I think it is more of a bloke thing, but I could have sat all day in Monaco just looking at the machinery driving round the Principality. Perhaps more comfortable would have just been to sit in the Café de Paris watching casino patrons come and go (with their accompanying valet parking). All this on a Sunday when I thought things closed down.
Money speaks round here.
Where it all started
Rolls and others
R & B taking coffee
Another visit to Bryony in Aix, this time with Rebecca. A different place to stay, a lovely old house on the hill above Aix, which meant driving to and from the property (so not too many evening sherbs in town). Wonderful to walk around the old town again, see the university and travel a little further afield. Sunday included a day trip to Monaco, (a monied place!), with coffee in front of the Casino – and this time not dressed to enter (memories of missing the last bus back to Nice years ago with work colleagues and walking the streets until morning).
Looking forward to a return visit in March – this time with Rebecca and Livi. By that trip I will have visited Bryony more times in Aix than I have visited her in Exeter – shame on me.
Market in Aix
A Cezanne sunset
Our lodgings in Aix
Shamelessly stealing the title of Bryony’s forthcoming blog, the author dropped her in Aix-en-Provence to start her year abroad to learn French and French law. Despite the seeming lack of any sort of formal instructions, she registered at the University, got a room key, paid for a term’s accommodation, went to some classes and made contact with fellow students on her course. Whilst settling her there, we managed to walk round Aix a number of times as well as striking out for the coast at Bandol. Very pleased to have shared with this initial experience in Aix, and looking forward to visiting in the future!
View from her room
View of her room
View outside her room
Breakfast in old Aix
Cours Mirabeau – site of a few sherbs
Boats arriving in Bandol
Sneaky Canaletto whilst Bryony was in class