Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Aix en Provence, France
One last day…and it’s a market day. No, we won’t buy anything else, but we’ve got to walk through and just take it all in one more time. Passing another sweet door-topper, and a mysterious sunny corner,
we stroll through the bustling squares, passing a beautiful fountain or two, the warm scents of fresh-baked bread, the best paella man – yes, it’s going fast!It still feels like summer here – need a flirty fedora? But fall’s encroaching, we’ve walked over crunchy leaves in our square, and here the fall colors creep in to the market. We’ve got another taste or two that we don’t want Cassidy to miss, so amble over to a favorite restaurant, Le Bouddoir, on lovely Place des Tanneurs, for lunch. Leave room for dessert – you’ve GOT to try Café Gourmand! Cassidy agrees, it’s a fabulous French invention…who wouldn’t like FOUR desserts rather than just one?!
One more stop – a new pirate-themed candy shop, where she stocks up for the long flight tomorrow. We take the long way home, peeking in on another favorite square, Place Albertas, and walking through our adjacent square, where lunch is still in session.Then I get to work packing and cleaning, and Cassidy studies on the windowsill, still her favorite perch. Ok, chores done, we can fit in a final concert or two – and we begin with the group we heard rehearsing earlier right next door, the Percussion and Brass sections of the OJF, French Youth Orchestra – here’s a Spanish themed piece. They’re terrific musicians all!
And last of all, a choral group in the cloister, also just next door. Aaah Aix, we’re going to miss you!