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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NO EXCURSION IN DECEMBER....due to overcrowded diaries all around - but we’re back in business in January - in Marseille again. Watch this spot....
This month’s ramble has been planned with the possibility of bad weather in mind. We will meet chez Steph and Don where there is a reasonable amount of parking space (but please car share if you can). From there we will take a circuitous and flat route around nearby vineyards which will take about 1hr 20 minutes. We eventually reach a path which leads to the Canal de Provence and if the weather is warm enough we’ll walk up to the canal and have our picnic there – this is an uphill walk which will take about a further 20 minutes. After the picnic we’ll return (via the exciting metropolis of Pourcieux) where you are welcome to stay for a cup of tea if you’d like to.
If the weather is OK for the walk but too cold for a picnic we’ll miss out the Canal de Provence and the village and return where we can eat our picnic inside.
Well behaved dogs are welcome as on all rambles but please leave your dog in the car until the ramble starts as Steph’s dog, Siska, can be very unwelcoming – especially to other female dogs. She won’t be coming on the ramble. (By the way Siska loves people and especially children so no problem there.)
Please wear the correct footwear for walking as some of the walk will be on stony paths which are so typical of our region.
For newcomers to the Rambles, we all bring our own picnic and it’s traditional, though not obligatory, to bring something to share amongst your fellow ramblers.
We would like to start at 10:30 hrs so please try to arrive promptly and leave enough time to sort out your picnic things. We leave on time (in fairness to everyone) and do not wait for latecomers.
IF THE WEATHER IS UNSUITABLE AND THE RAMBLE HAS TO BE CANCELLED STEPH WILL SEND A MESSAGE TO THAT EFFECT AROUND THE ONE LIST AT 09:00HRS so if you are in any doubt, please check your messages before setting out. We are fair weather ramblers and shall postpone if it’s raining or too windy and cold. Please phone Steph if you need a lift but there’s no need to sign up for the ramble itself.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! And you will too, at the Christmas Carol Service, Sunday December 1st at the St. Sauveur cathedral in Aix (top of rue Gaston de Saporta).
It is the annual English-speaking ecumenical carol sing with heart warming message where everyone participates. At this date some of you - big and small - are already rehearsing.
Doors open at 15:00hrs, the prelude starts at 15:30hrs when those who want a good seat are already seated, and the service is from 16:00 to 17:00hrs.
See you there...
10:00 – 11:15hrs
Please note new day shared with the AAGP library! This is an open session for all. Contact Michel or Trevor.
10:00 – 11:30hrs
Please confirm before going by contacting Marietta.
Come and join us for our celebration Christmas Lunch at this basement restaurant in the centre of Aix. This French restaurant is under the direct management of its owner, the celebrated chef Jean-Luc Formal.
Early booking is essential as the number of diners at each table is restricted. Please contact me to reserve your place.
Looking forward to seeing you. If you have a favourite place that you would like to share or would like to organize a lunch, please let me know.
We are planning a special venue to begin our holiday celebrations! La Table is a Michelin one star restaurant with a stunning location on the Côte d’Azur. A delightful combination of great food, beautiful sea views, and, of course, wonderful company is in store for us!
The menu is at 39€, with options at 49€ and 95€. The drive from Aix is about 2 hours. The Gourmet Club has previously had a luncheon in Eze, at the Château Eze. This restaurant is in the town below, at Eze-Bord-de-Mer, in the hotel Cap Estel. Valet parking is available at the hotel. As most of you know, there is much to see in the area, the town of Eze is but one example.
The AAGP Cabaret is on December 7th, for planning purposes, so driving down on 5th December to do some touring is an option to consider.
I hope you’ll be able to join us to get in a festive mood for the holidays! Please email me or phone me, if you are able to come.
19:00hrs - 23:00
FULL DETAILS ON THE CENTRE PAGES OF THIS ISSUE OF THE MAGAZINE.Una Hammond
Time to be advised
Le Corbusier not only designed buildings but also pursued drawing, painting and sculpture and this exhibition focuses on the different areas of artistic research which interested him during the last 20 years or so of his life (between 1933 and 1965). Love him or hate him, you can’t ignore him, so do try to join us at the J1 Hangar in Marseille overlooking the sea which was so dear to Le Corbusier.
Tickets: Full price for the exhibition is 10€ and 5€ for groups of 10 or more people. There is an English speaking guide which we shall try to organise for the day. I visited J1 just before this magazine went to press hoping to book the guide (the information leaflet states that reservations can be made at the information desk) but was told to contact them by phone or email! As a result, details of the guided tour with an English speaking guide, which I hope to organise, will be sent via the One List.
Lunch: Obviously there is the whole of Marseille to choose from and if you do decide to eat in town the 82 and 82S buses run between the Vieux Port and J1. Alternatively, there is a restaurant at J1 where main courses cost between 9€ and 13€ and desserts cost 4/5€. You will need to book if you’re a largish group: Les Grandes Tables, 04 91 91 57 26 open every day between 12:00 and 18:00hrs.
