Over the last year, I’ve dropped in to classes in centre ville, run by Karina Vitiello.  She’s an enthusiastic teacher who also has fluent English which helps for explanations. So I was dismayed to see what happened to her flat. Continue Reading »

France, together with other French-speaking nations like Canada, has just launched its alternative to Netflix/Amazon Prime.

TV5MondePlus gathers together popular films, TV shows and documentaries, which are subtitled in 5 languages: English, French, German, Spanish and Arabic.

Continue Reading »

To mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the Louvre in Paris organised a grand retrospective which would have normally been the highspot of 2020 for art-lovers.

But access to the 120 items (paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculptures) was given to the cameras of Pathé Live and their film will be shown across France, 16-22 September.  Your ‘visite privée’ is at the Cezanne from Wednesday. https://www.lescinemasaixois.com/films/une-nuit-au-louvre-leonard-de-vinci

The opening date was set for 2021, but after four years of negotiations, the Aix authorities have decided not to proceed with the deal to establish a major museum in the old Prêcheurs convent. Continue Reading »

This coming Sunday, 13th September, is the annual Assogora, the fair when over 400 associations set up stall to publicise their activities.  You will find opportunities to take part in sports, dance, charitable groups, language classes, music, painting, activities to suit all ages and all interests. 10-18:00 hrs. Website:  http://assogora.org/

In the cours Mirabeau and surrounds, 11-17:00hrs.

Masks obligatory.

Each year, there’s an opportunity in Aix to push open the doors of some of the most elegant and private-looking townhouses to visit their gardens.  The special weekend is usually in June, but this year, the Flaneries d’art takes place at the end of this week. Continue Reading »

Here’s an update from Jules Farber: ‘The real estate developer went ahead in demolishing two wings of the house in which James Baldwin had his office and living space. The remaining building now serves for pool equipment and other technical installations plus a caretaker’s apartment.’
Instead there is: LE JARDIN DES ARTS : 18 luxury apartments built around a large outdoor pool on 2.3 hectares of landscaped gardens . Sea view.  Situated short stroll from Saint-Paul de Vence.

Continue Reading »

A focus on James Baldwin by the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. has resulted in a digital treasure trove of material being made available including two texts from local author Jules Farber.

Farber “discovered,” by chance, the black author’s little-known home in Saint-Paul de Vence in southern France where he lived during the last 17 years of his life until his death there in 1987. To know about Baldwin’s happy stay in Saint-Paul, Farber interviewed over 70 Baldwin friends ranging from village people to international celebrities including Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, Angela Davis and others who regularly came to visit him. Continue Reading »

I  have to admit I fell for the poster – but also the topic.

This exhibition focuses on portraits of women – as godesses, allegorical figures, courtesans, mothers, wives, lovers; but also woman as a painter, here represented by Artemisia Gentilieschi, with work taken from the museum’s collection.

Artemisia is also the subject of an exhibition opening next month at London’s National Gallery.

The Musee de la Castre is part of Cannes’ old town – great views and little restaurants nestled around the foot of the hill.  Until 15th November.


Learning French In Aix

If starting French, or improving your level, is on your rentrée to-do list, here’s an offer from Chantal and Fabienne at Destination Francais.  They teach small groups or give one-to-one classes in cafes in Aix and write:

We can offer you : Continue Reading »