Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Aix & Cassis, France

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

In addition to working on our bathroom renovations (Eager for the big reveal?? So are we!) we’re researching a private tour for photographers, and high on our list are sunrises and sunsets! So we’re up early, ready to climb the hill north of town to one of Cezanne’s favorite perches, with superb views of his much-loved Mt. Saint Victoire. Rosy color paints the horizon,02181501 am mt st vand birds twitter around copies of Cezanne’s masterworks, painted from this very spot.02181501 am terrain de peintresHere comes the sun, little darling! 02181501 here comes the sun little darlinBack home for coffee, then we’re on our way back to Cassis. Although the boat-rental stand’s posted hours are 9:30-4:30, they were long gone by the time we arrived (well before 4:30!) yesterday, not expecting any customers on a winter day, so here we are again…and can easily get all the information we need from the helpful ladies in the kiosk.
Of course it’s never a hardship to visit this adorable seaside town, and we’re early enough today to see what the fishermen have snagged…a monkfish and an eel here,02181502 cassis fishermena prickly pile of sea urchins there. 02181502 cassis sea urchinsAnd to make our visit even better, it’s market day! An operatic duo entertains shoppers (I saw these two ladies singing at the Aix market yesterday – they get around!) 02181502 n even better its market day video too heard yesterday at Aix marketAs always, we’re enticed by the scents, sights and sounds of a bustling market – olives here,02181502 olives tapenadeseggs and goat cheese there,02181503 eggs and goat cheesea busy repairman plying his trade.02181502 repairHere’s a good language lesson – can you tell me what Apres and Avant mean?02181502 theres a good french lessonWe usually spend our time strolling the colorful harbor here, but the streets, too, are full of beauty…a faded facade,02181502 more than a port pretty village too old facadescolorful trim,02181503 seaside colorsa terrace lush with orange and lemon bushes. 02181503 sea view terraceContinuing to hunt out views for our photographers, we climb (by car) high above the town to Chapelle St. Croix, a sweet quiet spot 02181503 seeking photographers views above village chapel saint croixwith a lovely vista of the coast. 02181503 seeking photographers viewsOne more stop before we turn in the car…we’ll spend the rest of our time here on foot. Years ago we stayed at the elegant Hotel Pigonnet, and remembered their gardens, with a spot from which Cezanne is said to have painted. 02181503 stop by pigonnet gardensEven in winter the manicured expanse is lovely…we well recall sitting by the pool, strolling through the boxwood parterres – isn’t it beautiful? Just one more Aixoise treasure….there are so many!