My thanks to Juliet who has reminded me about this useful website, now it seems we are, once again, in the thick of strike action from various unions: http://www.cestlagreve.fr/

As far as the trains are concerned, here are the dates published.  Strikes begin at 19:00 the night before, and end 8:00 the day after the strike ends.

Month Strike days
April 3–4 / 8–9 / 13–14 / 18–19 / 23–24 / 28–29
May 3–4 / 8–9 / 13–14 / 18–19 / 23–24 / 28–29
June 2–3 / 7–8 / 12–13 / 17–18 / 22–23 / 27–28


When UK papers print their round-ups of 10/20/50 top beaches in Europe, Notre Dame beach at the island of Porquerolles usually features.  As it should – it’s lovely. And spring is a perfect time to visit.


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On my return from England, I posted on my shock at seeing the cours Mirabeau minus so many plane trees;

The view from outside the Renoir cinema looking up the cours

now it seems, even more may be going, as well as some in other parts of centre ville, all  infected by the chancre coloré. Continue Reading »

An English Book-sale and a puppet show featuring La Reine des Neiges!


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Lots of choice for outings this weekend: a major cartoon festival, ‘open-doors’ by artisans, free rally car racing or a purely Provencal goats festival. Continue Reading »

This celebration of France’s famous rocker begins on April 7th at the Chateau de la Buzine, the beautiful building bought by Marcel Pagnol back in 1941.  His dream of creating a centre for cinema has become real.

It’s in Marseille’s 11th arondissment, but standing as it does in 4 hectares of park, you could be in the country.

Details here: https://labuzine.com/fr

Some days ago, I read this comment on Aixcentric:

“In your very comprehensive survey of Aix restaurants, I couldn’t find any mention of House of Cookies, rue Boulegon (but maybe it’s just my mistake!) It’s a lovely place, American vintage-oriented, and the owner, Laetitia, makes the best scones/muffins/ cookies/pancakes in Aix (she makes the cakes for Book in Bar!) You may feel like having lunch there too, one of these days!”

and decided to investigate…. Continue Reading »