Images from our September Magazine
Visist to Château La Coste
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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This month we will be going to a new, nearby and moderately priced Michelin one star restaurant in La Ciotat! Does it get better than this? Oh, yes, the restaurant has a lovely view of the sea, and we hope on 1 May to be on the terrace listening to the sounds of the sea.
Caren wrote a great article for the April Magazine (page 23), which included a complete review of the restaurant after trying it recently. «Good service, beautifully presented food and delightfully intense flavours» was the consensus of their party of 6.
Our experience at lunch in early March was delightful, tables were full on a cold, windy day, and an excellent lunch was the perfect antidote to the weather. Chef Nans Gaillard and his staff have worked hard to earn their star and are determined to keep it.
The Lunch Menu at 21€ is hard to beat.
The drive from Aix is about 45 minutes. I advise arriving EARLY, as parking is a bit of a challenge at the restaurant. They have a few spaces behind the restaurant, and parking on the street before and beyond the restaurant.
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 27 April, if you are able to come.
For your long-term planning, the June lunch will be on our usual schedule, the first Friday of the month, 5 June.
Tickets 22 euros reduced from 34 euros
An evening to celebrate Berlioz. Not only are Les Siècles under François-Xavier Roth performing Berlioz’ masterpiece Symphonie Fantastique, but the wonderful soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci, who is at the top of her form, is joining them to sing the voluptuous Les Nuits d’Eté. Last year she received rave notices for her performance in The Trojans in Paris. Berlioz at its best!
Please contact Gillian if you would like to join us.
10:00 - 11:15hrs
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.
Please book with Marietta
For our May selection we bring you an Alfred Hitchcock thriller: VERTIGO, a 1958 spellbinding classic of deception & betrayal.
Retired police detective (James Stewart), who has a fear of heights, is hired by an old school chum in San Francisco to keep an eye on his wife (Kim Novak), eventually falls in love with his quarry … and that’s just the beginning. In this film, Jimmy Stewart’s character believes that the life-size “ Portrait of Carlotta Valdez “ holds a special power over the woman he’s trailing. There’s a kind of integration between the painted world and the real world.
Haunting, dream-like thriller with riveting Bernard Herrmann score to match.
Don’t miss one of Hitchcock’s masterpieces.
2 euros per game and 2 euros for shoes.
Please let me know if you are coming so we book enough lanes.
Please let Marietta know if you are going
Winter is well and truly behind us, and our members in the Lubéron are no doubt looking forward to those long, heady days of summer. What better time to visit this beautiful area? So why not join us for a casual get-together at the Etang de la Bonde. Last year we had a very successful (and indulgent!) afternoon at l’Art Glacier. To ring the changes this year we will meet in the morning for coffee and conversation. Access to the cafe at the campsite is by the D27, between Cucuron & La Motte d’Aigues. There’s plenty of room indoors in case of bad weather, lovely lakeside views, and the possibility of staying on for lunch if you wish.
This is part of our effort to bring the AAGP to those of our members who live far afield or who cannot easily get to activiteis. So if you live anywhere in the Lubéron, or even anywhere north of Aix, consider yourselves invited to meet up, enjoy good company and share your ideas about how we can help you stay involved.
Please try to let me know if you are planning to come: I’m really looking forward to catching up with as many members as possible.
Valerie - Members’ Representative
Venue: Les Baux
The Arts Club is happy to announce that there will be an excursion to the Carrières de Lumières in Les Baux. Following lunch on your own in Les Baux, there is an afternoon visit to an exhibition by the contemporary artist BEN at the Musée Brayer; the museum reopens at 2 p.m.
An article on page 12 will explain all of the details you need to sign up and participate in this wonderful outing in the May sunshine. Oh well I am always an optimist!Liz
Venue: chez Lynn, 1904 Chemin du Pont Rout, Aix
5€ per stall: funds to Help for Heroes
Event open to everyone; bring your picnics and stay for the day.
This village is located near the Valentine shopping centre and lies between Eoures and La Treille. From here we will approach the Garlaban Mountain by car and park on the “Puits de Raimu” carpark. From there we will hike to the summit of the Garlaban (altitude 714 metres). The path rises gently and there are no particular difficulties along the way, but proper hiking gear is required. We will have our picnic lunch in a sheltered spot, and return afterwards to the car park taking the same path. Expected hiking time is about 4 hours, so bring plenty of food and water.
