A Sunday Walk, Centuries of Art & an Accordionist

I doubt I’ll ever get accustomed to the marvels of daily life here. I hope not.IMG_0860

The seamless integration of ancient and modern is an everyday occurrence, even for those who don’t live in the elegance of restored chateaus.  Today, for example, was a quiet Sunday, time for a bit of blogging, some research, and some French language review, as I prepare for another round of instruction.  So our only outing was a 90-minute stroll to find an ice cream and stop by the cathedral.

Only in Aix, the cathedral — Saint-Sauveur — has uncovered roman ruins in its floor and artwork from throughout the centuries. Portions date back to the 4th century, though most of the cathedral was built in the 15th and 16th centuries.  Back outside, we passed several of Aix’s more than 40 active fountains and several ornately carved doors before pausing on Rue Gaston de Saporta to listen to an accordionist, who had chosen a corner where the warmth of his music resonated.

IMG_0868_2I gave him a euro for his efforts and he responded with, bonne journée, have a good day.

Indeed I will. It’s hard to have a bad one here.

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