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Looking ahead a little, I have learned that the ‘Invité d’Honneur’ this year is to be Nobel prize winner, Turkish author, Orhan Pamuk. (more…)

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The first treat is the resumption of the ‘Navette Maritime’ service in Marseille.  (more…)

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Lots going on. Even if these events are not to your taste, it’s worth knowing about them so you can steer clear of traffic and crowds if need be!  We once set off for Arles and met police road-blocks – we hadn’t realised there was a feria taking place: not the best day for a peaceful walk around the old town!  Here are some events to enjoy or avoid as the mood takes you… (more…)

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In the UK, 2018 is the centenary of winning Votes for Women: the suffrage campaign finally won through! Women over 30 (or at least the great majority of them) finally won the right to vote in parliamentary elections; women over the age of 21 had to wait until 1928 to gain full equal voting rights with men.

Suffragists relied on constitutional tactics (keeping within the law), while suffragettes took militant action, often resulting in imprisonment.

Next week, British academic Jill Liddington will be at Book in Bar in Aix giving what will no doubt be an impassioned account of this struggle:  Jill was Reader in Gender History at Leeds University and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies. She specialises in the actions of women in the north of England, often working class and somewhat side lined by historians in favour of better-known activists in London.  Her book ‘Rebel Girls’ profiles some of these courageous northern women.

Her book, ‘Histoire des suffragistes radicales’, was published here in France last month.

This is a free talk – not to be missed!

 

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This celebration of local delicacies takes place this weekend, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th, at the Couvent des Oblats, 54 cours Mirabeau. (more…)

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As the snow whirls down today, it’s hard to imagine hiking, but surely spring weather is round the corner?  Let’s hope so for the ‘Semaine de la Randonnée en Provence’ which starts this weekend.

There are 80 hikes to join, free and open to all.  It’s an initiative by the Conseil Departmental des Bouches du Rhone, Provence Tourisme and local hiking groups: there are some lovely walks on offer right across the region.  Have a look at the list here: https://www.myprovence.fr/agenda-culturel/sport/provence/142072-semaine-de-la-randonnee-en-provence.  25th – 31st March.

If you can’t join these, their website offers Les 5 Plus Belles Balades de Printemps, with detailed maps and ideas of places to eat/visit, that you can do under your own steam.  These are:

Very useful info for future outings…

….as is the latest issue of ‘En Balade’ which focuses on ‘Escapades Avec Vue’.  Most hikes in Provence have amazing views so it must have been difficult to choose their ten recommendations which range from Crestet and Cadanet to Toulon and Trets.  The magazine also covers weekends, what to do/where to stay/where to eat etc. In this issue they visit Les Baux and the area around Montagne de Chabre and Sisteron for the seriously sporty.  Produced by La Provence, on sale at kiosks, a bargain at 2,80 euros.

HAPPY HIKING!

 

 

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Artist’s impression of Aix’s Roman theatre

Back in 2004, archaeologists uncovered what had long been suspected: a Roman theatre  in Aix.  After all, Arles, Orange and Nimes all had theatres or amphitheatres and it was only logical that Aix should have something similar.  It turned out to be on the site of Notre Dame des Seds, some way from the Forum (near the Cathedral) and on the present Ave. Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny.

In 2004, 10% was uncovered

Excavations began. Excitement mounted.  Then work stopped owing to lack of budget.  The site was carefully filled in, protected for future development.

Finally a decision has been made about the site. (more…)

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