This beautiful vineyard at Les Arcs-sur-Argens is a must-visit, not just for its natural beauty and acclaimed wines, but also for the outstanding Chapelle Sainte-Rosaline in the grounds.  It not only contains artistic gems (Giacometti and Chagall), but also the 680-year  old  body of the saint herself, reposing in the nave in a glass case.  So who was she?

Rosaline born in 1263 was a child of a local aristocratic family, noted for her piety and practical help for the poor. One    day, her father caught her secreting bread to the needy in her apron, but when challenged, she let go of the apron and out fell rosesContinue Reading »


The large annual vide grenier is back to being held in the Cours Sextius again – it takes place all day Sunday 15th October.

Great fun if you like rooting for bargains! 

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the sculptures on show around the port at Saint-Tropez – it seems that other communities are promoting open-air exhibits to delight visitors – and prolong the tourist season.

Lovely Mougins is one such community. Their ‘Monumental’ exhibition which I have only just come across runs until Sunday 15th October – so this would be a brilliant time to visit this ancient village.  It’s the 3rd such exhibition they have had, and the sculptures are dotted through the tiny ‘places’ and passageways.

I will look out for this next year and post it more promptly!

If you do go to Mougins, don’t forget to visit the wonderful Musee d’Art Classique Mougins, posted here: https://aixcentric.com/2016/11/12/an-unmissable-new-museum-in-mougins/

It was opened by Christian Levett, a British businessman fascinated by Classical Art, and it now has over 700 artworks.

All sorts of Egyptian, Greek and Roman pieces are displayed next to, and in dialogue with, some one hundred drawings, paintings and sculptures by Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Henri Matisse and Picasso.  It really is different and I thoroughly recommend a visit!

This weekend also provides the last chance to see ‘Sisley the Impressionist’ at the Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix.

Their next exhibition is ‘Botero: Dialogue with Picasso’ which begins on 24th November.

They say, ” 80 masterpieces of Botero and Picasso! The exhibition will present the Columbian master’s rich oeuvre from a unique perspective, through the prism of his artistic and cultural affinities with Pablo Picasso. Botero’s imaginary dialogue with the great master of modern painting draws its inspiration from shared roots and pays an eloquent tribute to Picasso”. 

Here is a taste of Botero’s work:



‘The Times’ on Saturday had a fascinating article about a stand-off in the world of French linguistics which is pitting  gender-neutral campaigners against the strict traditionalists.

‘Ecriture inclusive’ has been launched to stop the masculine gender dominating written French.  It has been backed by the department for equal rights which calls the masculine ending ‘sexual tyranny’.  So, a middle dot would be included to make the word gender-neutral.  Talking about a group of friends for instance, the French call them ‘amis’ if one male is involved.  ‘Amies’ is only used when the group is all-female.  The new method would use the term ami.e.s.  (Sorry WordPress won’t let me do ‘middle-dots’ ….yet!)

Here are some other examples which I have pasted  in:

intellectuel  intellectuelle  intellectuel·le
 musicien  musicienne  musicien·ne
 représentés  représentées  représenté·e·s


Maybe it is catching on as President Macron’s En Marche party have just adopted the slogan ‘Vos député.e.s en marche’.  And apparently next year keyboards will be available with a middle-dot key.

Interested?  Read more  here: http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2017/10/07/egalite-femmes-hommes-l-ecriture-dite-inclusive-un-sujet-qui-divise_5197770_3224.html






This weekend, 14th and 15th October, the Musée Provençal des Transports Gare de la Barque at Fuveau is holding their 12th Steam Engine festival.

There will be vintage cars, old engines, rides, and the opportunity to travel on the Petit Train de Sainte Victoire (clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iuwGbjT4Ho)

Price:  5€ individual/10€ for a family ticket for 2 adults + 2 children/ free for the under 5s. 

Details : 06 10 39 24 22 – http://www.cppva.com/ 

Next weekend (7th-8th October) sees the annual Fete de la Courge in Rians in the Var, and it is one of my favourite village festivals: mainly as it is so very un-English. Continue Reading »

Photo Festival in Aix

The 18th Phot’Aix is about to begin, both with a major exhibition and a trail which leads people around town from venue to venue.

The major exhibition this year, Regards Croisés,  features 5 contemporary Chinese and 5 French photographers working on similar themes: at the Cloitre des Precheurs.

Then there’s the usual parcours or trail, this year visiting the work of 24 photographers around 23 venues.

Both start on the 5th October and run until the year end.

Press release here: cp_PhotAix2017

Thanks to Patrick for sending this info to Aixcentric!