Just back from the So. of France. Your shopping advice was great - Aix is a small and beautiful city with great stores! I did some nice clothes shopping both at Alain Manoukian and Gerard Darel, but decided to wait on the bags since we had decided to stop in Cannes the last day. Big mistake! We arrived past 7 P.M. and the stores were closed!! So all I did was look in the windows. But its okay - we are planning to be back in the area later this Spring or early Summer. My biggest regret was not getting a Gerard Darel bag - waiting for bigger things!! How stupid of me - those bags are just lovely and great prices. Do you know these bags? Are they popular in France? What colors do you see this time of year? Thanks for your advice.