This is part two to our time in Aix-en-Provence. Part one can be found here.
Part I left off after a wonderful Michelin dinner in the heart of Aix-en-Provence.
The next morning we headed into town to the Aix markets. Overflowing with spices, blushing tomatoes, vivd currants and more iterations than we could count of the region's famous olives. We picked up some local green olives with Provencal herbs - trying a good dozen along the way.
Next, we wandered to Hôtel de Caumont Art Centre, where we had heard masterpieces from the Guggenheim collection were being exhibited.
The centre itself is worth visiting, Guggenheim exhibition or not. Located in the southern and historic part of Aix-en-Provence, it is a wonderful example of French 18th century architecture. It is open everyday, and times can be found here.
Hôtel de Caumont Art Centre
We entered through the gates and sunny front courtyard. Dappled sunshine filtered through the trees.
Like so many great artists before us - the light here captured us.
We fuelled ourselves in the courtyard with jus d'orange, before wandering around the garden on the lower terrace of the property.
Eventually, we headed upstairs to the deliciously, cool dark rooms of the exhibition. We feasted our eyes on the works of Cezanne, Picasso, Renoir, Monet and Manet.
Next, we went in search of little modern art at Gallifet Art Center. We entered off the street into a large oasis of a courtyard - complete with fresh lemonade and crisp rosé.
The lease rustled above us and the lilting chatter of nearby French couples and families drifted on the breeze.
In the evening, we found ourselves tucked away underneath one of the great ancient trees that provided a perfect view back to Château de Fonscolombe (where we stayed while in Provence). We popped the bottle of rosé kindly provided with our room and from the properties own vineyards, and munched on the herbed olives we had picked up earlier at the markets in Aix.
The end to a truly perfect, quintessential day in Provence.
Before our flight the next morning, we had a quick breakfast and then shot our products around the picturesque chateau.
Our French Pink Clay in fact originates from the South of France. It is perfect for sensitive skin and is used to brighten and soften skin, while gently pulling impurities. A product truly as special and unique as our time in Provence.
We were so wrapped up in shooting we had to make a dash for our flight to Milan. We made it by a hair's breadth.
As our plane climbed higher and higher, nostalgia settled in for our time in Provence – already a sun drenched memory.
We have been planning a trip back ever since.