A Tuneful Weekend in Aix

A Tuneful Weekend in Aix

Aix en Provence, France
Le Weekend, August 25-6, 2012

Interested in a Music and Markets Tour? We’d love to hear from you!  Why not join us in Bath, in November, for the Mozartfest?

Just look at those sunflowers – don’t they bring a smile to your face? I can’t resist, and buy an armful for our mantle.

A chef from a nearby resto is selecting quail eggs from our favorite egg lady,

and I pick up some tasty items for an aperitif at our place tonight after one of the Musique dans la Rue concerts.

We stay inside, shutters closed to keep out the heat, during the midday hours, then walk to Place Albertas for the first concert of the evening. The Masterki Quartet entertains us all (including a windowful of residents above) with jazz, swing, and even traditional Russian tunes.

Our friends have saved seats for us near the front for the next performance, Le Concert Impromptu, a terrific wind quintet, in the courtyard of the Maynier d’Oppède, and we enjoy Bach, Reicha (a Czech composer who wrote for this unusual combination, which includes a French horn with the 4 wind instruments) and Bossini – a talented and engaging group that we’d love to hear more of.

These lovely neighbors have been so welcoming since we first bought our Aix apartment – we look forward to spending time with them  each time we return.
We’re awakened in the wee hours of the morning by a bang of the shutters, which we’ve left open to let in as much cool air as possible… the wind has picked up, and it’s getting actually chilly!
And look what’s happened to the sky! The cool air has pushed out any haze, and the sky’s back to that astounding deep blue that stops us in our tracks time and again.

The canicule (heat wave) has passed, and we can take our time outside, strolling through favorite squares – no need to escape the heat any longer.

Kirk puts together an artistic spread for lunch, with goodies leftover from last night’s gathering.

And we pack our bags for a VERY early departure tomorrow, before catching all the music we can, beginning with  L’Orphéon, a wind quintet, at Albertas, then an award-winning accordionist, Mélanie Brégant, on the square at St. Jean de Malte.

Has the sky gotten even BLUER?

On our way back to the apartment, passing through our quiet square (no tables in front of the fountain as there are during the week), we bump into our neighbors who are enjoying the cool afternoon as we are,

and we all decide to walk to beautiful Pavilion Vendome.

One more apertif at their place…

a concert in the square outside,

then just ONE more concert, Mélanie again, with a virtuoso performance of Spanish music in the courtyard of the Hôtel de Ville, before an early night.
Au revoir Aix – we’ll get back as soon as we can!