11-17th. Similar trips are planned for 2023, for Marrakech and Sicily.

Further information is available on their website above.  Note that flights aren’t included.

Marrakech is a stimulating, unforgettable destination.  This provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy it in the company of like-minded spirits.


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Next week, the fabulous Cirque de Soleil rolls into town, Aix’s Arena in fact, with its latest show ‘Corteo’.

Over 9 million spectators in 19 countries have seen their performances which are superb.  They encourage us to: ‘enter an enchanted world of illusions and beauty, and human beings who perform the feats of superheroes but in real life right in front of you. The show is fun and exciting, always engaging and frequently wondrous’.

Details: 27-31July; tickets from 51.40 euros. https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/france/aix-en-provence/corteo/buy-tickets

Hot town summer in the city, back of your neck getting dirty and gritty?

If so, you might like what Marseille and Aix have done to soften their urban environments this sweltering summer.
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Access to the Calanques National Park is being controlled this summer due to damage to the ecosystem caused by the burgeoning numbers of visitors, and due to increasing fire risks.  Continue Reading »

…apart of course from the 2 hr Sculpture and Architecture walk through their 600 acres of vineyards; then there are sweeping views right over to the mountains from the summit; and it all can be rounded off with a meal at one of their eating places, 3 restaurants and a café/ terrasse.

But this summer you can also see:

  1.  Recently installed, ‘Box Car’ by Bob Dylan

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Flowerworks that’s the theme for 10 museums and galleries across Nice from now until autumn. Continue Reading »

‘Tout en Fraicheur’ which opens today in Aix’s charming Maison Dauphine Gallery brings together 5 local artists to celebrate the summer season in Provence.  Here’s a taste of what you can see.

Sainte Victoire au Ciel Jaune, Clothilde Philipon


Vue Sur Mer by Cécile Colombo


Sur les Etageres Impeccables by Perrine Rabouin


As well as paintings, there will be photography and ceramics.  All at Maison Dauphine,  rue du 4 Septembre, Aix.

Good to know:  above the gallery, there are seriously styish studio apartments for visitors to Aix.