Saturday, January 21, 2012

Slice of life in Aix...

Spending a lot of time just wandering around Aix this week. Learning our way through the maze of tiny is a typical Aixois street near the art school.

Today is another market Saturday....nearly everyday is a market day in Aix! We discovered another market today that also has seafood, and we found the flower market as well. And, today we also adventured beyond just purchasing produce and bought fresh pasta, cheese and chocolate...and paid dearly for it! All delicious and all very expensive! Pointing, nodding, smiling and tasting was great fun, and my french is still pretty terrible and the result was paying about 10 euros for the cheese, 9 for the pasta and 5 for the chocolate! wow! As my french improves, so will my shopping!
if you look closely, you'll see our tres chere pasta, cheese and well as chicory, mache, lychees (mamonchinos!!), some other greens that I think might be dandelion, cauliflower, artichokes, tomatoes, clementines, ginger, garlic, lemon, red pepper, carrots, leeks zucchini, and green leafies. We are going to eat well this week!

Heading back into our apartment we are greeted by this spectacular marble ball at the bottom of the main staircase. It's a bit out of place, but makes us both smile...

rue Marius Reinaud...our street. Our apartment entrance is just before the green awning on the left. I can't afford to buy a single sock on sale at the store with the green awning!
Our apartment is on the 5th floor american styles, or le 4me etage en the attic of our 18th century building.

One of Josie's favorite things about our apartment is the electric key that opens the main gate and the main door. You hold a little black key fob thingy up to an electronic key pad and the gate buzzes and opens, then you do the same thing inside to open the door. Very exciting!