Fire broke out early this morning (30 Nov) at the historic café in Aix, Les Deux Garcons.

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So easy to get side-tracked at this time of year, so a reminder about this very unusual market which takes place in Aix each Christmas.  Special call out for our twin-town of Bath who have lots of English goodies that sell out so very quickly each year.

Dec 4 is the feast of Sainte-Barbe and the traditional day for planting your blé d’ésperance.

If you are new to the area, this is the mix of seeds sold in little packets everywhere in town for 1€. The custom is to germinate the seeds on damp fabric on the window-sill so that you soon have lovely green shoots. You tie a red satin ribbon around them and place them on your Christmas Eve table as a pretty Provençal centrepiece and to ensure prosperity for the following year. Continue Reading »

…seasonal fun ahead at the 5-star Hotel Piggonet in  Aix.  The patinoire will be open Dec 4th – Jan 19 and after a session on the ice, skaters can indulge in hot chocolate, vin chaud and gaufres gourmandes.

Cost: 15 € for over 15s, 10€ 6-14.  Times: https://www.aixenprovencetourism.com/fr/fiche/35065/

…with 68 events featuring Corsican, Armenian, Gospel and Cossack choirs.  Most are in Marseille, but there are dates for locations around the Bouches-du-Rhone, with each choir performing once in Aix. Continue Reading »

Sunday December 1st.

The Musee des Tapisseries is exhibiting the work of local father (painter Marcel Albert) and son (ceramicist Marc Albert) who used  to be, respectively, a hairdresser and dancer before dedicating themselves to art.  Meanwhile, over at the Pavillon de Vendome, women artists, previous exhibitors, have been invited to return to show new work in ‘Elles reviennent!’

Both museums are open 10-12:30 and 1.30-6.




Picard in Aix have just stocked up with their buches de Noel, lots of seasonal canapés and their usual festive desserts.

These delightful Oursons Glacés were a big hit yesterday with petit-fils Aixcentric, and their centre-piece for the Christmas table, Le Fabuleux Sapin made from mousse, ganache and meringue looks stylish.

Some Picard products are available in the UK via Ocado, but I can’t find these on their online catalogue…..what a shame!