blé d'ésperance
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Getting Ready for Christmas: Corn and Crackers

By aixcentric Today is the feast day of Saint Barbara – Sainte-Barbe – and in Provence, the day for planting blé d’ésperance ready for the Christmas table. If you are new to Aix, these are the corn-seeds currently being sold from makeshift stalls – and grocery shops – usually for …

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Exhibition on Roman Aix

By aixcentric Saturday sees the opening of the new expo at the Musée Granet: Aix Antique will whisk us back to Roman times to give us a taste of what the town must have been like in its heyday. There will be artefacts aplenty as digging out foundations for new …

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French Strikes
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New Website Lists French Strikes

By aixcentric photo from The Guardian Last year we were wrong-footed by air-traffic controllers three times: one flight cancelled, one delayed and one afternoon sitting on the tarmac at Heathrow for hours. ‘Where can we find out about this sort of thing before it happens?’ we wondered. Well now there’s …

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Aix Cinema
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Coming to the Aix Cinema

By aixcentric …Mr Turner, the new bio-pic from Mike Leigh, tracing the last years of the eponymous artist. It’s a beautifully crafted film with stunning cinematography: the landscapes recreate some of the painter’s famous scenes and the locations are accurately and sensitively portrayed. It got a great critical response at …

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Christmas Market in Aix
AixcentricLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Twin Towns Market in Aix

By aixcentric The ‘Marche international des Villes Jumelles’ opens on Wednesday 3rd Dec at 12:00hrs and my advice is to get there for it opening if you want to buy any English goodies from the Bath stall. Last year I had invited my French neighbours in for a typical British …

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Film Set in Marseille
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Cinema: Film Set in Marseille – and a Controversial Paddington!

By aixcentric Opening on November 26th, La French is the latest film starring Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin – and it’s set in Marseille. He plays a French police magistrate sent to Marseille to bring to book a powerful drugs ring which, apart from the usual malfaiteurs, includes local police and government …

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Raymond Depardon Expo
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Raymond Depardon Expo at MUCEM

By aixcentric The current MUCEM exhibition of 137 shots by famous French photographer Raymond Depardon is called ‘Un Moment Si Doux’. He has selected suitable photos from his work which began in the fifties but has also taken 23 in Marseille, especially for the event. And if the exhibition inspires …

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Interesting Art on Show in Aix

By aixcentric On Thursday 20th Nov, there will be an ‘Apero Arty’ to launch an exhibition of the work of Guy Denning. He’s a self-taught British artist who lives in France and, by the look of his website, produces interesting pictures: http://www.guydenning.org/artwork/lightbox/artwork.htm The Apero Arty is at 19:00hrs at La …

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Christmas Aix-en-Provence
AixcentricLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Christmas is Starting in Aix

By aixcentric The chalets for the Christmas market in the Cours Mirabeau and the traditional rides for the little ones are nearly ready! Here are all the dates: The Christmas market opens tomorrow (19th November) and stall-holders will be selling all manner of gifts and festive foods – and that …

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A Sad End for Le Marseillois in the Vieux Port

By aixcentric You probably remember Le Marseillois, the bateau-restaurant moored in the Vieux Port just opposite the Mairie; and you probably remember it sinking on 11th September last year. Since then,no news, but throughout November, the wreck is being dismantled and the Explore this Post Via:: Aixcentric       

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