The Musée Cantini has recently re-opened and is hosting an exhibition of paintings from Glasgow’s Burrell Collection, itself now closed for renovation. Continue Reading »

Just a reminder that tomorrow, being the last Sunday of the month, La Canebiere will be traffic-free.  And once you have enjoyed some music, dancing, street food and browsed the market, it’s a good opportunity to explore paintings from Glasgow’s Burrell Collection at the Musée Cantini (next post) or the impressive Ai Weiwei expo at MuCEM.



If you are one of the many many locals who enjoy eating at Mana Espresso and admire the enterprising young Brits who started it, then this is for you! Continue Reading »

A very participative event will be taking place in Aix on Sunday, based on the forthcoming opera ‘Orfeo & Majnun’.  I learn that this is a mix of two legends, the western Orpheus and Eurydice, and the eastern Layla and Majnun.  There will be a free performance of the opera on the 8th July at 22:00hrs.

But first, on Sunday 24th, we are invited to make fantastic animals at workshops (from 15:30), then parade them down the cours Mirabeau (from 19:00)!

All part of the Festival Aix-en-Provence’s community reach.  Details are here: Depliant Orfeo.BD

The next post will give you a super suggestion for brunch beforehand…..

On Saturday, as in many towns locally, the Fete de Saint-Jean will be celebrated in Aix. Very much a Provencal custom, it will culminate in a bonfire into which participants can place little pieces of wood containing a wish.


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Tomorrow it’s the summer solstice and of course the Fete de la Musique which takes place across France.  Continue Reading »

…seems that Le Lunch at the Calanque of Sormiou has been bull-dozed.  It was right on the edge of the sea in this stunningly beautiful location – read here http://www.le-grand-pastis.com/restaurant-lunch-detruit-sormiou/

So if you want to eat here, the alternative is Le Chateau which is, thankfully for us all, perched up on a little hill and therefore out of the way of the Loi Litteral.

It’s a great place to eat especially if you bag a table on the edge of the terrace.  And then you can have a nice paddle afterwards! Le Chateau was the home of a literary family who also owned the cabanons nearby. (http://www.tourisme-marseille.com/fiche/le-chateau-comtesse-marie-de-sormiou-restaurant-a-marseille/)

Incredibly, it has no water supply or electricity.

Details You have to phone for a reservation, which gives you permission to drive your car through the barrier at the head of the calanque.  This is the road you drive down – what an experience!