28 11 2012

My French Quest

“Giving Thanks in France in Aix-en-Provence”

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I took a trip to Aix-en-Provence, a city in the south of France which was founded in 123 BC.  The three hour train ride took me through the beautiful countryside of Provence complete with wine vineyards, rows of lilacs, medieval fortresses, rolling green hills bordered by hedgerows, and sunshine (which I don’t see much of in Paris!!) As the train pulled into Aix, I could see Montagne Sainte-Victoire, one of the famous landmarks which was also the favorite subject of Paul Cezanne’s works.

In the 4th century, when Aix was the capital of Provence, a Merovingian baptistery was built in what is now the Saint-Sauveur Cathedrale.  This baptistery is situated in an octagonal basin surrounded by marble columns and Roman frescos dating back to the 5th century.  On Sunday morning, I had my own private worship time complete…

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