Access: Métro 2 and Tramway 2, Joliette Station.
If you take the navette from Aix to Gare St Charles, you can catch the 82s bus (the stop is near to where the navette comes in).
From the A55: Arnavaux, Arenc, Les Ports and Gare Maritime exits. From the A7: follow Gare maritime.
Parking: Parking des Quais, 4 Quai de la Joliette.
If you can’t make it on the 10th and are thinking of going another day, the J1 is open daily except Mondays from noon to 18:00hrs and the exhibition continues until 22nd December.
18:00 - 20:00hrs
10€ each to include drink and finger foods.
Numbers are limited so please confirm before the 10th by contacting Marietta.
Michelle will introduce us to the lyrical novel ‘The Rain Before It Falls’ by Jonathan Coe (1961). The author is a typical product of the British intellectual establishment: King Edward’s School (Birmingham) and Trinity College (Cambridge). He taught at the University of Warwick, where he completed an MA and PhD in English Literature.
Coe has long been interested in both music and literature. In the mid-1980s he played with a band (The Peer Group) and tried to get a recording of his music. He also wrote songs and played keyboard for a short-lived feminist cabaret group, Wanda and the Willy Warmers.
He published his first novel ‘The Accidental Woman’ in 1987. In 1994 his fourth novel ‘What a Carve Up’ won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger in France. It was followed by ‘The House of Sleep’ which won the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain best Novel award and, in France, the Prix Médicis. As of 2010, Coe has published nine novels. He has written a biography of the experimental British novelist B.S. Johnson, also children’s books and scripts. He has varied interests: he was a judge for the Man Booker Prize in 1996, and has been a jury member at the Venice and Edinburgh Film Festivals. He has composed several songs and plays at festivals in bands with friends (Wikipedia).
‘The Rain Before It Falls’ describes the history of three generations of women directly or indirectly affected by events in post-war London and rural Shropshire. The novel contrasts with Coe’s previous works in that it is almost apolitical, examining both the welcome and the undesirable legacies parents leave their children. The title comes from a tune by jazz composer Michael Gibbs.
Most of the story is told through tape recordings made by an old lady called Rosamund. Rosamund’s longtime companion, Ruth, has predeceased her and she had no children so she makes her niece, Gill, her executor. Following Rosamund’s death, Gill listens to Rosamund’s tape recordings which are descriptions of twenty photographs that represent a family’s history.
Coe has said he’s taken his inspiration from the novels of Rosamond Lehmann (and indeed, Lehmann had a sister called Beatrix – the name in the book of Rosamund’s cousin), and perhaps it’s her influence that makes the character of Rosamond so easily believable, so understandable in all her actions and desires. At the end of her many years with Ruth, the truth of their relationship is comforting and sad, and completely familiar: «I don’t remember that we spoke to each other much. Hardly at all. What was there to say? We were lifelong companions.» (with thanks to Patrick Ness, The Guardian 8-9-07)
‘The Rain Before It Falls’ is brief, potent and melancholy, like a short sad song and I think we will have a lively discussion as to whether truth should be paramount and we can discuss the appalling mother and daughter abuse: mental, emotional and physical.
Please call/email Jean or me, in good time because there is limited room, and tell us what you will bring for our always delicious pot luck lunch.
The Christmas cookie exchange, which replaces the monthly tea in December, will be held on Thursday December 12th at 14:30hrs at my home. Homemade eggnog (see recipe in this month’s Members to Members section) and tea will be provided. Please bring 2 1/2 dozen home baked cookies: 2 dozen for the exchange and 6 to be eaten during the afternoon.
This year I am having the exchange earlier in the afternoon so that mothers of young children or members who live far from Aix can attend.
Please bring a Christmas candle for the gift exchange and let me know if you are coming.
Time for another Christmas gathering, how time does fly! Christmas will soon be upon us and time to share in our Christmas Pot Luck Lunch. Claudine and John will be ready to greet us on this occasion with a glass of champagne by the fire.
We will continue our Christmas theme by having our “Secret Santa” gift exchange. Each of you must bring ONE present already wrapped and preferably marked for either male or female. If you forget you will not be able to take part in our game and you will go home empty-handed. Aaah, shame!
I will talk food nearer the time to make sure we have a good selection of dishes. If you have a favourite festive dish, please let me know as I can start the ball rolling with our menu.
Looking Ahead: January
Time to be announced
Our annual Scottish event will be held on 25th January. Look out for more details in the January magazine.
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.
Tuesday: Bridge 14:00hrs
Thursday: Coffee (Croquemitoufle) 10:00hrs-11:30hrs
Tuesday (after the board meeting, usually the first): Computer Club 10:00hrs-11:30hrs
Friday: French (Aix) 9:45hrs - 11:45hrs
Saturday: Coffee (Croquemitoufle) 10:00hrs-11:30hrs
Sunday (first): Pétanque 10:30hrs