I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday preparations and we are certainly counting down the days to rejoin family and celebrate the best of the season– which thankfully involves a lot of fabulous cooking by my belle mère (mother-in-law). And let me tell you, these French mamans really go-to-town as far as the holiday eating is concerned. And I, for one, can’t wait to get my fork into her famous turkey stuffed with chestnuts… an annual favorite!
Last weekend we had the chance to visit Aix-en-Provence and the city was full of the Christmas spirit… showcasing many old & new traditions. I especially loved the huge crèche provençale on Cours Mirabeau that even featured a replica of one of Aix’s many fountains (photo below). And what would a Provençal nativity scene be without tiny “peasants” collecting lavender and harvesting olives? Really, this crèche was très très impressive.
And of course there were the windows of bûches & many other seasonal pastries that we can never pass up. They look more like works of art than simple desserts… and basically, I want them all!
I hope you enjoy these scenes from Christmas in Aix and wishing you & yours a very Joyeux Noël!
Holly at the Saturday flower market
Bûches de noël at Patisserie Riederer