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There are dozens of fountains, and no wonder, because Aix en Provence sits atop limestone that is riddled with springs. After all, it’s original, Roman,…

Aix’s sister to the south, Marseille, is the one with the big personality. The Aixois stereotype is that of a well-off, sophisticated, well-dressed bourgeois. In…

My American niece lives in what appears to be Beatrix Potter-land. Although this wonderful illustrator lived north of  Buckinghamshire, which is where I visit, the…

I have a lot more time now to observe, and living in a town, the creature to which I have ready access is my fellow…

Periodically, and all over the world, artists get together for an informal “sketch crawl”. Locals decide the spot to convene at, and you’re on your…

  The best part about airplane travel is the view from the window. Time to reflect without the distractions of everyday life. And a broad-view…

I love this city! Even in drizzly and cold November, everything about it appeals. Aesthetically, both olden traditions and the latest design trends, are everywhere…

Family ties pulled me northward for a week in the land of Beatrix Potter and the Wind in the Willows. My great niece and nephew…

Before moving to France, I lived in the beautiful San Francisco Bay area. The best thing about California was there before any humans showed up….

petanque ournament

Every village in the south of France has at least one terrain de pétanques, a carefully calibrated patch of ground tamped down not too hard…

It’s taken me a while to get this post together—had to set up my scanner in my new place, not to mention finish the coloriages! Martine…

watercolor of theatre

Theatre is alive and well in Aix en Provence. I went to see a play at Theatre du Jeu du Paume (named after an indoor game “Paume” =…

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