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Aix en Provence and a bit of grape juice

sunny 15 °C

We are getting some great feedback from friends and family on our blog, keep it coming. Currently though, a lot of people seem to be saying that our photos and stories are only about food and we must be missing other parts of local culture. You will be happy to know that the majority of local culture revolves around food and wine, so really, we are soaking up all the culture we can get. Aix-en-Provence is a little city near the big city of Marseille in the south of France. As far as we can tell it is best known for producing the best rose wine in the world. I know rose isn't big in North America, but during the time I spent in St.Maarten, I managed to grow quite fond of it over plenty of long lunches. So to come to Provence, well, this is my Graceland.
Dinner last night was so good that I almost wrote a second blog for yesterday. It was cold enough that Natalie invented a new definition for the word "frisk", which is involves a temperature halfway between brisk and freezing. She often reads the dessert section of the menu first, so she warmed right up when she found the trio of three different flavours of creme brulee. It helped that our waiter was great and after letting me mangle some preliminary drink orders in french, he easily switched us to english. I thought it was time to eat some greens so I ordered a salad that included a few leaves of lettuce and duck served 5 different ways. After dinner the waiter wrote down a few of the better local wineries that we should check out while we are here.
Unfortunately, today being Sunday, everything except restaurants is closed, so we couldn't visit any wineries today. We wandered through town for awhile and then found a little cafe in the sun that had roast chicken for Nat and steak tartare for me, and another great local rose. We did check as many websites as we could for local activities that we could get involved with today, but there was officially nothing going on, so we had a nap and then went for dinner. Tomorrow morning we are headed for one of my favourite wineries, Domaine Ott, and then we are headed to at little town outside Nice. Don't worry, I've tasted them before so we will explore the wine farm and do some shopping before we drive. On the schedule for this week, we have a restaurant recommendation from some friends of Natalie near Nice and then we are headed to Cinque terre in Italy which should make for some great photos and stories.

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Posted by colincampbell 16:06 Archived in France

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