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June is fast approaching but who would believe that with the rain we have had today?

I hope it clears up before the coming weekend as there will be a nation-wide celebration of gardens, Rendez-vous aux Jardins, with several local ones open.  Here is the brochure: RDVJ_PACA_2018 1st-3rd June.

Mougins, such a pretty village, will see their gastronomic festival on 2-3rd June.  Called Les Etoiles de Mougins, it’s the 13th and there is a full programme of events.  In parallel, the fabulous MACM – museum of classical art – is offering a wine-tasting…details here:

at 11:30am & at 4pm

In honour of the Étoiles de Mougins 2018, the annual international gastronomical festival, the MACM & the Franck Thomas sommelier students will be proposing sensorial wine tasting and a  Dionysian trail around the collection. Unique price: 10€ 

If this inspires you to experience more classical art, you should then head  in the opposite direction, over to Nimes in fact, where the new Musée de la Romanité will open on 2nd Jun.  With 25,000 exhibits, it’s set to be one of France’s most important archaeological displays. 

It looks very impressive – it’s next to the Maison Carrée and the amphitheatre.  Can’t wait to visit. http://www.nimes.fr.










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This weekend sees the 10th edition of Rendez-vous aux Jardins with 2000 gardens of all shapes, sizes and styles open across France.  The website is very good (www.rendezvousauxjardins.culture.fr) and has events by département.  Here in Aix, the Hotel le Pigonnet is opening its garden to all: you can sit in a flowery bower and have a drink, and see where Cézanne placed his easel to paint the Sainte-Victoire.

The Fête du Velos is another annual favourite.  I can’t find any info about what is happening in Aix but there is usually activity around the Rotonde. Marseille on the other hand will be celebrating this with a big bike parade and also by closing the Corniche for cyclists on Sunday 12-18:00hrs (www.feteduvelo.fr)

I hope the forecast rain doesn’t arrive on Sunday as that spoils the monthly book market in the place de l’Hotel de Ville.  There are several stalls of second-hand/out of print books, often about Provence.  It’s great for a root around.  If the weather isn’t good for outdoor activities, the musée Granet is free all day – see my last post for a review of the new expo there.

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