Welcome

The Anglo-American Group of Provence is a non-profit organization serving the native English speaking community of Provence and chartered to promote friendly relations with our host community, provide assistance and information for expatriates and to preserve and promote our anglophone heritage. Our members have a wealth of knowledge concerning all aspects of life in Provence and are most willing to share it.

If you would like to join the AAGP, visit the membership page for eligibility details and an application form.

We have a new Student Membership (half-price) available now for university students staying in the region. See the membership page for details.


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Images from our September Magazine


Visist to Château La Coste

What’s On


All events listed are open to all AAGP Members. There is also a large range of regular events and activities to choose from including: French Conversation, Computer Club, Wine Club, Children’s Group, Regional Art and Cultural activities, Restaurant reviews and many more great activities, tips and ideas to help you get the best out of life in Provence! For contact information for any of these events please refer to the AAGP Newsletter or the Members’ section of the website.
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  1Computer Club
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10:00 - 11:15hrs

Venue: See member section

This is an open forum for anyone to come along with their computer issues or questions so come along and we shall do our best to help you. Contact Michel or Trevor.

Michel and Trevor

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  2Language Tea
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15:00 - 16:30hrs

Venue: See member section

Please let Marietta know if you are going

Jo Le Borgne

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  9Book discussion group
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10:30hrs

Venue: See member section

This month we will be discussing a novel by Melanie Benjamin, The Aviator’s Wife, which was a New York Times bestseller. It deals with the troubled marriage of this famous couple and presents a fascinating exploration of Anne Morrow, who despite achievements in her own right is generally only known as the aviator’s wife. Following is a modified Amazon book review.

While still a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, Anne Morrow travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, who has recently completed his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Captivated by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne has the mistaken impression that he has not noticed her. But Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. In the years that follow, Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States. But despite this and other major achievements, she is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once aspired to will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace in the end life’s potential for change and happiness.

Kathleen

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  10Gourmet Club Lunch
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12:30 hrs

Venue: Le Candille, bd. Clément Rebuffel, Hôtel Le Mas Candille, 06250 (Alpes-Maritimes) Mougins 04 92 28 43 43 www.lemascandille.com

This month we will be going to the lovely little village of Mougins, with its enticing galleries, small museums and cafés. Save time to explore!

Le Candille is a Michelin one star restaurant, “an elegant table with a beautiful view and terrace, une belle expérience!” Last week the distant mountain peaks were laced with snow, a beautiful sight when one is sitting in the sunshine. The tournedos de boeuf were exceptional, easily the best beef we have had since coming to France more than 2 years ago. The entire experience was a delight.

Chef David Chauvac became head chef in 2014 after working at the restaurant for more than 10 years; he has been recognized with three toques by Gault et Millau, and well-deserved.

The Daily Flavors Menu at 62 € includes a choice between 2 items for each of the three courses, 2 glasses of wine, still and sparkling water and café.

The restaurant has booked a guided tour of the Classical Art Museum of Mougins on Friday 10th April at 11.00am for us. We will pay on site 10 euros per person for the 1-hour tour, which will be done in English. For more information about this private collection, you can visit their website: www.mouginsmusee.com. Details on meeting place will be provided when I see if there is enough interest in the tour.

The drive from Aix is about 1 hour and 45 minutes, and parking is available at the restaurant. GPS or SatNav are helpful in finding the restaurant in this charming village. Absent that, keep going uphill and follow the signs for the restaurant/Mas, and when you’re on the property, go downhill to the parking and restaurant, and lovely view! I hope to see you there for an enchanting afternoon in a beautiful setting. Good food, wonderful friends and engaging conversation are assured! Please email me by 6 April, if you are able to come. When making your reservation, Please tell me if you are interested in the museum tour. For your long term planning, the May lunch will be back on our usual schedule, the first Friday of the month, on 1 May, May Day!!

Mary Lou

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  11Carnaval des Enfants
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14:30Hrs

Venue: See member section

La Vie au Sud is organizing a Children’s Carnival at the hall we are all familiar with.

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  12Ciné Club
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19:00hrs

Venue: See member section

For our April selection, the Ciné Club brings you AND NOW TOMORROW, a romantic drama starring Loretta Young as Emily Blair, a rich and deaf socialite, and Alan Ladd as Doctor Vance who grew up poor in Blairtown.

He is working on a serum to cure deafness, which he tries on Emily without success.

Susan Hayward also stars as Emily’s sister who is carrying on an affair with Barry Sullivan, Emily’s fiancé.

This 1944 drama is directed by Irving Pichel.

Deanna & Gilles

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  12Children’s Easter Party
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14:00 - 17:00hrs

Everyone will meet at ***See member section***

Lynn

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  12National Theatre Live Broadcast of Frankenstein
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14:30hrs

(see page 8 of magazine for more details)

Venue: See member section

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  13Bowling
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14:00hrs

Venue: See member section

2 euros per game and 2 euros for shoes.

Please let me know if you are coming so we reserve enough lanes. Contact Peter

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  15Language morning coffee
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10:00 - 12:00hrs

Venue: See member section

Please tell Marietta if you wish to join us

Jo Le Borgne

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  18Canine Camp
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14:30 - 16:00hrs

Venue: See member section

Renowned trainer Brice Thomas has agreed to treat us to a special Dog Obedience afternoon at his site not far from the AAGP Library.

