Saturday 26th November
Amazingly not only had we read the bus timetable correctly but we had also managed to have the right money ready for the bus. €1.05 each for a 30km journey, not too bad.
We hadn’t gone to Aix-en-Provence with any real need to look at anything, the guide book says that it is very laid back and relaxed and that is what we found. We tried at the tourist office to get a walking tour but all the woman behind the desk managed to do was circle lots of places on the map and totally confuse us. We decided to do our own thing and just wander.
It didn’t take long to find the market, there were lots of them stretched along every road, everything looked very tempting.
This chap was giving out freebies and since we were a bit peckish…
… and then we weren’t! Obviously this salami is much cheaper than everything else since it doesn’t need repackaging.
Part of one of the mushroom stalls. I love mushrooms, I’d love to try them all but we really don’t have a clue what to do with them. (And Frankie is stuffed full to the gunnels, we really don’t have mushroom – boom boom).
I nearly got past this shop but accidentally said “that looks nice”. When will I ever learn? This is where we bought a “Where’re you going to put that then?” that we desperately needed.
And here is the young lady making them. (All will be explained by the end of this post – bear with me please).
More wandering and we fond the very busy Irish Pub Four wealthy people – €7 per pint, you’re having a laugh. They had Guinness in there for €7.50 and even though I do like Guinness I know that you really can’t screw up a Guinness, even the most incompetent bar keep can pour something that looks right. it has a strong taste which will hide any imperfections and who in their right mind is going to complain that their €7.50 a pint Guinness is crap? They’ll just say everyone else likes it and you’ll say everyone else is French and then it’s coats off time.
Our guide book has four things to visit in Aix and this is one of them. I can see you’re impressed, I’m just pleased that I only spent €1.05 to go and see it. This is the world famous, the totally incroyable, amazing and wonderfull thermal fountain. It’s meat to be a very warm spring, I would describe it as slightly not cold.
There was a second fountain which could have been the world famous and incroyable, etc fountain but I was sidetracked into feigning interest in the Xmas market stalls to the left and forgot to test the waters, as it were.
Back home after a very interesting coach trip. We sat up the front and had a very nice young lady driver. I have learnt some new pleasantries to shout out of the window at pedestrians and other drivers, I now know when to blow the horn (every 50 yards or so) and when to speed up (when the gap ahead is closing). I realise now that speed limit signs are minimum speeds and red lights mean nothing until the cross traffic has started moving, at this point you are permitted to share pleasantries and check that the horn is still working.
Ok, the photo above is our brand new “Where’re you going to put that then?” that we had to buy because not only does it match our plates, bowls and saucers, also our table cloth (which I don’t ever remember having been used) and to be honest was the only reason we bought Frankie (because he matched the plates, etc_).
I have no idea where Lucy thinks we will be putting it and hence my name for it.