Aix en Provence, France
Friday, August 24, 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?

We’ve been looking forward to this weekend, when the annual Musique dans la Rue begins. After enjoying the terrific free concerts in beautiful Aixoise locations last year, we knew that we’d like to be here every year at this time, if possible.
This morning we walk over to the Thermes Sextius – what drew the Romans here millenia ago, and a still- popular benefit of the town.

The warm springs, discovered in the 1st century before Christ, still flow today, and a snazzy spa is built over the site.  One of the fountains on the Cours Mirabeau is warm too, steaming mysteriously in the winter.

The first concert of the series is at Place Albertas – a fun and engaging combo who had everyone singing along to “When You’re Smiling, When You’re Smiling…” – a great start to the music.

The next one’s in the Mazarine District, the newer
(17th century) part of Aix. We walk by a favorite fountain, the Quatre Dauphins, one our way to the church of Saint Jean de Malte (John of Malta).

Are you lookin’ at me??

Walk down rue Cardinale, and there’s the church, with people already starting to gather to listen to the music on the square outside.

This time, it’s a clarinet quartet, with music from Strauss, Brahms, and Dvorak.

 

 

 

As we stroll home we pass another Nicolas Lavarenne sculpture – this one’s my favorite – a figure balanced and relaxed on a swinging rope – impressive artistry!

 

 

One more concert for today, the same jazzy combo, this time in front of the Town Hall. And there’ll be more music tomorrow!