Doing nothing? Do it in Aix!
Today was one of the first days on our trip with no real agenda.
Well, I did have some work to do, now that we’d found an adapter for the the laptop. But, it started out lazy with us sleeping in on that huge king size bed. Parted the curtains to take in the sun-baked rooftops of Aix and another sparkling Provencal day.
First big decision – breakfast. That was easy – big hotel buffet downstairs. Yes, there were cheaper meals to be had, probably right around the corner, but this was too perfect. Sat outside with a view over the lawns and the pool. It was another one of those out-of-body moments where it’s hard to believe you’re sitting in the south of France.
After breakfast, I did my work assignment while Marlene went to the pool. Then, we walked over to the train station, to change our tickets so that we could take the TGV directly from Aix to Paris, rather than go back to Arles. With no fixed agenda, we took a leisurely walk through old Aix in the general direction of the train station.
We walked down Cours Mirabeau again, but today there were dozens of vendors set up under the trees selling clothing. From the ordinary to the truly exotic (nothing like a table of brassieres to get your attention) it was all there. We also came upon a fruit market in a square and bought local honey and lavender. It really is charming the way they set up these markets every day.
Anyway, made it to the train station, even got a 48 Euro refund, and headed back. All that walking could only mean one thing – time to eat again.
Found a café in Place de Verdun for wonderful freshly made sandwiches on baguettes. Life is good.