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Walking on Sunshine in Aix en Provence

sunny 25 °C

"Hey, who turned on the sun?" - Lisa

Foodie moment

Hardly culinary genius but we love the soup machines found at service stations throughout France! 1.50 Euros and out pops a cup of hot, yummy soup; tomato, chicken noodle, curry, leek ... A business idea for Australian railway platforms - we think so!

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One Euro beers with compulsory (1 Euro) tapas purchase meant cheese, salami, Croque Monsieur... not complaining!

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Cultural moment

As soon as the sun goes down (9pm), suddenly the cafes and bars are empty. We assume they have all gone to dinner but have no idea where. As we wandered around looking for a fun place after our dinner (at a sensible 8pm) it was suddenly like a ghost town - well apart from all the other American and English tourists looking as confused as us!!

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Wow moment

A three hour drive from the Alps to the Riviera, and we finally find her - Madame Sunshine! As we passed through the toll booth to enter the peninsular, it was as if a light bulb had been switched on. Hot sun, pristine blue skies and smiles on our faces!

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Place des Cardeurs - we stumbled across this square late in the afternoon. A laid back vibe, cheap drinks, everyone soaking up the last of the days sun (don't worry, its the south of France -there's more tomorrow!) and tunes blasting...... Heaven! And we camped out here till the sun made its leisurely retreat!

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What we learnt today

Aix en Provence is a hay fever nightmare - Spring plus wind plus beautiful blossom trees has everyone sneezing and itching their eyes. Bring your Telfast!

Posted by travellinglise 12:24 Archived in France

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I'm not sure that soup from a vending machine quite lives up to the other meals you've had on your trip.

by AlexJF

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