destination along the Southern Mediterranean coast was actually Nice, to visit
David’s French goddaughter and her boyfriend who we had not met, so we
stopped in Aix en Provence on the way to cut the journey in two.
Negre Cost offered us a very good value typical Louis 16 style bedroom, in
Aix en Provence centre.
There was a
very good exhibition of Cezanne versus Picasso. I did not realise they
both used to live close to Aix, and Picasso was an avid collector of Cezanne.
exhibition showed famous paintings by Cezanne alongside those done by
Picasso, where he had used them for inspiration for some of his own. The one
shown here is of Cezanne’s wife, which Picasso has done in his own way
by choosing just to use shapes and two colours.
The Drive around Mont St Victoire, famously
painted here by Cezanne, took us past the Chateau that Picasso had bought for
himself before he died and where he housed his collection of Cezanne
paintings along with other famous impressionists of that time.
Market in Aix is one of the huge pleasures in France, with the aroma of the
herbs and spices from Provence and North Africa together with those of ripe
fruits and vegetables pervading the atmosphere.
Fayence – not where the pottery is made
but a great little village in Provence which offers a great place for
lunch. The town below of Grasse, where Fragonard perfumes are
made, amongst others, is still a pretty town, despite its industrial
factories for extraction of oils of many plants, exported around the world to
make famous perfumes.
Mas Sur Loup
Tourettes sur Loup
Provence hills behind Vence