Our pleasant stay in Aix began the night before, with an enjoyable meal at Crêpes, Cidre et Compagnie. The next morning, well rested, we started with a stroll through the city of a thousand fountains.
Within a short walk from the Old Quarter, we found L’Atelier de Paul Cézanne (Cezanne’s Studio) — for art enthusiasts, a must. Here you get to glimpse into the great painters private universe. Books, easel, bowls, plates and many objects he used for his still lifes are displayed in his workspace and although there is no artwork from the painter, the studio is fascinating to visit as is the courtyard and gardens.
Photographs are not allowed in the studio, so Gordon settled on the sofa to sketch the artist’s space and from his vantage point he could see his reflection across the room.
Back exploring the narrow city streets, we stumbled on churches, squares and more fountains.
Including an enticing farmers’ market at Place Richelme. Seduced by the smells, colours, and tastings we walked away with a Provençal selection of olives, cheese, Charcuterie and bread with the intend to picnic in the shared courtyard back at our apartment…
amid the laundry out to dry.
Later we visited the Musée Granet. This small museum offers an eclectic collection of art from the 14th to 20th century, including a few important works from Picasso, Van Gogh, Renoir, Cézanne, and Monet just to name a few — worth a visit.
Leaving the Musée, we walked along the famous Cours Mirabeau. Beautiful historic buildings and tall plane-trees line this busy central avenue, along which numerous cafés and brasseries that spill on the wide sidewalks.
We spotted these atlantes supporting a balcony at L’hôtel Maurel de Pontevès along the avenue.
We slowly made our way back to the apartment while enjoying the evenings ambiance.
Tomorrow, a visit to the countryside awaits.
Ginette and Gord
14 thoughts on “Aix in the Heart of Provence”
I love aix!
Aix was our first stop on our mini-tour of Provence, and one city we can easily visualize settling in for a long while. -Ginette
Loving every moment,thank you memories of my travels so many years ago !
Thank you for you comment Sallee, and I’m happy the post brought back good memories. – Ginette
Wow, what an amazing trip – specially with the food pictures! 🙂
It was an amazing trip Lucy, and this was only our first day:) Food markets always draw us in. – Ginette
That must have been an incredible first day! 😀 Looking forward to all your future posts already! 🙂
The photo of the cheese set my mouth to watering, Ginnette. Tell Gord I enjoyed his sketch. –Curt
I really don’t know how the French stay so slim tempted with cheese, baguettes and croissants around every corner!
Thank you from my multi-talented guy (in my opinion anyways) – Ginette
I am sure it is the red wine and chocolate that keep them so slender… 🙂 –Curt
Three cheers to wine and chocolate!
Your photos and descriptions make me long for Europe. the history, the statues, the fountains, the cheese, the wine. Blissful. Great sketch too!
Indeed Sue, it was a blissful get-away, a trip to re-visit all winter long (with a glass of wine) as we plan our next big adventure…and Gord says thank you:)
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