Day 11 - Birthday Celebrations for Fanny Knackerpants
Today started with a beautiful rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ being sung by all of us to one of our lovely guests who was most honoured to receive a beautiful gift and card from the troops. This was followed by a lovely slow start to the morning after the busyness of the past few days out and about exploring together. Sitting under the gorgeous trees near the pond at the villa chatting, we covered all manner of topics, never short for conversational fodder this lot.
A special birthday lunch at one of our local favourite restaurant’s L’Insolite had been planned for our birthday girl so off to Lourmarin we headed where we once again devoured a large lunch accompanied by the requisite glass or two of vin blanc and vin rose. This of course was finished off with another loud rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ when Ben brought out our birthday girl’s chocolate toberlone mousse complete with burning candle.
Very happy and full of excitement albeit a little in need of a nana nap we headed off to explore Aix en Provence. This beautiful town is defined by the stately Cours Mirabeau with its leafy plane trees lining the avenue, it was like living in a picture postcard. Aix as it is fondly called is to Provence what the Left Bank is to Paris, an enclave of bourgeois-bohemian chick. The ‘Paris’ of the South’ Aix is a city with both grace and pace. It is hard not to discover the splendor and sophistication as you stroll through the streets leading off Cours Mirabeau with its many wonderful shops, boutiques, galleries, bars and enticing restaurants.
The town is famous for its watery displays and the sight of the fountains on a hot day is always soothing. There is definitely a distinct energy that vibrates through the town which in part is likely due to the fact that there is a large student population attending the local University. I know the ladies took the opportunity to visit the new Turner Exhibition at the superbly renovated Hotel Du Caumont before exploring some of the many shops on offer.
All this before meeting once again at the famous Deux Garcons Restaurant, opened in 1840 the restaurant was named for two waiters and is a wonderful opportunity to see beautiful ornate ceilings with magnificent chandeliers, velvet chairs and brocade curtains, all very French. Fun and frivolity was had by all and the birthday girl had had a splendid day but it was now time to head home for a much needed sleep knowing that tomorrow is our last day. There is alw
ays a little sadness at this point when it’s almost all over but as they say let’s make hay whilst the sun shines and we have plenty more fun in store tomorrow!! Bonne Nuit, a domain.