Continuing with my travel series, the next destination on the blog today is Aix-en-Provence, France. I've dreamed most of my life about going to France. I studied french in high school and I've fallen in love with anything and everything associated with France ever since. The langauge is so beautiful and I love anything that is styled french: decor, fashion, food...pretty much anything!
My mom and I were super excited for this day. We sailed overnight from Palma de Mallorca to Marseille, France. After we got up, got dressed, and got breakfast, we took a bus ride from the port into the quaint little town of Aix-en-Provence. The countryside we saw on the ride there was just beautiful!
When we arrived in Aix we hopped off the bus and immediately began exploring the town. How lucky that there was a french market festival going on in the city that day. We were able to shop textiles, clothing, handmade goods, etc. If I had a bigger suitcase I would have brought so much more back home!
I got some adorable french made dresses here and we picked up some handmade soaps and of course some french lavender. It was so fragrant that our entire suitcases smelled like lavender when we got home!
We wandered throughout the precious town and hopped in out and of shops and really just enjoyed exploring the area. We came across a french farmers market with the most beatiful and colorful flowers and vegetables. I would have loved to buy some flowers and enjoy them longer that just a passing glance. This just means I'll have to go back again some day and stay longer. :)
We stopped for a quick bite in a boulangerie and had the most delicious chocolate croissant! My mouth is watering right just thinking about being there.
We ran across the cutest working carousel and enjoyed people watching all the locals. I think my mom and I could have totally ditched the rest of the cruise and just stayed there for the rest of the summer :), but we had many adventures ahead!
This was really hard for me to narrow the list to my top five favorite things because I truly enjoyed this day so much! Here are my top 5 favorite things about our visit to France:
1. The kind people
2. The Food (chocolate croissants, macaroons, fresh bread and more!)
3. The language
4. The French markets
5. The Agriculture (France had the most beautiful fresh flowers and vegetables and scenic countryside!)
I hope to return again one day! For now I'll just reminisce on our beautiful visit and dream of macaroons and lavender!
Stephanie Grace Harvey