For any further information please call Roderick.
Our play for May will be Christopher Hampton’s English translation of the two-hander The Unexpected Man by French playwright Yasmina Reza.
The reading will start at 2 pm on Monday 18 May 2015.
Please email if you wish to attend so that the parts can be distributed.
Stephanie will be presenting The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence, a British author. What follows is a description of the book taken from the Amazon website.
A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. The son of a fortune-teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn’t had the easiest childhood.
But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count.
So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he’s fairly sure he’s done the right thing...
Introducing a bright young voice destined to charm the world, The Universe Versus Alex Woods is a celebration of curious incidents, astronomy and astrology, the works of Kurt Vonnegut and the unexpected connections that form our world.
Please let Holly and me know before Tuesday May 19th if you will be coming and what you will be bringing to the pot luck, which follows.
Liz and Pierre have hosted many of our lovely pot lucks come rain or shine, always greeting us with a smile! At this time of the year we hopefully will have our lunch in the garden. If you are new to our group the format is if you are a couple you would provide either a savoury dish or a dessert for 6-8 people and if you come alone you would bring for 3-4. I will do a menu nearer the time, Call Jan.
The Arts Club is pleased to announce that we propose the following events and timetable in connection with the new Canaletto exhibition (see separate article page 13 on the opening of the Hôtel de Caumont). We are thrilled that Michele has agreed to give one of her incomparable talks prior to a visit to the exhibition. We have a limited number of tickets available for this event, so please telephone Gillian Kingsley at 04 42 27 45 52 on receipt of this newsletter if you wish to join us for the following programme:
09:45 Meet at Michele’s home for coffee.
10:00 Michele will give an illustrated talk on Canaletto and this particular exhibition.
12:00 Group visit to the Hôtel de Caumont to see the Canaletto exhibition. You can either keep close to Michele or have a guided tour of the exhibition, or the choice of just going round on your own with headphones, or a combination of both.
Afterwards: optional lunch at the cafe/restaurant of the Hôtel de Caumont.
The cost for the talk, coffee, exhibition visit, and obligatory headphones will be 12 euros. Please indicate at the time of booking whether you would like to stay on afterwards at the Hôtel de Caumont’s cafe/restaurant for lunch so that we can make a reservation.
This month’s excursion is to the fascinating bamboo garden at Eyragues. It’s quite a long trip (about 10 minutes from St Rémy-de-Provence and 15 minutes from Avignon) but I think you’ll agree that it’s worth the effort. I met the very charming and enthusiastic owner earlier this year who will be delighted to welcome us.
On arrival I’ll provide coffee from my thermos and there’ll be a talk in French before we take a stroll around the gardens. The walk is not difficult so you will be able to manage it if you aer reasonably fit. But do wear comfortable shoes. Our magazine gardening expert, Jo, will be accompanying us as we walk and will share her knowledge with us as we go. For those of you, who still have the December 2011 magazine, look at page 25 where you will see an article written by Jo about bamboo following her visit to these gardens. Entrance to the gardens costs 5€ to be paid on arrival.
For those of you who wish to have lunch afterwards, I have arranged for us to eat at Un Bouchon en Provence which is in Eyragues. They will be serving us a three-course menu (in their private dining room if we’re 15 or more people) at a cost of 25€. This includes wine, coffee and tip. We will let you know the menu choices when we confirm your booking.
If you wish to join us please contact Steph by Thursday 14th May.
18:00 - 20:00hrs
Don’t forget to tell Marietta if you can attend.
Looking Ahead: June
Bee and Paul are very kindly opening their garden for this year`s annual picnic and for that we are very grateful.
We are always looking for new venues for this event as it is the only which is open to all our members, some of whom do not have the chance to meet up with our younger members and their families.
We hope to have the traditional BBQ, which is always dependent on our weather.
The group as usual will provide the meats, bread and drinks both alcoholic and soft.
Please do not forget to bring your picnic tables and chairs or blankets and perhaps a parasol in case there is not enough shade for us.
As usual I will need volunteers for the cooking of the meats so any offers of help on reserving will be accepted! Please start booking as soon as you get your magazine to help me get my list going as soon as possible
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