1.5 hours of initial, basic training may lead to another afternoon of obstacle courses and eventually a friendly competition.

A minimum of eight dogs with their masters are required to have a price of 35€ for this session. Reserve and call for more info.

Cheques to be made out to the AAGP and sent to :

See member section

Event address : See member section

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  19Hike calanques
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10.00hrs

Venue: “Décathlon” carpark

We will meet on the “Décathlon” carpark and proceed from there by car to the Col de Sormiou. The “Décathlon” sports store is on the Chemin du Roy d’Espagne in the southern quarters of Marseille.

We will hike from the Col de Sormiou, taking the path to the beach of Podestat where we will have our picnic lunch and then do a return trip following a different itinerary. Count about 4 hours hiking in time in all, and a change of altitude of about 200 metres. There are no particular difficulties but at two points along the line it is necessary to hold on to a chain in order to progress. Please wear proper hiking gear and bring enough food and water.

For any further information please call Roderick

Roderick

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  20Play reading group
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14:00hrs

Venue: See member section

Following our November reading of Wolf Hall recently shown on BBC, our April play will be Bring Up the Bodies, the second of Mike Poulton’s stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s historical fiction.

The reading will start at 14:00 hrs on Monday 20 April 2015. Please email me if you wish to attend so that the parts can be distributed.

Dympna

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  21Language Lunch
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02:00hrs

Venue: See member section

It is very important to book with Marietta if you wish to attend

Jo

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  23Lunch in Aix
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12:30hrs

Venue: See member section

Come and join us for lunch at one of our favourite restaurants tucked away between the lively market in the place des Prêcheurs and the law courts in the middle of Aix. Hopefully, weather permitting, we will be eating outside in the shade of a large plane tree. The food is traditional Provençal and there is always a signature millefeuille for dessert and possibly even a starter!

Space is likely to be limited so please contact me by Monday 20 April to book your place. Looking forward to seeing you. If you have a favourite place that you would like to share or would like to organise a lunch, please let me know.

Jane

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  23Arts Club - Invitation to “Made in America”
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14:00 - 17:00hrs

Venue: See member section

Reservation by email by 20 th April

Description: Please see article on Page 19.

Liz

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  24AAGP members only evening drink
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18:00hrs

Venue: See member section

For those of you who have never been here it is famous for the Pagnol trilogy and for the famous Colin Firth scene in Love Actually! Weather permitting we will be on the terrace overlooking the port. Please let Marietta know if you can join us.

We will be holding members only functions once a month and as of September Anne and I hope to start interesting visits with a cuppa or lunch in Marseille or along the coast! We really miss seeing all you wonderful AAGP ex-excursionists! We have so much more to show you in Marseille, along the Côte Bleue and around Cassis!

Jo

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  25Quiz Evening
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Unfortunately, due to start of the school holidays on the 25th April, there is a lack of support for a quiz on this date. Bearing in mind the various national holidays during May and then the start of summer, we have decided to postpone the next quiz until October.

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  27April Book Club
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14:00 - 16:00hrs

Venue: See member section

The book is Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult. 4€ towards refreshments.

Please let Lydia know if you are attending

Jo

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  29Favourite Shakespeare for St. George’s Day
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17:30 - 18:30hrs

Venue: See member section

As part of our series Literary/Musical Celebrations of National Days, Trevor and Valerie White will celebrate England’s St George’s Day with favourite Shakespeare quotes and scenes at our wonderful new venue in Aix. Coincidentally, Shakespeare is thought to have been born and to have died on St George’s day. This celebration follows our recitation of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood on 1 st March, for the Welsh St. David’s Day.

Favourite Shakespeare is a joint event with the IFIP. The Café Culturel Citoyen, opposite the convenient Parking Carnot in Aix, is open for drinks so come along beforehand and absorb the ambiance! There is no entry charge for the 60-minute presentation but to help us manage numbers, please email Karen to get a reservation number. Note the event is on Wednesday 29 th April, and not the exact St George’s day, which is of course the 23 rd April.

Should this event prove successful, similar literary/musical events will be staged for other national days. If you have an interest in, or knowledge of, the literature/music of any anglophone country please email me so we can set up a get- together of representatives from different countries to plan future events.

Dympna Donnelly

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  Regular Activities
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As well as all the specials listed above, don’t forget the Regular Activities that offer new skills, fun and friendship all year round. Contact details are in your yellow Members’ List book.

Thursday (fourth): Play Reading Group 14:00hrs

Tuesday: Bridge 14:00hrs

Tuesday (after the board meeting, usually the first): Computer Club 10:00hrs-11:30hrs

Wednesday (second): Ciné Club 10:30hrs

Thursday: Coffee (Croquemitoufle) 10:00hrs-11:30hrs

Friday: French (Aix) 9:45hrs - 11:45hrs

Saturday: Coffee (Croquemitoufle) 10:00hrs-11:30hrs

Wednesday (first): Pétanque 10:30hrs

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Occadeco
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Spectrum
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International Music School
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Provence Building
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