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There are so many events coming up – Christmassy and otherwise.  Here we go!

The Christmas market is now in full swing down the cours Mirabeau.  The chalets seem to me to be identical to the ones last year and the year before that so they must be able to cover their 2,700€ rental.  Certainly the hot spiced wine chalet and the magic man seemed busy when I walked past.  It’s open 10-19:00hrs daily.  Plus, every day, there will be special events, Corsican singing, medieval dancing, Aixois rap, demos of guide dogs – lots of activities which are listed on www.mairie-aixenprovence.fr/festivites-de-noel-2012 if you haven’t been able to find a flyer.

Tuesday sees the opening of an exhibition of the abstract paintings of Giovanna Buttice and Annick Deroux at the Galerie Aix-positions, 29 rue Lisse des Cordeliers (bottom of Cours Sextius).  It’s on til Saturday Dec 1st and the vernissage is Tuesday at 17:00.

Wednesday is the opening day for the International Market when our twin towns come to Aix to give us a taste, often literally, of their typical food, drinks and crafts.  New this year are stalls from Baalbek, Lebanon, Ashkelon, Israel and Kumamoto, Japan who have just signed a letter of ‘intention de partenariat’ with Aix.  It’s always an interesting event with the people fromPerugia usually drawing a crowd for their Italian goodies.  Bath is the British twin and this year the mayor is attending.  It opens as 12:00 on Wed, then it’s 10-19:00 until 2nd Dec, Place François Villon, Les Allées Provencales.  www.aix-jumelages.com.

On Thursday, photographer Bernard Plossu will be signing copies of his book of photos of Mont Sainte-Victoire at the bookshop Harmoni-Mundi, place du Verdun, at 19:00hrs.  This is a tie-in with his exhibition at the Musée Granet which is on for another couple of weeks.  He’s a really nice guy who speaks English thanks to his years working in the US….and he likes meeting people who are interested in photography.

Friday will be a busy day.  Book In Bar are hosting the Poetry Corner meeting.  This month Sheighle Birdthistle is focusing on War Poetry.  She will introduce WWI poets and has asked people to contribute readings or suggestions of poets from other wars and conflicts. Should be a good session.  17:30hrs.  After that, there’s an expo of paintings at the Deux Garçons which looks interesting.  It’s for artists who either work or whose partners work at Iter.  It’s on the first floor, from 18-22:00hrs, Friday only.

On Saturday, if you still have energy, why not visit the Christmas Fayre at the English Bubble?  You may have seen its owner Caroline this week on the front page of Aix City Local News adorned with lots of union jacks?  Her cultural centre ,which welcomes children and adults who wish to learn English or meet Anglophones, has been a great success.  She also sells lots of English necessities like Heinz beans and marmite and usually has mince pies and crackers at this time of year. The event takes place 14-19:00hrs and there is ceramics painting for children while their parents shop.  453 Ave Jean- Paul Coste, Val St André,  Aix.

Carrefour will be opening from this coming Sunday (2nd) every Sunday until Christmas – and they have parsnips!

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Parsnips – where would the British Christmas be without them? 

It’s a shame the French aren’t into them – they really are missing a treat.  They are available now at OK Primeur which is a large fruit and veg shop alongside the DN7 at the Pont des Trois Sautets, just after the road ducks under the A8.  They are wonderful par-boiled and then roasted in a little oil and honey – or cooked, roughly mashed, mixed with seasoning and cream, topped with some breadcrumbs and grated cheese and voila – a tasty parsnip gratin.

  Of course our Christmas tables need Christmas crackers – Book In Bar in rue Joseph Cabassol has a good supply of boxes.  Finally an excellent source of British goodies for hungry expats is English Bubble.  Caroline not only organises activities and courses for children and adults, but also has a ‘Corner Shop’.  Here you can stock up on marmite, digestive and ginger biscuits, bisto, HP sauce, suet, PG Tips tea, golden syrup and British sweets and crisps.  Details on www.englishbubble.fr



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