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  • Sometimes you have a day where you do a ton of errands. Today was one of them. Thinking back, it seems as if what I did in the morning was yesterday or even days ago.

    My day began like most, by going downstairs then opening the front door to rue Manuel, covered in bright Mediterranean sun, and waking down into the big market area, which on Tuesdays, along with Thursdays and Saturdays, becomes a full fledged european market. From the cheese and sausage stands to the veggie and fruit vendors, they have it all covered. They even have vietnamese food and rotisserie chicken. And if food isn't the market you had in mind, the no edible goods market is across the street. Too bad it is Wednesday.

    We picked up a few things then headed towards the Cours Mirabeau, the poster street of Aix, famous for it's cafes. We took pics and made our way to la Rotunde where the big stores were. We hit up H&M and then continued to Bricorama, a hardware store that had some candles and a power strip. We then headed back into the old city, discovering a series of really neat spaces and buildings. We found a church and school that was hidden along a nameless city street, featuring an amazing chapel.

    One of the reasons why I love Europe in general is the fact that there is more then just what meets the eye. I know that this is true for many places in the world but I've found this to be a contrast in my life, growing up in American suburbia where everyone has a property with a yard. Even downtown and commercial areas are predictable. You look at a building or space and know about it more then I've found here in Europe. This moment, finding the massive church hidden behind just another standard door on a small city street, is a great example of it. In a world where I live for discovery, it comes in so many ways here.

    After our discovery of the church, we headed towards Nick and O'Neill's place by Saint Sauveur Cathedral. We found a small papeterie and got some paper for mounting Charley's drawings. We headed back to the house to drop off our collection of purchases and for a nap.
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