Sunday, 6 July 2008

Provence - Aix-en-Provence

On Monday we drove a very windy path through the Luberon towards Aix-en-Provence.

In fact it was so windy we ended up taking some very pleasant detours in the wrong direction before finally getting back on track, ending up at the Abbaye de Silvacane, where we reluctantly paid €2 'protection money' to park our car, only to find entry cost to the Abbey was unacceptably high (there seemed a myriad of ways to part us from our money while in France), leaving us to snap a couple of photos over the fence that was keeping us out.

So we continued on to Aix-en-Provence, one of the larger towns in Provence and one with a long history, a 'thousand' fountains, and a number of universities.

We spent a lot of time wandering around the paved streets of Aix-en-Provence, and no small amount of time in the shops or snacking in one of the street-side cafés.

Linda was disappointed to find out that the Le Musée Granet, which houses some work by Cézanne, who lived in Aix-en-Provence, was closed; an ongoing frustration in France (the same thing happened to us in Nice).

Our trip home was similarly windy, dropping by some other small villages before ending back in Saignon where we had a delicious dinner in the hotel restaurant (dessert proving once again to be the pinnacle of the meal).

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