Posted: 2009-08-03

Aix-en-Provence Life

This morning, we wrapped up our visit to Aix and moved on to Avignon.  There are a few things that I wanted to share from our Aix stay, however, before I take you to the next city.  So here it goes…

We had a nice “date night” dinner out last weekend.  We went to a restaurant just outside the old town called Les 2 Frères (The Two Brothers).  The place has a hip and trendy vibe, and we sat in the outdoor dining area surrounded by bamboo.  The food was creative and delicious.  Chad made a blog post about this place in the Catalog of Food on our website.  You can find that post here.


A classic southern European appetizer is a slice of cantaloupe with a slice of cured ham - Les 2 Frères served this dish with a cold cantaloupe soup


Chad relaxing, waiting for our food


Two bellinis before dinner - a bellini is Italian sparkling wine (champagne) mixed with peach nectar


The dining area after nightfall

Aix has a new performance building called the Pavillon Noir (Black Pavilion).  We didn’t see any performances there, but we walked by it one day.  I liked the building - the structural support is a series of concrete diagonal slashes in a dark graphite grey color.

The Pavillon de Vendôme was built in the 18th century by the Duke of Vendôme as a home for his mistresses.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Multiple mistresses.  Hope they all got along.  Today it is a museum, and the garden out front is a public park.  It’s a nice, quiet, little enclave away from the hustle and bustle of the city center.


Looking across the garden towards the house


Close-up of the entry door of the house - Aix has several buildings where sculptured people are holding up the weight of the building with their heads, funny

Finally, here are some more photos of Aix from our wanderings around the town.  Enjoy.

-Julia Abbott

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Bob
2009-08-03

I can smell the lavender. Mmmm.

aaron
2009-08-07

isn't every night on your trip a 'date night'? i love how relaxed chad looks.

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