We ventured out last weekend to the Christmas markets in Aix-en-Provence.
As always, the lights are just magical.
The kids also got to enjoy a carnival ride or two.
Not to mention the man with some apparatus to make giant bubbles.
I enjoyed the spiced wine and these lovely light garlands for sale in one of the market stalls.
The santon display was enchanting - it's a big Provençal Christmas tradition to create a little crèche/nativity scene in your home with these guys. They sell the individual mangers, figures and every kind of animal you can think of. Not to mention bridges, water wheels, little ladies selling calissons, even rows of lavender with harvesting workers (not sure how many of those were around when Jesus was born).
The santon scene on the Cours Mirabeau is quite large and enclosed behind perspex (there would be thousands of euros worth of santons in there). I wish I could've shown you a picture of the whole thing, but there were people standing three deep in front of it, so a bit difficult to photograph (there were also a lot of little nose prints on the perspex by this stage).
Turning water wheel complete with real water.
Finding little baby Jesus was a bit like Where's Wally, but I finally located the Holy Family.
Pay no attention to the Lord Jesus being welcomed by folks in 18th century dress.
Once we'd had our fill of gingerbread and pretzels it was time to head home, pausing to check out the nearly full moon.
And marvel at the disco ball. I love disco balls.
What else has been going on this week? The kids have finished school for the calendar year.
I made some progress on Christmas gifts, finishing this covered journal for our lovely babysitter (using Ros from Bloom's great tutorial again).
Then I had to make a matching drawstring bag because Eva's were just so cute.
Drawstring bag pattern can be found here at Jeni's blog In Color Order
The lovely Susan, who blogs at PatchworkNplay sent me some gorgeous Christmas decorations:
They look very French, non? Thank you so much Susan.
I also went out to dinner one night with some girlfriends and ate these awesome profiteroles for dessert. I thought I should tell you.
Today we went to the annual Truffle Festival at Rognes. There were heaps of people, it was cold, I ate lots and that's all.
Just kidding, those pictures will be up next. Hope your last week isn't too hectic!