Mercure Aix en Provence Ste Victoire
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... until the sugar dissolves. Cook over medium heat until the syrup turns a warm caramel color. Don't stir, just swirl it in the pan. Off the heat, add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla; be careful, the syrup will bubble violently. Stir and cook over high heat until the caramel reaches 230 degrees F (thread stage) on a candy thermometer. Set aside.
For the praline, combine the almonds with 1/4 cup of the caramel and spread them on a sheet ...
Well, it had to happen sooner or later and better for being later. After Easter, the tourist buses have finally appeared. All the back country roads aren't a deterrent and even in little Roussillon that we have tries to visit on two previous occasions had one at 10.30 am.
But that's still not what I'm talking about. We have also noticed an increase in rental cars, so ...
... that you can spray that keeps the scent.
Left for a drive up to Digne les Bains. Spa closed. Walk in the river.
One thing we needed to do today is our laundry. We found a Lavarie in Digne. What a perfect town for it...in the middle of a lavender area and thermal hot springs. We found the launderette, now to figure out how to get the machine to work. It's not like at home (during college anyway) where you put in ...
... hardly a cloud and that azure water! Heaven? We didn't have enough time in Nice - simply it was a lunch stop and it took too long! Most days we have managed to find a little cafe with a few simple salads on the menu (nicoise for Mr S and Caesar for moi) and only take 30 mins so we have time to see some stuff. We had been warned about Provence time (a bit like Fiji time) but this has worked pretty well for us - nice long naps in the afternoon etc but today it just meant that our lunch ...
... space to display these newly-acquired treasures, the Chapelle des Penitents Blancs (a church built in 1664 not far from the museum) was entirely renovated for that purpose. Today, in this magnificently restored chapel, many additional works of Picasso and several contemp-oraries are displayed in grand fashion. I believe Dee and I were as impressed by the renovated chapel, as we were with the works of art on display.
After museum touring, ...