Choosing a spot to vacate your life and spend time in the region of Provence can be daunting. My second summer in a row, I can tell you that you really can't go wrong. This summer was spent in Aix en Provence, a bit more northwest than last year, with as many wonderful things to do and see as the last. The town of Aix is indeed charming. Streets are crowded with shops, churches, squares, and people. There is a joie de vivre that only can occur in France.
Right in the middle of Aix is the Atelier Cezanne, his studio where he painted amongst the beautiful trees and flowers of Aix, 'chemin des Lauves'. It's a quick visit, but one of the most personal. His paint brushes remain from his death, as well as his over coat, canvas stretching machine, letters to Zola and Picasso, books and so much more.
|Aix French Laundry|
|Market shopping with friend Kay Fernandez|
|A table fit for friends and foodies|
Walking the small, sweet streets of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is as special as the grape varietals.
Another great side trip is to rent a boat and cruise down the Mediterranean Sea. No matter your destination, the shoreline is blue and calming. You can choose to go north or south (we went south past St Tropez), and that is truly a coin toss. We had a day cruising to ..... Stopping at St. Tropez's Club 55 is always a treat, no matter how quick the visit.
I'm glad to have just now written this post from July memories. I'm already more relaxed and sun kissed just thinking about it. I love Provence. I'd like to go again and again, if the French are willing. My favorite moments were spent at the house, by the pool or walking the grounds. Whether alone or with family or a friend, there was a quiet peace there. A serenity of wholeness that rarely comes in the real world. Oh vacation...
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