Welcome to Arles and Aix-en-Provence

Sunday, July 22, 2012 2comments No tags Permalink 0

Arles made our travel destination list for two reasons…

Rencontres d’Arles – the 2012 photo exhibition and dinner at Á Coté.

We also did other things, like spend hours at sidewalk cafés with rosé and books, make a stop at every ice cream stand around town, and visit Van Gogh’s garden.

We ate bags and bags of guimavues…

…my favorite of which came from Puyricard.

While sitting in the main square between exhibits I couldn’t help but notice a young man taking photos. He was intense. One camera in his hand, another slung over his right shoulder, and yet two more cameras hanging around his neck.

We saw him again, just before sunset. This time we were sitting near the water and he was at “home” in the van. I wish you could see his set-up! Door open, shirt off (looking good, it was a hot day), cooking dinner (pasta). And as we left, he waved hello like he knew I was spying on him the whole time.

Then it was time for dinner at Á Coté where we shared a number of dishes including this foie gras…

…easily the best roasted vegetable salad I’ve had to date.

Seared swordfish with ratatouille over garlic polenta…

…and quail, complete with crisp skin and quick sauteed cabbage.

There was cheese plate with fresh ginger marmalade…

…and slices of hot apricot clafouti for dessert.

Little did we know just how many apricots we’d find in Aix-en-Provence the next day…

…we lugged kilos and kilos of these ripe treasures to Cannes!

  • anonymous
    July 23, 2012

    Absolutely lovely!!!

  • anonymous
    July 23, 2012

    Ah, you've visited the Arles Photography Festival. Nice.

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