Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

It always seems a little sad to take the tree down and see the Christmas activities in town coming to an end, but here are some dates.

sapins2-25th January  Collection of used Christmas trees – ‘Collecte des sapins 2014”; details here: http://www.aixenprovence.fr/Collecte-des-sapins

5th January: The closing date of the Camus Centenary exhibition has now been moved to 11th January.  A very interesting show if you haven’t been but it’s all in fairly intense French.

IMG_65845th January: Last date for the children’s roundabouts at the Rotonde. They seem to have been a great success this year. (Christmas market already closed)

But not everything is ending! (more…)

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13th: Tomorrow is the date for the annual Scandinavian Christmas service at the Cathedral. I have never been in Aix to go to this but everyone tells me it is very beautiful and moving. (more…)

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How pretty the Rotonde looks this Christmas!  Wandering through Aix last evening was just enchanting – the lights down the cours Mirabeau are fabulous and it was so good to see so many families out enjoying the seasonal ambiance.

The Groupe F show at the Grand Theatre lit up the sky with golden fireworks, lasers, stunning catherine wheels and huge bursts of fire – all to the sound of techno – for 30 incredible minutes.

The market is drawing the crowds as usual:

I was sorry to see that the magic guy isn’t here this year – he was the one who had a chalet where he did card tricks and really drew the crowds.  I have read that he applied for his usual pitch and didn’t get it.  There’s now a Facebook page protesting about this decision.  My French isn’t great so I missed the nuances of this – does anyone know what happened?

In parallel with the festivities is the annual Phot’Aix: it’s a trail around 28 in-town locations to see the work of 47 photographers.  This year the theme is ‘Regards Croisés Mediterranée’.Phot'Aix affiche

The Musée de Tapisseries is a good starting point. It’s 3.50€ to see several of the series of pictures by various Mediterranean-based photographers.  There, you can pick up a map of locations which take in art-galleries and book-stores around town where you can see more photos.

The gentleman (I think) in the poster, with a great deal of fruit on his hat, is the work of Chaza Charafeddine who explores the questions of ‘genre, pop art and Islamic art’ too. Interesting!  Here is the website for more info http://www.fontaine-obscure.com/pages/photaix_RC.htm which has a map of venues and also details of a photo competition if you think you can do better!

And finally, today, with families arriving to admire the Christmas markets and lights….

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the town toilet is ‘en panne’.  You really couldn’t make it up!

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Used to the typical British supermarket-scrum at Christmas, I was amazed arriving in Aix at the care and attention that goes into putting together the Provencal Christmas.  My new French friends would recommend this boulanger for the buche de Noel and that cave for the vin cuit.  I also learned about the treize desserts which have graced the table on Christmas Eve from time immemorial. 

But to my surprise this week, I read that these treize desserts are not all that traditional at all.  The current issue of A IMG_6474Table explains that (more…)

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Christmas is starting earlier every year in Provence – and this weekend sees the beginning of the action in Marseille.

The Marché de Noel begins this Saturday, 16th November – the cabins are already in place for selling their soaps, toys and of course food and wine for the Christmas table.  Alongside, the big wheel is up and ready to give visitors a thrilling ride and, I should imagine, some wonderful views across town.

The Foire aux Santons opens on the same day in chalets on the Canebiere.  The following day there will be the traditional Mass for the santoniers at Saint Vincent de Paul, and, after their procession down the Canabiere to the Vieux Port, mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin will declare the Christmas season open.  Lots of free family animations are promised – music, clowns, and so on – 12:00, November 17th, Vieux Port. 

The santoniers have a good website: http://www.foire-aux-santons-de-marseille.fr/  I wonder if, in the fullness of time, there will be a web-developer santon?

IMG_6319Sadly, it will not be possible to eat at the  good ship Le Marseillois this Christmas. The ‘floating restaurant’ which sank back in September is still under water (see photo taken today).  No news of plans to refloat the boat…

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