Sunday, July 13, 2014


Near the end of our time in France, we drove down to Aix-en-Provence to see some of the places Elesa's parents saw in their early days, have lunch with the Best Man from their wedding and to see another area of France. The drive down on the highway wasn't all that exciting, but the city itself is quite nice. We were only there for one night, but arrived at lunch time which was early enough to walk a bit around in the afternoon and evening, and then a little bit more in the morning.

Anciano Placo dóu Marcat - Aix-en-Provence, France

Lavender - Aix-en-Provence, France

Virgin and Child - Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d'Aix-en-Provence

Fontaine de la Rotonde - Aix-en-Provence, France

Fontaine de la Rotonde - Aix-en-Provence, France

Fontaine de la Rotonde - Aix-en-Provence, France

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Market Day in France

One of the things I really like "on the continent" are the markets. The array of fruits and vegetables and just "stuff" is amazing. The markets here, at least the ones near us, are dedicated to locally grown fruits and veggies and locally produced products, so most of the stalls are prepared foods. The prepared foods (and cheese....I love the cheese!) we've found to be excellent. However, there really aren't a lot of oranges for instance, grown in the U.K. so I've come to the conclusion that I really can't rely on the markets as a source for produce. Whereas the markets in Belgium a couple months back, and France a couple weeks ago, were a cornucopia of fruits and veggies from all over the E.U.

Hard to Cook French Without Garlic

Biggest Artichokes I've Ever Seen

Piles and Bowls of Apricots

Scarves With an American Twist

Sausages and More Sausages