Aix En Provence

Trip Start Aug 24, 2008
Trip End Sep 01, 2008

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Left Carcassonne, we are both starting to get the feel for diving on the right hand side of the road (or perhaps the wrong side of the road,) the streets are so, so,  tight, luckily haven't hit any park cars or motor bikes....YET!. Heading towards Avignon,  co-pilot Soz  finds and amazing little gem...Pont Du Gard. A three-tiered Roman aque- duck. 35 arches of its 275m-long upper tier running 50m above the River Gard. We find a swimming hole under the aqua- duck, where we relaxed for a while to have lunch. We pass through Avignon to see a bridge called 'Le Pont D'Avignon'- know in a French nursery rhyme about dancing on the bridge, sadly this bridge seems to only go to the middle of the river, disappointed we walk through the towns walled city to enjoy a coffee in front of Palais Des Papes- a palace that is more beautiful on the outside as all the rooms inside are undecorated. We wandered the quite French streets before making our way to Aix En Provence. ...We love this city... Strolled through evening markets filled with jewellery, clothes, and home ware, (very unique) we explore the quaint streets before finding a restaurant to have dinner. Enjoying a late night cap at  'Les Deux Garcons (Two children).Open since 1792 we are attended by waiters wearing dinner suits (complete with black bow ties), and long white aprons. A great cafe for people-watching. Up early we make our way to Marseille for brunch, to plan our way to Monaco.
Aix En Provence sweetest treat is a marzipan-like local speciality, 'Calisson'. A small diamond shaped, chewy delicacy made with ground almonds (Donna's favourite nut), and fruit syrup, wrapped in a communion-wafer base and glazed with white icing sugar. Very sweet, and enjoyed slowly one by one over a course of a week, mmmmm!
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