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looking up on a street corner
in the old town of Aix-en-Provence

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Aix-en-Provence is an old, but lively town in the heart of the Provence. Maybe because it has a university, there is a very young and lively atmosphere. It seems like a nice place to spend more time, even though - I suppose - in summer it can get quite busy with tourists.

It is also the hometown of the famous painter Paul CÚzanne.

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The saint on the corner here is Saint Nicolas, the patron saint of all innocent children. This interesting figure actually has his roots in what is now Turkey. Yet, the story goes he hails from Spain, and his main relics are supposed to be in Italy. A globalized saint!

In the Netherlands the day of Saint Nicolas (6 December) is the day all children get presents. Sinterklaas (i.e. Saint Nicolas in Dutch) was later used as a template for the American Santa Claus character.

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