Aix’s Elegant New Art Center

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As a place to stroll down narrow, centuries-old streets or to shop for field-fresh food in near-daily markets, the city of Aix-en-Provence is without peer in Provence.  Its dozen theaters show first-run films from around the world.  And music fills its churches, its sparkling performance center and, often, its main street, Cours Mirabeau. But when…

The Kiss Is Back

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Thank goodness the French have come to their senses. Terrorism may grip Iraq, Syria and Yemen.  Climate change is forcing Texans to build arks. And we’ll likely all be roasting by July.  But in the shadows and on the open sidewalks of Aix-en-Provence, couples once again are locked in those ever-lasting embraces. The ones frozen…

A Philosophical Return to Aix

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I’ve never much cared for eating out alone, even when I tuck a book under my arm to take with me.  But tonight I rather enjoyed it. And I was in no hurry to leave Bistrot des Philosophes, a restaurant Kathy and I never visited during our five months in Aix-in-Provence. Perhaps I took my…