Holidays in France, 2013
Interested in a Music and Markets Tour? We’d love to hear from you! We’re looking ahead to Spring – May in Venice, Barcelona, or Prague, and our newest – Aix en Provence for the Easter Festival.
Aix is all a- glitter with holiday lights… no water in the Rotonde fountain, just a cascade of twinkles.
Celebrations in France started the week BEFORE Thanksgiving, with the annual Beaujolais Nouveau unveiling. It’s still being promoted, so we thought we’d check it out for ourselves with a meal, although in past years the new wine has been rather lackluster and uninteresting. We’re happy to report that THIS years BN is very good…an indication of an excellent vintage, so we can expect the finer wines of this year to be great!
The annual Christmas market lines the avenue, the Alpine chalets filled with handcrafts, mittens and scarves, and the ever- popular vin chaud. Yes, it’s cold enough in Aix to relish a cup of hot spiced wine…
We’re invited to the inauguration of a new sound system in their Cave d’Opera,
And the music continues upstairs, in their veritable museum of a home, shelves and armoires filled with exquisite antique porcelain. We (carefully) sip our coffee from delicate 17th century French soft- paste blue and white cups,
then stroll home through the Place de l’Archveché, thankful once again for this privilege of living in the midst of centuries of history.