Rebecca Ronane’s group ‘Network Provence’ is going from strength to strength since it began in 2015.  Here are the next three meetings.

Tuesday, January 23. Le 9 theatre Avignon 14.00 – 16.00 Networking for women a chance for you to promote your business, project, blog or simply socialise, including a mini presentation by Sophie Bergeron (https://www.travelinprovence.net)on how to pair wine with chocolate.

Tuesday, February 13. Ibis Hotel Aix en Provence 15.00-17.00  Networking for women, an opportunity for you to promote your business, project, blog and socialise with a mini presentation about Happiness by Trudi Bannister author of Built for Bliss, www.trudibannister.com

Friday, March 23.NG Art Creative Residency Eygalieres, Mas des Pelerins Provence, France  12-14.30  Networking for women, an opportunity for you to promote your business, project, blog and socialise with an introduction by Nicky Ginsberg to NG Art Creative http://www.ngart.com.au there will be a light lunch included in this meeting

Rebecca writes, ‘If you have paid the yearly 50€ these meetings are included, if not the cost is 10€ all meetings must be reserved and can be paid for by going to this page http://networkprovence.com/membership/

Have a look at the website – it is a very lively group and the meetings are friendly.  Great for promoting your business and supporting other women!


On Sunday, January 21, 2:30 at the Renaissance Hotel, there will be a broadcast of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Follies’.  The production had terrific reviews when it showed at London’s National Theatre.  Here is a short taster:

Summary: New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.
Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors). Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night MusicSweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.
The link to purchase tickets is  https://www.weezevent.com/follies.  As always, please bring the printout  of your ticket and all your friends.

Date:  Sunday 21st January, 2:30.  (NB there will be no interval).

Venue: Renaissance Hotel, Aix.

Finally got myself to Venelles to try out the Centre Aquatique Sainte Victoire …and had a lovely swim, once I’d figured out what to do with my ticket (goes in metro-style gate), how to negotiate the ‘zone de déchaussage’, how to work the key-pads on the lockers and finally how to find the pool itself (lots of doors, nearly ended up in the gents). Continue Reading »

…except in Paris there isn’t a handy quarry so they have adapted a nineteenth-century iron foundry to convert into a massive space for projecting moving images along with themed music.

It is being morphed from this:

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As most of you living in and around Aix will know, the region has long been associated with Mary Magdalene the companion of Jesus who, according to legend, was driven out of Palestine during early Christian persecutions.  She was expelled together with other saints in a boat without sails which pitched up at Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the Camargue.  After preaching around Marseille, she came to the Sainte-Baume mountain where she lived and worshipped in a cave.

Remains believed to be those of Mary Magdalene rest in the crypt  of the basilica at Saint-Maximin.  They intrigue all who visit them, and now two French scientists have used computer modelling of the skull and facial recognition technology to create a picture of the person. Continue Reading »

Actor Daniel Craig spent the New Year holiday in Provence, arriving at Avignon in his private plane.  All at first went well: he visited Isle sur la Sorgue for some antiques-browsing and then went with his family and friends to Arles in search of lunch.  Continue Reading »

Pablo Picasso, Le Baiser, 1925
Huile sur toile, 130 x 97,7 cm
Musée national Picasso, Paris
© Agence photo RMN-GP
© Succession Picasso, 2017

More on Picasso in that his work has been chosen to be the co-subject of the summer show at Aix’s Musée Granet.

‘Picasso/Picabia’ begins on June 9th and runs through to 23rd September.  It promises to be an intriguing juxtaposition of two very different artists working in the south of France.

This is part of the ‘Picasso Mediterranée’ programme which includes:

– ‘Picasso La Suite Vollard’, Centre d’Art La Malmaison, Cannes. Current. This beautiful gallery on La Croisette is showing 100 prints created between 1930-1937 which emphasise his purity of line, and reflect the artist’s fascination with mythology.

– ‘Botero Dialogue Avec Picasso’ at the Caumont Centre d’Art, Aix. Current.

– ‘Picasso Voyages Imaginaires’ in Marseille.  A series of shows at the Vieille Charité, MuCEM and the Théatre de la Criée.  From 16th Feb 2018 – 24th June.

– Picasso et Maitres Espagnols at Carrieres de Lumieres, Les Baux, starts 2nd March .

I read that Picasso had created some 65,000 works during his long career (paintings, ceramics, sculptures, prints, illustrations…).

IMPORTANT NOTE: the Musee Picasso at Antibes is a wonderful place to see his work – the items on show were produced during 1946, after the war, when the artist was literally feeling liberated, and also emotionally happy with Francoise Gilot.  This lightness really comes through in his art shown here.  But check their website if you want to visit as there are renovations afoot.  Here is the current status: Warning, due to renovation works in 2018 :
January to March, the 2nd floor (Picasso collection) will be closed.
April to June, the 1st floor (contemporary collection of the works of Nicolas de Stael) will be closed.

Happily for us in Aix, the works of Nicolas de Stael will be on show at the Caumont Centre d’Art from May 4th…but that’s for another post.

For more details on the Picasso shows: https://picasso-mediterranee.org/index.html#en/map/