Sunset on our Stay in Provence…

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Oct 172012

Are we running out of great but varied weather? It is time to turn homeward. A Mistral is whirling and whining through our second story apartment with an unrelenting high pitch wail. Rain is predicted for tomorrow as we head to Nice.

We drove to Aix-en-Provence, a beautiful drive through a vast valley lined on every side with limestone mountains thrusting skyward and often frosted with churches or villages at their very peaks.

Aix was a busy congested city filled with students, shoppers and traffic teeming around the visitors center which is in the heart of a very upscale shopping mall. All the beautiful 17th and 18th century mansions and neighborhoods have international brand shops installed at the street level with plaques slapped on side walls designating the historical significance of the original building. It would take us more than the day we were able to spend to get beyond the initial impression and delve into the rich museums and history of Aix.