Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Aix with friends
Last year in Rouen we met a family with whom we became fast friends: Rebecca, a transplant from Oakland, California, Eric, originally from Aix-en-Provance, and their then 2-year-old daughter, Emanuelle. They were a lifeline for us in Rouen and we were thrilled when we heard they'd be in Aix this summer, with their 5-week-old son, Issac.
Since they have a newborn, we mostly stayed close to home, though Eric led us on a brief tour of the older part of Aix (as a local, he was appalled by the newer, trendier side). The rest of the day was spent playing in the beautiful pool and eating (of course). Eric introduced us to a local specialty, La Tropezienne, a custard-like cake that I'm still thinking about. It was definitely one of the best cakes I've ever tasted.
The following day, David, Anna, and I went to see the other half of L'Atelier du Midi at the Granet Museum. This summer has been an interesting art experience for me. Though I've been chasing my familiar favorite 20th-century-modern masters, it's been a few artists who were unknown to me that caught my attention. I've got a list of names to research when we get home, including Emile Othon Friesz, Raoul Dufy (whose name I knew, but not really his work), and Henri-Charles Manguin.