Saturday, December 30, 2017

Noël 2017

The week before Christmas, we visited Aix-en-Provence. I wanted to stop by again before we move back to the U.S... and that clock is ticking!

I was hoping the Christmas market would be bigger, but it was still festive and fun to walk through.

The south of France really has nothing on the north when it comes to Christmas- but something they do do better are pretty pastel streets like these.

Ballerina Christmas lights!
That's me. The American.
Aix-en-Provence has an interesting cathedral. The baptistery is from the 6th century. It's one of only two churches in France that still has a baptismal font. Back from when the Catholics used to dunk instead of sprinkle.

Baptistery- font in the middle and the columns were recycled from an ancient Roman temple
Baptistery ceiling
We were able to do a guided tour of the cathedral cloisters. The original purpose of cloisters was to be a private meditation garden for monks. Each sculpture told a Bible story, all going in chronological order. It was pretty interesting!

Cannes also has a cute holiday market that I wanted to visit. There was even a giant tree at the Palais des Festivals that I don't remember from last year.

The red carpet had to get decked out too.
It's usually worth it to stick around for the sunset when you're hanging out by the beach.

For Christmas weekend we went to Gap to be with David’s family. I was happy it was a “partially white” Christmas. There was pretty snow on the mountains and a tiny bit sticking to the ground.

I found Père Noël in downtown Gap!

David kept busy cooking for all of us. On Christmas Eve he made lemon chicken pasta and for Christmas Day he did a big Thanksgiving-style meal. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, and mashed potatoes (all home-made). Good thing one of us knows how to cook and enjoys it!

Nicole took care of dessert- including this chocolate cake. 

I got to video chat with my family on Christmas morning and watch the dogs act like little kids with their new toys. I’m definitely excited to be home for the holidays next year! 

We were both spoiled by Santa Claus and had a fun 3rd (2nd while married) Christmas together.

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