Thursday, April 24, 2014
South of France

Interested in a Music and Markets Tour? We’d love to hear from you!  Join us on a summer tour on the Amalfi Coast, in Provence, or in Amsterdam/Belgium

As we were pulling into Aix after our Wednesday adventures the phone rang…and we received a special invitation that would require a schedule change today. Would we like to come to a private rehearsal with Martha Argerich and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe? The entire carload voted YES so we shifted our morning plans to the afternoon in order to attend.
That left us with a few hours in the morning before the rehearsal, and since Thursday just happens to be one of Aix’s full-blown market days, why not take another look? 

Our flowers need replacing, and Ruth gifts us with some lovely peonies,

Aren’t they gorgeous on the mantel?

Our neighbors wanted to come to the rehearsal too, so we added a couple of names to the invite list and met at the Grand Theatre for an exciting hour of music – Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto.

Rehearsals are so interesting – much more intimate than a concert. We all enjoyed this treat, then quickly changed, and hopped into the car to head for the Mediterranean.
Destination? Our favorite close-to-Aix seaside village, Cassis.

Arriving in time for the next boat to the Calanques, we’re quickly on our way, out of the port and beyond the lighthouse,

and soon slipping into one of the crystal clear slips of water cutting into the shore… the Calanques of Cassis.

When we first visited, nearly twenty years ago, the boats were allowed to drop us off at one of the calanques and we scrambled along the cliffs to the tiny beach. Now the only way to arrive is by a strenuous hike, or a private boat.

It’s just a perfect day to be on the water – the colors are breathtaking! On the east side of Cassis, Cap Canaille strides impressively into the sea.

Back on land, Jill treats us to a yummy ice cream,

and we stroll the lanes and plazas,

taking in the colors of this cheerful port – it’s always such a pleasure to visit!