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Valentines Weekend, 2015
Aix en Provence, France

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We’re looking ahead to Spring – how about the Prague Spring Festival in May?

What better place for Valentine’s Day than romantic Aix en Provence?! Mimosa is in season, golden masses tumbling from the florists buckets. I’m imagining this guy asking a friend “what do you think she’d like?”02141501 FlowersWe choose Valentine’s flowers together – stems of red Amaryllis, which will slowly open, extending the pleasure through the week ahead.
Another vendor has added a few rows of single rosebuds to his stand  – a Valentine’s special.02141501 Mimosa or a rose And I’ve never seen so many men walking through the streets with a lovely bouquet in hand!
Patisseries are also doing a brisk business – the line’s out the door at Aix’s best, Bechard.02141502 bakery lineWe’re planning to cook dinner together in our new kitchen, and peruse the market stalls for just the right ingredients. Shall we start with snails?02141502 escargotsNo – we’ll keep it simple at home, but start out with an apero at Cave d’Yves, a cozy wine bar.02141502 out for aperoThen a romantic stroll through favorite lanes02141502 romantic stroll after dinner

and squares. Recognize this one? There’s usually a bottle or two of rosé cooling in the fountain….in the warmer months.02141502 rose not nowWe continue celebrating on Sunday, sharing our new kitchen with friends. First an apero in the living room – see those amaryllis shyly opening?02151501 chez nousXavier called to let us know he would bring a starter….and what a starter it is!02151501 starterTruffled eggs!02151501 truffled eggsHappy Valentine’s Weekend!