Arena in Arles #Arles #Provence @bfblogger2013
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In Awe of the French: History Preserved

By Deborah In awe of the French Anytime I take a trip in France and walk among ancient Roman ruins, I am thankful to the French. In French towns and villages where the Romans used to roam, you can actually see, feel, touch and experience the places of the past. …

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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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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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Lynne Alderson
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal History & Traditions

Lynne Alderson’s Aixcentric Love for Aix en Provence

Challenged to find ratatouille and timely updates on current events, Lynne Alderson took matters into her hands and launched Aixcentric. After three-years, this blog is THE go-to source for what is happening in and around Aix en Provence. From bus strikes to gallery openings, from Marseille’s shopping to the best …

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Hotel de Ville Aix-en-Provence #AixenProvence @PerfectlyProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal History & Traditions

Hotel de Ville at the Heart of Old and New Aix en Provence

The Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall) and the busy square directly in front date from 1741 a time when Aix en Provence was the capital of Provence. The building was constructed for meetings between consuls and the Town Council. Today, the building remains the place where most administrative requests are …

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Montmajour Abbey #Provence #Montmajour @PerfectlyProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Is Abbey of Montmajour Worth a Visit

It would be easy enough to skip the Abbey of Montmajour as you are rushing to Arles for a Feria du Riz or for lunch in St Remy on a lively terrace. Don’t skip by – it is magical!

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Thermes Sextius #AixenProvence @PerfectlyProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal History & Traditions

Discover the Artists and Artistic Side of Aix en Provence

Aix en Provence was founded in 122 BC by the Romans and called Aquas Sextius. The remains of the Roman baths can still be seen today at the entry to the Thermes Sextius, which offers a range of decadent spa treatments.

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La Rotunde Aix-en-Provence #AixenProvence #Provence #CityofWater
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Aix en Provence the City of Water Fountains

Aix en Provence is often referred to as the city of water. The Romans settled here in part due to ready access to natural springs. As the town began to take shape during the Middle Ages, there were hundreds of fountains created for domestic use. Today there are only about …

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Roman Aix-en-Provence
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Spotlight on Roman Aix

By aixcentric Virtually every time there are ‘travaux‘ in Aix, the archaeologists who precede the bulldozers unearth Roman pottery, statues, funeral urns, drainage systems and stretches of road. Over the years there have been small displays, but the next exhibition at the Granet Explore this Post Via:: Aixcentric       

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Feria du Riz in Arles #Arles #Provence @BFblogger2013
Barefoot BloggerLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Arles’ Feria du Riz: Bullfights and Fanfare

By Deborah Bine I’m deliberately attending as many types of events that feature bulls as the main attraction as possible. It’s becoming an obsession. Explore this Post Via:: Barefoot Blogger     

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