Winter Sales, A Sunny Week Bring Aix-en-Provence to Life

The streets of Aix filled with pedestrians this week as the month-long, regulated, French soldes, or sales, began in stores and the sun warmed temperatures to 60 degrees. Our favorite stops were the Bechard patisserie, where we had creampuffs with mounds of whip cream that both brought a sign and painted our faces, and the Book in Bar store, a marvelous English-language bookstore where one can sit for hours with a cup of tea, dessert and something to read.