Aix-en-Provence

Enjoying the morning on the 'Place de de l'Hôtel de ville' (City Hall Square)

Enjoying the morning on the Place de l'Hôtel de ville (City Hall Square)

Sometime in early August 2014, my friend Didier (look at my Sainte-Victoire, Camargue, or any of the wine country pages if you don't remember him) and I were debating where to go for our next photo shoot. At some point, it occurred to me that in spite of having lived in the south of France for over two decades, I had never actually visited Aix-en-Provence. This insight, coupled with the knowledge that Didier has lived in that beautiful place for many years, made me suggest a stroll through the old part of Aix. Fortunately, Didier was fine with this, and on August 20, we met on the outskirts of town.

We spent a good part of the day walking around Aix, and it was an absolute joy to listen to someone who is as knowledgeable and passionate about the history of his town as Didier is. Aix is a city of history (it was founded over 2,000 years ago!), of water (there are fountains everywhere), of beauty, of wide avenues and narrow streets... It would be impossible to try to convey all the information I got from Didier that day. Instead, I encourage you to start reading up on it on your own, starting perhaps with this page. After we had walked a fair bit, we had a very tasty lunch at Chez Jo and a ride in a Diabline, an electric vehicle that is the only form of public transportation allowed in the narrow and cobbled streets of the old town. Finally, Didier drove me along the Avenue Cézanne from where one has a wonderful view of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire. What can I say? Un grand merci to Didier for making this such a wonderful and memorable day!

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The lovely 'Forum des Cardeurs' 'L'Hôtel de ville' (City Hall)

The lovely Forum des Cardeurs

L'Hôtel de ville (City Hall)


'Place de de l'Hôtel de ville' (City Hall Square) 'Place de de l'Hôtel de ville' (City Hall Square)

Place de de l'Hôtel de ville (City Hall Square)

Place de de l'Hôtel de ville (City Hall Square)


'Tour de l'horloge' (Clock tower) Relaxing in the heart of town

Tour de l'horloge (Clock tower)

Relaxing in the heart of town


'Place des martyres de la Résistance' In the basement of the tapestry museum

Place des martyres de la Résistance

In the basement of the tapestry museum


Art gallery In front of the Institute of Political Studies

Art gallery

In front of the Institute of Political Studies


Inside the 'Saint Sauveur' cathedral Inside the octagonal baptistry of the 'Saint Sauveur' cathedral

Inside the Saint Sauveur cathedral

Inside the octagonal baptistry of the Saint Sauveur cathedral


'Inside the octagonal baptistry of the 'Saint Sauveur' cathedral The cloister

Inside the octagonal baptistry of the Saint Sauveur cathedral

The cloister


The cloister Carved decoration on a cloister column The cathedral;l seen from the cloister

The cloister

Carved decoration on a cloister column

The cathedral;l seen from the cloister


'Place des trois ormeaux' (Square of the three elms) 'Église des Prêcheurs' (Church of the preaching friars)

Place des trois ormeaux (Square of the three elms)

Église des Prêcheurs (Church of the preaching friars)


'Place des Prêcheurs' (Square of the preaching friars) The court of appeals

Place des Prêcheurs (Square of the preaching friars)

The court of appeals


In front of the criminal court building Statue of Mirabeau inside the criminal court building

In front of the criminal court building

Statue of Mirabeau inside the criminal court building


In front of the criminal court building 'Place Ramus' 'Rue Loubon'

In front of the criminal court building

Place Ramus

Rue Loubon


Market in the 'Place Richelme' Market in the 'Place Richelme'

Market in the Place Richelme

Market in the Place Richelme


'Rue Aumône Vieille' 'La Taverne de Platon'

Rue Aumône Vieille

La Taverne de Platon


'Rue Isolette' 'Place des Augustins'

Rue Isolette

Place des Augustins


'Les Allées Provençales' 'Terrasses du Grand Théâtre de Provence'

Les Allées Provençales

Terrasses du Grand Théâtre de Provence


'Fontaine de la Rotonde' 'Cours Mirabeau'

Fontaine de la Rotonde

Cours Mirabeau


On the 'Cours Mirabeau' The 'Place d'Albertas'

On the Cours Mirabeau

The Place d'Albertas


The 'Diabline': environmentally-friendly public transportation Our fellow passegers on the 'Diabline'

The Diabline: environmentally-friendly public transportation

Our fellow passegers on the Diabline


Cézanne's favorite: the 'Montagne Sainte-Victoire' View from the 'Avenue Cézanne'

Cézanne's favorite: the Montagne Sainte-Victoire

View from the Avenue Cézanne


The photos on this page were taken on August 20, 2014.

These and some additional photographs are also available in one of our web galleries.
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