Place des Cardeurs

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  • Day11


    April 24, 2016 in France ⋅

    We arrived last night just before nightfall. We are staying at an old French chateau that had been slowly renovated by their owners, Dominique and Eric, over the past 10 years. We are a big fan of old buildings and houses. Unfortunately, this renovation had not been done properly. We had reservations about the structural integrity of the house. Our room was up on the second floor, up some flights of stairs with 10mm cracks that had propagated from the ceiling, down the wall and across the entire width of the stair. To make matters worse, upon further inspection, Aaron pulls out a loose chunk of concrete from a step.

    The house was also a little eerie (according to Flora). Aaron mentions ghosts right before bedtime and spooked an already unsettled Flora. She would not sleep well again that night. Her cold makes her restless and hiding her head under the doona to avoid ghosts makes it rather difficult to breathe. Aaron thought it all so amusing.

    Thank goodness for daylight. Flora couldn't get out of the house quick enough. We went to the city for a few hours to see what it's all about. We walked down Cours Mirabeau, a wide main thoroughfare in the city, and found very few people about. We cut across through an alleyway and found that most of the shops were closed (it was a Sunday), much to Flora's dismay. Exploring shops in a spiderweb of alleyways has quickly become Flora's favourite pastime in France.

    We got to the main square and, all of a sudden, there was a huge congregation of people. Is there a market?? No, just a gazillion tourists on tour groups. We left the city and headed off to a couple of little towns called Bonnieux and Apt.

    Aaron loves challenges so when his mate, Liam, tells him about a time when he worked on a homestead in the Provence region, Aaron thought he would find it. Armed with a roughly-placed flag on a Google map screenshot from Liam, and the directions that, "it is about halfway between Bonnieux and Apt," we set off on this great adventure. Oh, Liam also mentioned that the guy that lives there is called Ian Anderson. Should be super easy to find.

    For the next hour, we drove down a 14km road, stopping at letterboxes outside some homesteads to see if an Ian Anderson lives there. There were lots of houses and homesteads. Lots. We got to Bonnieux to find some wifi so we could ask Liam some questions about the location of this homestead but, being a Sunday, nothing was open except for a bar without WiFi. Sorry Liam, we tried.

    We took this opportunity to walk around little old Bonnieux. Such a shame that none of the cute little shops were open. The wind was ripping right through our jackets. It's one of the coldest days we've had in France and it's not helping with Flora's cold. Time to head home.

    Flora needed some Asian food. Some warm bowl of soup. On a Sunday. In France. Against all odds, she found one in a town 10 km away. It's no Tra Vinh back home but it sure hit the spot.
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  • Day22


    October 23, 2017 in France ⋅

    Heute haben wir einen schönen Tag in der historischen Hauptstadt der Provence verbracht. Die Altstadt hat uns sehr gut gefallen und da wir Daggy zu Hause gelassen haben, konnten wir dieses Mal auch in die Geschäfte rein. Gekauft haben wir aber nur ein paar sehr leckere Kekse in einem kitschigen, aber mit Liebe gestalteten Laden (siehe Foto). Apropos Fotos: Dieses Mal haben wir die GoPro-Kamera an dem Kinderwagen befestigt 😊Read more

  • Day24

    Aix en Provence: Capstone of the Tour

    November 28, 2013 in France ⋅ ☀️ 37 °F

    We took a bus tour from the port at Toulon, France up to the town of Aix-en-Provence with our guide Olivier. We had a leisurely walk through the old town, and enjoyed its Roman and medieval structures. Afterwards we had several hours to ourselves. At Olivier’s suggestion we went to a stand-and-snack cafe and ordered a ham, cheese and mushroom crepe. It was delicious, even though we had to eat it seated at an empty sidewalk cafe in the cold and wind. We bought candy at an upscale candy shop that specialized in a local delicacy, callisons, that a nobleman once had made for his unhappy wife. We tried it. It wasn’t bad. Then I got a cream horn and some serious coffee, which warmed me up for an afternoon of people watching. The high temperature only got up to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit. As we returned to the ship, Olivier showed us a mountain range where Christian forces once stalled a Muslim invasion in the eighth century, Mont St. Victoire. The high, white cliffs of this marble range, also provided subjects for Cezanne’s paintings. In fact, he so enjoyed the light in this location that he bought a home that allowed him to see the daily changes in the mountain’s illumination. We returned to the ship in time for supper, where we said good-bye to our messmates and packed so that we could be ready to board the airplane in Barcelona the next morning for the flight back to the United States.Read more

  • Day5


    June 30, 2016 in France ⋅

    Aix-en-Provence ist eine Stadt der Jugend, aber auch der Eleganz, die sich entlang der Straßen und Plätze entfaltet, auf denen immer reges Leben herrscht. Geschichte ist hier die Kulisse des täglichen Lebens, in dem sich Shoppingvergnügen mit edlem kulturellem Erbe verbindet. Ideal für einen geruhsamen Stadtbummel mit barocker Pracht.Read more

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