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Thursday, November 11, 2021


We had a fantastic day-trip to Aix-en-Provence today. There was a bit of an atmosphere to the place as it was a National Holiday. 

First stop was the rather gorgeous Fontaine de La Rotonde. We then wandered up the main drag of Cours Mirabeau, through the Mazarin Quarter with it’s beautifully preserved Fontaine des Quatre-Dauphins and on to the Palais de Justice. 

We passed through fabulous narrow streets with cute shops, Roman arches, ancient bell-towers above, traversed loads of bustling market squares (fruit, veg and cooked food) and eventually found ourselves in the rather lovely Cathedrale St. Sauveur.

Exhausted we decided to nurse a few beers and people watch from one of the cafes in the Hotel de Ville square as people have done daily since the 14th century. 

We watched as the daily flower market evaporated before our eyes and the space was gradually replaced by more and more tables. The square then filled with young flirty couples sharing a smile and a bottle, heavily smoking single men downing some green liquid of other like it was magic potion, pairs of women made-up to the nines knocking back shots of coffee, and groups of young men cradling foaming beers. It was a lovely place. 

We like Aix.

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