|Madly in love with Aix~|
Aix-en-Provence amplifies being splendidly alive...
Dating back to the ancient Romans, Aix holds the ethos of excellence in arts and effervescent humanity imparted by its Good King Rene who rode with Joan of Arc--and is thought to be the emblem of the Renaissance: “Rene’s essence”…
Another name synonymous with Aix is that of native and life-long artist, Paul Cezanne: L’Atelier de Cézanne.
A factor in imparting the golden glow to Aix were the Bibémus Quarries, and now a public park in honor of Cézanne, which the artist obsessively painted from 1895 to 1904. In operation from the time of the Roman Empire, the rock was used extensively in the construction of Aix’s 17th and 18th century buildings.
At the heart of the City of Fountains is Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d'Aix-en-Provence on the leafy Cours Mirabeau—one of France’s most beloved strolling boulevards.
The original church--founded by Saint Maximinus who arrived in Provence with Mary Magdalene—was constructed over an Apollo temple on the old Roman route--Via Aurelia.
The Cathedral was re-built from the 12th through the 19th century and thus a pastiche of Romanesque, Gothic and Neo-Gothic elements, and with Roman columns as part of the baptistery that dates from the 6th-century church.
Another must visit temple is a gastromic one, and yet, not for its cuisine. Les Deux Garçons, also on the famed Cours, might rightly be said to be resting a bit lazily on its laurels—yet, quelle laurels. Enjoy an aperitif and soak up the spiritual atmosphere of every artist, singer, writer, star or famous politician who arrived here from 1792 …
Why are French women so vibrantly slim, attractive and healthy-looking at every age? You are what you eat is the inescapable truth. The cuisine of Aix reflects that in this classic dish prepared from freshest Farmer’s Market ingredients.
An enduring symbol for me was my grandmother's French friend, Miss Colburn. Married to an American diplomat, even at age 90 she was one of the most charming, beautiful women I ever met. Her irrepressible joie de vivre was a treasure. Delightfully outfitted each day in cashmere and pearls, she remains the ever witty symbol of all that's best in France for me. She ate healthily, laughed always, and loved French wine...
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
6 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 unpeeled large eggplant diced
2 green bell peppers, diced
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 large zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
4 ounces goat, diced
Heat oil in heavy large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic; stir 1 minute. Add eggplant, green bell peppers, tomatoes, onion, zucchini and basil. Sauté 5 minutes. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, stir occasionally, about 25 minutes. Uncover simmer until juice thickens, stir occasionally, about 10 minutes. Mix in vinegar; season to taste with salt and pepper. Can make ahead and refrigerate.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread ratatouille in 9-inch-diameter pie dish. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired. Bake until heated through, about 20 minutes.
An excellent short video on Aix: (HERE). Thank you so much for stopping by...To your fantastic week!