leonard michelange raphael Carrieres de Lumieres #LesBaux
AixcentricArtists Inspired by ProvenceLifestyle: Art & Culture

Carrieres de Lumieres: 2015 Show

By aixcentric What a wonderful subject for next year’s show at the Carrieres de Lumieres. ‘Leonardo de Vinci, Michel-Ange, Raphael: Les Géants de la Renaissance’ takes the visitor on a journey starting in Milan. It then goes to Florence where Raphael and Leonardo were painting portraits and Madonnas, then to …

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Je Suis Charlie
AixcentricWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Je Suis Charlie – March Tomorrow in Aix

By aixcentric The Hotel de Ville will be the starting place for a march remembering those who lost their lives in Paris this week; it will take place tomorrow, Sunday 11th, at 15:00. Please be aware that I have been told this verbally today by the staff; I have nothing in …

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La Foret Enneigee Dessert from Picard @aixcentric
AixcentricTaste: Food & Drink

Frozen Puddings

By aixcentric This amazing pud is from Picard. Called ‘La Foret Enneigee’, it is made from mousse mascarpone, mousse au chocolat, crème brulee and coustillant speculos chocolat. It looks wonderful. I hadn’t realised until recently what a long-established company Picard is. Apparently it was started back in 1906 in Explore …

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AixcentricArtists Inspired by ProvenceLifestyle: Art & Culture

News for Cézannistas…1

By aixcentric Happy New Year to all! And it’s good to start 2015 on a positive note: it looks like there is some movement, at last, to restore the bastide that was home to the Cezanne family for 4 decades. Paul Cezanne’s father built the artist a studio on the …

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AixcentricExplore: Travel in Provence

Direct Train Marseille-Milan

By aixcentric (Originally posted on December 15th) Today sees the launch of a new direct train service between Marseille and Milan by thello. It takes just over seven hours and the train calls in at all major stations on the Cote D’Azur then Italian centres like Ventimiglia, San Remo, Genoa …

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Eurostar train service to #Provence @Aixcentric
AixcentricExplore: Travel in Provence

Eurostar London-Marseille Direct

By aixcentric Booking has opened today for this new service which will be the first time the Eurostar, in its 20+years existence, has gone as far as the Med. It starts 1st May and services will be twice a week, increasing to five times a week during the summer. It …

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AixcentricExplore: Travel in ProvenceStay Fit in Provence

Actiform Starting 2015 with a Different Splash!

By aixcentric If tomorrow marks the start of the new you – health, fitness and all the usual resolutions – you may want to have a look at Actiform at Les Milles. I’m posting this for two reasons: firstly la Belle-fille Aixcentric thinks it’s wonderful – she does aquabiking and …

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Provence Shop Cafe #AixenProvence @Aixcentric
AixcentricRestaurant Recommendations in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Popular Aix Restaurant to Close

By aixcentric There seems to be quite a churn in restaurants in Aix – especially along rue d’Italie, my route into town. But I was very sad to hear about the impending closure of The Provence Shop in rue Victor Leydet. We had lunch there today and it was very …

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AixcentricWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Winter in Marseille

By aixcentric If you are in Marseille for the Christmas lights and market, you may like to drop into the new exhibition at the Maison de l’Artisanat which is showing three centuries of seasonal objects from St Petersbourg. Fine china and costumes are arranged in tableaux taking the visitor back …

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blé d'ésperance
AixcentricProvencal History & Traditions

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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