Sunday, July 21, 2013

Aix: Les Lions + Les Soldes

Some Saturdays ago, we decided to go to Aix-en-Provence. I love going to Aix, but I especially love going to Aix when we're meeting Mr. & Mrs. London. Meeting Mr. & Mrs. London means that Mrs. London and I get to leave Mr. London and The Husband in a pub and then trot off to shops and charming sidewalk cafés for Rosé.

This particular Saturday was a special one; The Lions were playing the Wallabies (Rugby of course... the Lions are a team made up of the best players from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and the Wallabies are the Australian national team), so that was the boys sorted, and les soldes were on (for those that don't know, sales in France only happen twice a year; in the winter, and in the summer, so when they're on, all hell-o-operator breaks loose), so that was us sorted.

Pub O'Sullivan's Aix-en-Provence

It was 11 when we arrived. I had wanted to get there at 10 to have time to peruse the shops before the chaos commenced, but The Husband dragged his feet (this is what he does... if I say I want to leave earlier than planned, he says OK, but then deliberately takes his time getting ready so we end up leaving close to the later time... he can act like he doesn't do this on purpose but I know he does).

When we got there, we found Mr & Mrs London plus Mr. London's baby brother waiting at the fountain outside the pub. The pub said they weren't opening for another twenty minutes. Now the smart thing for the guys to do would have been to find a nearby cafe, have a coffee and wait the twenty minutes, but since that would have been the smart thing, they didn't. Instead they went off in the 32ºC/ 90ºF heat, in search of another pub that would be showing that match and that was opened. Mrs. London and I went off in search of bargains.

Each store was so jammed, and it was so hot that we decided that shopping was a no go. A place in the shade with a chilled glass of pink was a much better option. (However in one of the jam-packed shops, I found an olive green handbag that I just had to have; originally €40 marked down to €12! WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER! So I didn't leave les soldes completely empty handed... that would have been wrong.)

We found the boys in the pub they had originally been waiting outside of. They had walked all around Aix, in the blaring heat, only to come back to where they started. Yeah, that sounds about right.

Now since they are boys, and they're in a pub, watching rugby, you'd think they were drinking beer, right? Not our boys. They were drinking Betty Boops; a champagne, manzana (apple schnapps), watermelon juice and pear juice cocktail... well la-di-da.

We left them to their little umbrella cocktails and went in search of sustenance. And by sustenance I mean tapas. And Rosé. Let's not forget the Rosé. But there was one thing we weren't counting on, finding the tapas and Rosé in the hottest spot in Aix. I swear it was like sitting on the sun.

Tapas Aix-en-Provence

I mean look at that tapas plate... it's glowing red it's so hot! (OK, maybe it's not glowing red because of the heat and instead it's taken on a red hue from the light shining through the red canopy we were sitting under but still, it was hot. Being trapped under that canopy was sheer torture).

Put it this way... it was so hot I couldn't even drink my Rosé. I COULDN'T DRINK MY WINE. That's crazy hot.


23 comments:

  1. Too hot for rosé?! Blasphemy. Hope you and the husband had a nice day anyhow :)

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  2. Ugh, I can't imagine trying to conquer the sales in the heat! Luckily it's a pleasant 70-75 (80 at the very most) degrees here in Belgium recently. At least you got a cute new handbag out of the suffering. :) I only bought a couple pairs of shoes during the sales here... I kind of lose motivation if there are too many people (plus I also get sidetracked by the new collection and end up buying something that isn't on sale). :)

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  3. Aix is no fun when it's really hot. The buildings block the breeze and hold the heat in - it was always 5 degrees hotter in Aix than it was at our place.
    You should have asked for some ice in a glass and popped them one by one into your rosé to keep it cool.

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    1. It wasn't the temp of the rosé that was the problem (Lord knows I ice that shiz when needed), it was that under that canopy it was too hot and stuffy to drink wine. Maybe an ice cold beer would have been ok, but drinking wine made me feel like I would shrivel up like a raisin and die.

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  4. You always have the greatest adventures! Glad you scored a cute purse! Still thinking I need ti find a perfect rose.

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  5. Wasn't today hot?! I went soldes shopping in Salon-de-Provence and my husband spent the whole time at the wine store. I got a purse too :) and he got ...wine. lol!

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  6. I want one of those cocktails! I'm dying too, living sous les toits is fine for keeping winter heating bills down, but torture this time of year.

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  7. Shopping in such a heat is definitely not very funny! But glad you found that handbag! Please, I would love to see it!
    And it is very cute that your boys prefer to drink such manly cocktails!

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  8. The Betty Boop cocktail sounds refreshing and delicious too! Too hot to shop and drink wine - that's hot! At least you came away with one bargain.

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  9. I'm such a fan of the sales. Glad you got a great hand bag out of it! It's too bad that it was so hot though :(. We've had a pretty mild summer here so far.

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  10. tehehe love that the guys were drinking Betty BOops- sounds amazing in this heat though haha!

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  11. It really is too hot to drink! I hear you!!! I have been pounding water, nothing else, just water.

    And OMG...BETTY BOOPS!!!!! That, is amazing. Picturing your face as you walked into a manly pub seeing your husband drinking something called a Betty Boop! I'm sure it was priceless. I'm laughing, so I can imagine how funny it was seeing it live!

    Thanks for the Monday morning giggle. : )

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  12. Too...hot...for...wine? I know and yet I still can't except it. ;)

    And I am basically hiding out with the shutters closed in the dark, waiting for October to roll around so that I can breathe again.

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  13. oh gosh, les soldes were seriously one of the best parts of my summer in France. I bought wayyyyy too much stuff, but at those prices how can you resist??!?

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  14. sara, only you could find an irish pub in the midst of provence!

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  15. Hard to believe it would ever be too hot for you to enjoy checking out les soldes. Incroyable. I hope it cools off just a little soon so you can enjoy shopping and rosé again.

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  16. GAH! My husband drags his feet on purpose too, but won't admit it. And yet when HE wants to be somewhere on time, it's life or death if we're late. lol

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  17. Too hot for wine. Hard to believe, yet I get it. Yet ... it is never too hot for beer. And that's how we roll in Colorado. xo

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  18. further proof we could be biffs....i happen to OWN a Detroit Lions jersey (even though the only time I've ever been to Detroit was 27 minutes on a layover). And yes, it's football BUT I feel that with a scarf, I might just be able to play it off as a rugby jersey. Plus, I feel I could really get down with a Betty Boop.

    And I love olive green handbags....See? #americanbiffmaterial

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  19. You wasted a glass of wine?! That doesn't sound like that Sara I'm getting to know. ;o) Maybe the pub would have been a bit cooler? Betty Boops, besides the unfortunate name, don't actually sound half bad!

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  20. JON DOES THE EXACT SAME THING. I swear to God, when he wants to leave there is nothing that will keep him in the house. When I want to leave, there are SO MANY THINGS to do first!

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  21. You know it's too hot when you can't even drink your wine!

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  22. Well what else would you drink when watching the rugby... Was a good match too ;o)

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