Aix and Provence: News, Blogs, and Culture

  • Last Post before the Summer
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    That’s it for now!  Summer in Provence is full of picnics and jazz in vineyards, cinema under the stars, night markets, art trails and this year, lots  of MPG2019 gourmet events. Enjoy it all – here’s a bit of Ella Fitzgerald with music for the moment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlMWW4R1ZBM See you in… Read more »
  • This Weekend in Aix
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    Both PARADES in the cours Mirabeau, which opens the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Parade Pique-Nique, part of MPG2019, are all booked out, (June 30th), but it’s always nice to wander in town around these events. It’s very much the beginning of a packed summer of events in town, and also throughout… Read more »
  • The Best Restaurant…in the World
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    This title has just been won, in the face of much competition, by Mirazur in Menton, run by Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco. The announcement came at an awards ceremony put on in Singapore by British trade magazine Restaurant. Second place in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants was Noma in Copenhagen,… Read more »
  • This Weekend ‘Gourmand’ in Marseille
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    It’s all kicking off this Friday evening in Marseille with ‘La Nuit Etoilée’.  It’s the latest of the series of events under the umbrella MPG2019, the Year of Gastronomy in Provence.  You can watch 1000 people having a cookery class, see waiters with trays in a race, partake in La… Read more »
  • Two Must-See Shows at Aix’s Musée Granet
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    Fabienne Verdier likes to paint en plein air, which as you know is a big challenge in Provence: swirling winds, rain in deluges, Mistral, baking sun – she’s battled through it all, standing in the middle of massive canvases or balancing up step-ladders. Clearly conventional brushes and palettes are out… Read more »
  • Grace Kelly – Expo in Monaco
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    It’s incredible to think that Princess Grace would have been 90 years old this year.  To celebrate, the palace has put on an exhibition based around the brief meeting between Grace, then a well-known actress visiting Cannes, and Rainier, a prince in search of a bride.  At the same time,… Read more »
  • A Day at the Beach at Les Lecques
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    Unlike a trip to Les Goudes (see last post) which isn’t particularly child-friendly, some days you just want a bucket-and-spade day where little ones can scoot their scooters, pedal their trikes or ride along in prams. Suddenly the stunning Calanque d’En Vau doesn’t seem such a good idea….. Les Lecques… Read more »
  • A Day Trip to Les Goudes
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    Just imagine this being the view from your lunch table.  That’s the pleasure of being in Les Goudes, a enjoyable boat-ride from Marseille’s Vieux Port. A 8-euro one-way ticket takes you out through the port, past Fort Saint Jean and MuCEM, out to the open sea where the engine of… Read more »
  • Music, Painting, Art in Town Gardens – and F1 Racing – coming up!
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    Friday evening sees the annual Fete de la Musique which used to be a  sprawling event with all types of musicians playing music of  all genres, mainly very loudly, all over town. It seems though, since the deadly events in Nice during a summer festival, this type of event  has… Read more »
  • Some Notes from Aix, this Monday morning
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    …..starting with the wild Sirocco wind that roared through the south of France on Friday.  Here in Aix, it brought down two branches in the little Place Saint-Honoré (up Cours Mirabeau, left before Café le Grillon, just along from Etam…)  Incredibly, they hit two passers-by, a gentleman knocked unconscious, and… Read more »