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Calissons and tapenade and lavender! Oh my!

Thursday the 23rd of February
My host sister and I went to Aix-en-Provence today! We had to get up a little earlier than I would have liked during my vacation time, to drive to Salon-en-Provence with my host mom - we took the bus from there and that's also where she works. The bus was about 40 minutes, so it wasn't too bad, but for some reason public transportation is very expensive here!

We arrived in Aix at 11 and we went straight to the atelier de Cézanne which was the whole reason that I wanted to come to Aix. It was a very interesting studio - he built it with a huge window facing north to let as much natural light in as possible. I also had a very interesting and educating conversation with the guide there. We had seen the movie "Cézanne et moi" in French class before Christmas, so I felt that I knew a lot about him, but she went into detail about his paintings and not so much about his life and I left the conversation feeling like a Cézanne expert!

We then walked a little further away from the "centre ville" to the terrain des peintres where Cézanne painted the mountain Sainte-Victoire 86 times!

As we had walked for 45 minutes up a hill, my host sister and I were pretty hungry, so we returned to Aix and got sandwiches at "Paul" - I usually avoid this boulangerie because it is a chain and pretty expensive, but the sandwich was pretty dang good. On s'est reposée and then we went to the tourist office and asked if they could tell us what to do, because we had 4 more hours there and had already seen everything that we wanted to see. The guy told us that the Hôtel du Caumont was really pretty and had a cool movie, so we got our tickets (he had to ask if I was over 25 - seriously?) and went to the hotel. It was beautiful! The garden was shaded so we hung out there until the movie (about Cézanne) started.

(I'm just now realizing that I look exactly the same in all of these pictures and only the background changes.)

We still had about 2 hours to kill, so we went back into the centre ville and I got some things and my host sister got a crêpe which strangely wasn't round, but rectangle shaped. We walked back to the train station and took the bus to Saint-Martin!
I had a great day with my host sister - I was a little worried that I would have to play babysitter because she was acting a little pouty at the beginning, but she was very chatty and high energy after we ate :P


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