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Aix – This Weekend

Don’t forget the lovely Swedish celebration of  Santa Lucia tonight, 13th Dec, at the Cathedral –  Young Scandinavians process down the darkened aisle creating pools of flickering light with their candles.  Unmissable! 18:00hrs.  Afterwards, spiced wine is served at the Mairie.

Tomorrow sees nationally-renowned Aix pottery Atelier Buffile open a show of their work together with Poteries de Sejnane from Tunisia.  This is a group of 100 potteries, mainly Berber women who have been making kitchen pots and decorative items for generations.  Vincent Buffile went to work with them.  Both his work, their work, and collaborative projects will be on show.  The expo is at the beautiful medieval Cave aux Huiles, another reason to visit!Fri 14-18:00hrs, Sat and Sun 10-18:00hrs.  It is featured in the current issue of Coté Sud – read here: cs-12-2018

And finally there’s the Bravade Calendale on Sunday 16th: This is a Provencal traditional offering ‘la pompe de Noel’ (festive bread) to the town authorities.  Lots of traditional music, Provencal dancers and for some reason Italian flag-throwers. General Instagrammable melée. 11:00 in the cours Mirabeau; 14.30 at Mairie followed by procession through centre ville.

 

Everyone I have spoken to has been saddened by the announced closure of the Librarie de Provence.  Now there is an online petition to show local support.  They aim to get 5000 signatures and were well over 2500 when I checked this morning.  Continue Reading »

After a couple of gloomy posts about things closing, it’s good to be able to welcome a new enterprise: BRUT, is a spacious restaurant which opened in the place des Tanneurs last month to offer an interesting menu ofassiettes‘ for diners to combine and enjoy. Continue Reading »

Rue Loubon is one of those tiny, picturesque streets in Aix that are pure Provence. It’s here that German artist Miriam Hartmann has chosen to establish her gallery which is just celebrating its first birthday.

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Aix – Another Closure

This time, in the cours Mirabeau:

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Ice-Skating in Aix!

 

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Marseille has been working hard to get itself on the tourist ‘must-see’ list and the Tourist Office now offers many organised visits to different parts of this vibrant city.  Apart from the obvious sites, visitors can opt for food-tasting tours, street art walks, lunch on a cruise ship, or behind the scenes at the Marseille opera which includes a fascinating visit to the atelier where costumes are made.

Their new catalogue describes them for trip-organisers – but at the same time gives us individuals lots of ideas for outings!

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