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Tour of Aix-en-Provence

Greetings all from Aix-En-Province, Southern France

Continuing on from our jam-packed day yesterday our jet lagged bodies managed to drag themselves onto a bus and onto the main streets of Aix-En-Provence to explore the fascinating nightlife of the French markets. After getting temporary ink tattooed and enjoying some truly crap beer, at a local pub, we pulled ourselves home to discover our first injury of the trip – Kyle and his broken toe, but Kyle being none other than Kyle has managed his injury well. After a good night’s worth of sleep and a weird breakfast of hot Nesquick, we ventured into the truly astonishing and breathtaking Church of the Madeline where we celebrated mass for the day. This is where Eugene De Mazenod gave his famous Lenten Homily to the poor in provencal (the language of the servants). We then went on a walking tour around Aix-En-Provence with Father Ned. On the tour we saw, the house where Eugene was born and lived, his mother’s family’s house, the prison where Eugene was Chaplin (now the court of appeal) as well as a number of other fantastic and historical places in Aix-En-Provence. We then split up to enjoy a variety of cuisines for lunch and some time to wander around Aix-En-Provence and take in the sights of the shops. As we sit here looking at the beautiful landscape that is France.  We’d like to say a huge 'bonjour' to our families and friends back home. Everybody is getting along great and seems to be really enjoying themselves. Tomorrow our pilgrimage continues to Avignon, the once capital of the Christian world. Continuing updates of our fantastic adventures will appear as they come. Until next time…. "Au revior".

By Michael Keogh And Brendan Vaughn

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