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. Continue Reading »

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The Cézanne / Kandinsky show at Les Baux has had its opening date postponed again. Continue Reading »

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. Continue Reading »

Arles on TV

Caesar’s head was in the Rhone

…tonight.  Just discovered that Le Tresor du Rhone is on France 5 at 20:50.  Continue Reading »

Free Daily Concert


…is all yours from Aix’s Festival de Paques which takes place annually at the Grand Theatre de Provence and other venues in town.  Every evening at 20:30, from Saturday 27th March to 21st April.  An Easter treat!

Programme here: https://festivalpaques.com/en

High drama in Arles on Tuesday during a photo-shoot at the Roman Arena when three bulls got seriously spooked. Continue Reading »

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. Continue Reading »

Who has stolen Josette’s eggs?

That’s the Easter challenge for 2-10 year olds who, armed with a map from the tourist office, can follow 3 trails round the shop-windows in centre ville to find the 3 thieves.  Prizes to be won! Until 4th April.

If like me, you haven’t been out to Chateau Lacoste during the pandemic, here are some of the items that have been added to their artwork trail.  As regulars will know, this beautiful domaine which stretches across 200 hectares is an outstanding place for a walk in the fresh air.  Tickets are 15€ and you are given an explanatory leaflet with a map to take you round the 37 exhibits.

« The marriage of New York and Athens » by Frank Gehry and Tony Berlant 2019
L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui | Château La Coste : The Marriage of New York and Athens. | L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui
« Circle of Riverstones » by Richard Long 2019
Découvrez la nouvelle oeuvre "Circles of... - Château La Coste | Facebook
«  Wish Trees » Yoko Ono 2019 – no photo
« Schism » by Conrad Shawcross 2020
Conrad Shawcross Schism (Château La Coste), [2020] » Conrad Shawcross
« Drawing gallery «  Richard Rogers 2020